September 8, 2017 | | Post a Comment

I have reached the point in life where I find myself asking, “Who am I”. What seems a simple question is very complicated. Throughout life, I have been different people at different times. Once the outgoing carefree kid, I eventually became the introverted, withdrawn teenager before becoming the adventurous twenty something. Then, who am I now? Maybe I am lost—not as someone who wanders aimlessly through life, but as one

March 29, 2017 | | Post a Comment

It all started on a warm spring day… Ok, so maybe not, but wouldn’t you like to learn what “The Cat Calls Me Roger” is all about? Simply put, Roger is me. It is the story of things I have faced in my life, my family, the day-to-day struggles, the triumphs. I believe we all have a story to tell and a lesson to share. Most of us live lives

October 11, 2017 | | Post a Comment

Today I’m having my second surgery on my right knee. The first was 11 years ago–about a year after the first injury–and cleaned up some cartilage I tore off the knee cap. Today, they will be removing portions of my torn meniscus to prevent locking and buckling. Eventually the knee will need to be replaced, not until I’m older (to minimize the possibility of replacing the replacement later). This is

August 28, 2017 | | Post a Comment

I often worry that insider stories I write about Mike will denigrate his memory or legacy. However, we all have our flaws that make us unique. For Mike, one of those flaws was his stubborn streak. I can talk about this flaw easily because it’s one of the prevailing traits of all of the men in my family. Over time, I have learned to suppress or overcome mine, but my

August 26, 2017 | | Post a Comment

This week we’ve been preparing for Abby to move into her college dorm and begin her freshman year. During the process, I’ve had a chance to reflect on my time as a student–and it was a lot of time! Along the way, I had some good stories and some bad. Comparing my stories to what I know about Taylor University, am blessed that my kids will have much better professors.

August 24, 2017 | | 1 Comment

Time is a funny thing. When you’re 10, an hour feels like a week. At 40, that same hour seems like mere minutes. It’s all about perspective really, to a 10 year old, an hour is a larger fraction of time in relation to the time you’ve been alive. I’m not really telling any of you something new, but I was thinking again this morning. (Thinking quite often gets me

August 21, 2017 | | Post a Comment

Thanks to Plexus, I was able to pretty much close my migraine journal and not think about it. Today, I have re-opened it. As best I can, I’ve been trying to track changes over the last three weeks. Unfortunately, I haven’t found any one thing that has changed. Many of you recall that from March 22 – July 31, I only had 2 migraines. However, since August 1st, I have

August 20, 2017 | | Post a Comment

Just a little over 11 years ago, I left the church I grew up in. A church home where I attended from birth until I was 30. Looking back, I am so blessed to have been shown the way to a closer relationship with my savior. Timothy 1 and 2 were the guiding influence in that decision. You see, Timothy talks at length about the church, the role of pastors and

July 28, 2017 | | Post a Comment

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve written a headache journal entry or provided a migraine update. Why? Because the migraines have gone the way of the dodo. Always the skeptic, 4 months ago, I would have NEVER even imaged writing this article. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be able to provide this testimony. Migraine Ambassador to Plexus Ambassador This time last year, I considered myself

June 30, 2017 | | Post a Comment

A few people have asked me about my penchant for fake news after I started sharing Onion and BabylonBee articles. I’d say that, for me, it all started at or around inauguration of Donald Trump. Sadly, satirical news sites such as The Onion and BabylonBee are just as “real” or true as the mainstream media. Motivation When we try to determine the validity of any news content, we must ask

June 26, 2017 | | Post a Comment

When will it come back? How long will I feel good? These two questions that I have found are fairly common for people suffering from chronic illness. Chronic migraine is no different. In 4 days, it will have been 10 weeks since my last migraine. It has been a wonderful ride so far, but those two questions linger in the back of my mind. How long can I remain migraine-free?

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