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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.

Follow-ups at the PCP and Pulmonologist

I had been out of the hospital for two weeks when I went to see my pulmonologist. I was still on the oxygen. A technician took me off the oxygen at my appointment and we waited for a few minutes … Continue reading

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A Hospital Stay

It’s been a long while since  I was hospitalized for something other than my mental health. In late February Tyler was just getting over an earache when I started to have earaches and a sore throat. After putting it off … Continue reading

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Book Reviews!

Inspired by Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop. Prompt #3. Book Reviews! It’s been ten years since Abby Williams escaped her small town roots. Now, as an environmental lawyer she comes back to Barrens, IN to investigate a complaint about the town’s … Continue reading

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Falling For Him

Inspired by Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop. Prompt 6. Write about a time you fell down. When I saw this prompt only one famous fall came to mind. My boyfriend and I were at a bar so there must have been … Continue reading

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An Intimate Evening

I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the … Continue reading

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My Favorite Reads of the Year

I read about 150 books this year, which is easy to do if you love reading and are disabled! What follows are a few of my favorite reads of the year, and are not necessarily published in 2017: Susanna Owens … Continue reading

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More Trouble for Tyler

Thankfully Tyler is on winter break and if anyone deserves the time off it’s him. There have been more incidents of bullying and a couple of times of Tyler expressing the wish to kill himself. One that sticks in mind … Continue reading

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So Someone Beat Up My Kid

Yesterday I got a call from school telling me to pick Tyler up because he was beaten up on the playground. We’ve had a rough month with him. The first event was that some girls beat him up after he … Continue reading

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Gluten-Free: One Year Anniversary

When I found out from my doctor that I had Celiac disease I shocked him by being really happy!  I had been sick for well over a year, too nauseated to function on most days. After test after test, including … Continue reading

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It Only Takes One

October 10th was World Mental Health Day and no surprise, I was too depressed to write anything inspiring about it. But the next day I received an email from someone who reminded me that one conversation, one honest way of … Continue reading

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