Hiya Blogland!! Is everyone having a fabulous weekend???
The always fantastic Desiree of Pull up Your Socks and I have been chatting about those who have chronic disorders/illnesses and their loved ones. I want to quote her here as she really sums up what I want to say:
“How on earth sufferers actually manage to run a home, have a family, active friendships, a job … And I thought, it’s a disorder that is neither black nor white, it’s unaccountable, it can’t be defined, it has no boundaries, one cannot predict it.”
I got to thinking more about it. So many out there live with chronic conditions–conditions like Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Lupus, Depression, Haemophilia, Mental illness. Things that can’t be fixed but only managed or endured. And beside each of these is a loved one who also lives with the condition. Someone who lives with the unpredictability, the day to day.
Desiree lives with someone with a chronic illness. I know many times she would gladly take the pain away from the Phoenix if she could to ease his suffering. My husband Lauren sometimes can not even hug me to comfort me without causing more pain. They can’t fix us as much as they would want to. They have to stand beside us, feeling helpless at times. We have invisible illnesses, and they are even more invisible.
I’m no hero–I just muddle through every day the best I can. People like Desiree and Lauren and the countless other loved ones are the real heroes. Without their love and support people like me couldn’t get through it.
So… the Black and White Party has morphed in to more than just wearing black and white outfits for a week. This week–where something Black and White in support of those with chronic illnesses/conditions and their loved ones.
Send me a picture of you in your Black & White outfit with a link to your post by Saturday June 15th at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be showing all the participants next Sunday for Visible Monday.
Friday was a dreary, rainy day so I dressed rather casually.
I stopped at the 1/2 price Goodwill on the way home from work. I jumped all over this dress when I spied it!! It still had the $29.99 tags on it and I got it for $3!!! I’m really liking black and white items these days. This dress is SO comfortable and matches practically every cardigan and jacket I own! I also got a nice Apt.9 black lined blazer for $3 which I’ll show after I press it. I’ve been looking for a basic black jacket for a bit so I was thrilled when I found this!
I added a cardigan and the new Easy Spirit pumps I thrifted unworn for $4 to show a business look. I’m going to be shooting this off to Lynne of The Good Will Hunting for her Career Wear Challenge. The total cost of this outfit was: Dress-$3, Cardigan-$3, Shoes-$4 for a total of $10!!
Here’s a close-up of the shoes. I love the little kitten heel–it’s a bit chunky and feels very sturdy. I just need to clean the fingerprints and dust off of them!
Everyone have a fantastic rest of the weekend!! Don’t forget to send your pix and links for the party this week!
I’ll be linking up with all of the fabulous and very visible ladies at the 100th Visible Monday!!! Come by and check everyone out!
I’ll be back on Tuesday!!