I Was Diagnosed With a Chronic Incurable Disease, and I Was Happy

I have struggled for over 20 years with symptoms that no one could explain. I so identify with the author. I now have a diagnoses and it is Myalgic Encephalomyelitis ME. I am so happy to finally have a name to all the issues I have been having for years. A name to explain why i can’t work, why my body does so many crazy things, why when i get tired or stressed all my symptoms rear their ugly heads and wreck havoc on my body. Why for so long I have been homebound.

Thought train Wrecks

I was diagnosed with a chronic, incurable disease this week, and I was happy. I called up friends and family, and they congratulated me. What may sound baffling to some, will make perfect sense to anyone who has ever struggled with an undiagnosed illness. I wasn’t happy to have the condition, but I was thrilled to have a name to call the thing that had plagued me for more than seven years. I was so relieved that I sat in my car and cried outside of the doctor’s office. No longer was my strange list of symptoms to be given in apology for why I couldn’t do something (especially when I could do that thing and more on other days). I had a name to give, and while it didn’t offer any treatment beyond what I was already doing, it dignified my saying “no” even though I seemed perfectly healthy.

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Homemade Bread In An Hour!

Homemade bread in an hour???  Yes, it is true!!!



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I realize that this title sounds too good to be true, but I assure you, I’ve been baking this recipe for several months now, and this can be made in an hour – rising included! If you’ve made bread before, you’ll find this recipe beautifully easy. If you’ve never made bread before, I’ll give you some tips and tricks that will help you pull it off like a pro.

One Hour Bread
Makes 2 loaves -aka have a loaf now/freeze a loaf (raw or baked) for later.

5 1/4 cups (1lb & 6.3 oz) white bread flour
2-4 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. (rounded) instant yeast
1 1/2 Tbsp. oil
2 cups warm water (between 100-115F)

1. Mix dry ingredients. Add oil and water. Mix for 1 minute. Dough should be sticky. If it is dry, add in a little water.

2. Mix for 5 minutes.

3. Oil the kneading surface and…

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