These past couple of months have been ten times better than anything has been for my sister for the past two years. She has been stronger, gotten healthier, and has even been able to work out regularly. She's been getting more involved in school and actually has a social life, which has been a huge relief to our family. She's a senior now, and part of us were worried that her whole teen life was going to be completely plagued and controlled by this disease. But lately, she's been better; she's almost ... read more
For the past few months, my family and I have been able to forget some of the horrible symptoms of my sister's disease. Since the holidays, it's been relatively quiet; her pain has been manageable, and she's been happy; she hangs out with friends, her boyfriend, practices driving, and stays up late on the weekends. But a few days ago, we were reminded that chronic illness is just that: chronic.
It started when she couldn't sleep for a few nights in a row. She missed a few days of school, became ... read more
"It could be worse." It's a common saying, one that people who are going through a lot often hear from their peers. I can tell you, though, from personal experience, that life over this past year-and-a-half with my chronically ill sister has made that saying a hard one to believe at times. The constant pain and strain that her Lyme has put into her life makes it hard to see past the disease; sometimes, there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel. One thing, though, that has pushed us to look ... read more
If there's one thing that I learned throughout my sister's battle with Chronic Lyme Disease, it's that giving up is never an option. While it's the most important lesson, it sometimes seems impossible.
Whether you are the person with the illness, the main caregiver, a friend, or a supporter, it sometimes seems much easier to let go and give in, than to push through one more day. The truth is, though, it's that pushing through that gives both the patient and the caregiver the will and the reason ... read more
Chronic illness. It’s not something one usually thinks about until it affects them personally. I know I didn’t. When I heard of someone I knew dealing with a loved one who was sick, I always felt sympathy. But it was always something that I took to heart, then often put out of my mind, merely because of the unpleasantness of the thought. But then it happened; someone I knew and loved became chronically ill. Someone I knew had their life turned upside down, and in turn, mine was flipped as well. ... read more
This past weekend, my younger sister and I took a trip with some friends to Solomons Island. I had heard about Solomons, but despite living fairly close to the area, I had never been. We only stayed in Solomon’s Island for a few hours, but the relaxed, peaceful atmosphere made it feel like a mini-vacation.
Our first stop in Solomons was to our friends’ boat which was docked at a beautiful yacht club. No matter where we turned, there were breathtaking sights on every side of the boat, from ... read more
When I was in high school, my family decided to buy a vacation house in Garrett County. While that area is one of my favorite places in the world, though, one of the treasures about it is what we pass while on the way there: Penn Alps Restaurant and Craft Shop.
My family first discovered Penn Alps while on the way to the Deep Creek Lake area almost ten years ago. We stopped for some dinner on the way, and got a lot more than that. Penn Alps is settled quietly, yet conveniently, off of US 219, so it’s easy to get to without any of the crazy highway hustle and bustle.
There are many perks about stopping at Penn Alps, and while the delicious food is one of them, the artisan craft village that’s on the property is definitely another. While waiting to eat, or for an after-meal stroll, you can walk right out of the restaurant and enter the village.
Complete with woodcarving, pottery, ornaments and more, the artisan village brings its visitors back in time, while perhaps simultaneously getting them ahead on some holiday gift buying! If the artisans are present, you can even watch them at work.
The magic of Penn Alps is that you can go to just one place for delicious, home style cooking, entertainment, gifts, and a history lesson.
If you are ever on your way towards Western Maryland, West Virginia or Pennsylvania, stop and spend some time at this one-of-a-kind gem. Get more information about Penn Alps restaurant, gifts, and artisans at www.pennalps.com.
Eight years ago, one of my very best friends moved from my hometown in Montgomery County, to what seemed to be the other end of the Earth, Edgewater in Anne Arundel County.
To middle school students who couldn't drive, she may as well have moved to China. Planning trips to see each other and to make the hour-long trip were a hassle; our parents had to make time for drop-offs and pick-ups. As the years passed though, and we were able to drive ourselves, I realized how much I loved visiting Edgewater.
Edgewater has a bit of a split personality - it has some of the pizzazz of its neighbor, Annapolis, but has beautiful, small-town charm, too. Edgewater is a haven for boaters, like my friend and her family. Because it's located, well, on the edge of the water, there are yacht clubs and marinas everywhere, making boating easily accessible.
Another treasure that draws me to Edgewater is the AMAZING seafood that is seemingly everywhere. My favorite was a mouth-watering crab cake sandwich at the Edgewater Restaurant, but there are plenty of other options around the town.
What I enjoy about Edgewater is that it's only about an hour from where I'm from, but it's like a mini-vacation each time I get to visit! There's beautiful scenery everywhere, with breathtaking views of the water that put your mind at ease, even if it's just for a quick visit.
To learn more about the town of Edgewater, visit www.edgewatermd.com.