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About mamasick

Emily Cullen is a pen-name. I suffer from chronic illnesses and diseases which include Bipolar Disorder, Asthma, Diabetes and Fibromyalgia. I had battled Lupus and Rheumatoid Arthritis but there is no longer evidence of me having these diseases and my Rheumatologist has declared them to be "burnt out" of my system. I am separated from my husband, “Grant”. Our son, “Tyler” was born in September of 2006 and suffers from tics and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, and is delayed in fine and gross motor skills. In my blog I seek to let sick moms know that they are not the only ones going through this, and to educate people about what can happens when one becomes catastrophically ill. I also strive to break down stereotypes of what a “Welfare Mom” is like. Anything that I have gone through due to being sick, is written on the pages of Mama Sick.

Oh, Fudge

This year my fourth grade son Tyler has gotten into trouble four times for using profane language. He’s had to miss recess a few times because of it. Truth be told (I know, I’m a horrible mom), Tyler has been … Continue reading

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Book Reviews!

Inspiration provided by Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop. I’ve been reading a variety of books lately and I want to share them with you! I probably read this in junior high, but it’s worth a reread as an adult. 13 year … Continue reading

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So My Psychiatrist Went Off On Me

I’ve been seeing my psychiatrist since last August. She is a resident but I picked her because she was under the supervision of a psychiatrist who has a good reputation. The resident can’t do anything without her final approval. When … Continue reading

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Book Review!

Thursday is Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop day! What if there was a drug you could take that would erase the memory of a trauma you experienced? 15 year old Jenny is given the drug to erase the memory of her … Continue reading

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Five Years of Surviving

Today is a special day for me. Five years ago I attempted suicide and I am celebrating that I wasn’t successful. I suffer from Bipolar Disorder, a disease that is characterized by extreme lows and extreme highs. The risk of … Continue reading

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Rhymes With Nice

Late last year my psychiatrist recommended that I up my dosage of one of my medicines. Pretty soon after I did this my scalp started to itch. I looked up the drug’s side effects and sure enough scratchy scalp was … Continue reading

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Christmas Whine

How was your Christmas? Mine was a mix of good and bad. Besides my chronic challenges I had a miserable cold and had somehow managed to strain my back. I was in a lot of pain, and walking, even sitting, … Continue reading

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No Grant in 2017

For the past two years I’ve had my co-pay for my hypersomnia medication paid by a non-profit agency. Even the generic of the medication is expensive, with my co-pay being over $300 a month. In October I got a letter … Continue reading

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Organic Aromas: Pure and Simple

(This is a sponsored product that I was given without cost. The opinions expressed are all my own.) The Nebulizing Essential Oil Diffuser by Organic Aromas offers the most effective dispersal and the most complete rendering of both the natural … Continue reading

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After over a year of chronic nausea I am very happy to say I have finally been diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Celiac is an autoimmune disease. When wheat, barley and rye are eaten a person’s body mounts an immune response … Continue reading

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