Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

My Story



How I Got Here:

To be honest, I have no clue how I got here.  I am not a photographer, and although I have always enjoyed writing, I’ve never aspired to blog. Despite being a friendly and open soul, when it comes to my “yuck” I guess I’m a pretty private person. I arrive here, and begin this blog after a long and complex journey…a journey I continue to travel.

It’s now been 18 years of chronic pain and debilitating illness for me. I was caught way off guard by all of this, as I had a “big life” planned, and the world was cooperating quite nicely up till age 30. I was in perfect health, married to my high school sweetheart — the love of my life, and living in a magnificent beach community. I was on a welcomed  break from career, enjoying the wonders of motherhood with my precious new baby and my, then, 4 year old wise little daughter. Life was fun, and I loved it!  The plan was to devote myself to full-time motherhood for a few years and then to finish my Masters in Counseling, and ultimately enter the profession.

My body’s navigation system must have been a lemon:

All was well back during that summer of 1994. Carefree days were spent on the beach collecting sand-glass with my girls, and floating in the warm salty sea of Meschutt’s Peconic Bay.  When I least expected it, though, I looked up and suddenly realized there was a huge detour ahead on my neatly paved path. Remember that old saying, “your life can change on a dime”? Mine did.

The challenges began with over 7 years of severe spinal pain. After trying numerous  procedures and every treatment both modern medicine and ancient healing wisdom could offer me, I wanted my life back. I was 37 at the time. I consulted with 10 top spine specialists, and agreed to have a risky spinal fusion surgery. It was a major operation, but I could do it, I thought, and life would be back to normal…I was certain. 

Everything was set for the spine surgery, so I diligently scheduled my routine annual mammogram knowing I’d be laid up for a long while during recovery. It was the right thing to do.

Yes, breast cancer. But “no problem”–I told my husband and  kids,”this was a blessing ” (and I meant it). I insisted we celebrate. So many women in my family (mom, grandma, aunts, and cousins) have been afflicted by this disease. I just knew with this early diagnosis, and aggressive treatment I could beat it…and I did.

That was in 2001.

All the while the spine disease progressed, and 3 years later with urging from my top-notch spine surgeon, I finally underwent the fusion surgery. It was a huge ordeal, incisions in belly and back leaving large scars, titanium rods and lots of big screws installed…but, hey–I’m strong.

That was in 2004.

Unfortunately, the locking back pain persisted, and additional problems set in.   My organs began to decompensate, abnormal blood work alarmed us, and defective pancreas ducts were discovered.  More surgery followed and several organs were extracted–my medical diagnoses multiplied. I was a good compliant patient, but nothing seemed to resolve.

Not My Hips:

This last year my healthy (I believed)  hips announced they too had issues. Again, there was a defect found on MRI in my hip joints that we never knew existed. The head of my femurs and sockets were oddly angled and the ball and socket were colliding. We now knew why I was excessively flexible in my hips, and the envy of all my yoga classmates.  But this defect tore my labrum away from the cartilage, and caused more pain–leading me to California for another technically difficult orthopedic surgery on New Year’s Eve 2010 (my birthday). I was hopeful this would be the final fix, but once again I was in for disappointment.

And Now:

So here I am – still living with chronic daily pain, 11 major surgeries later…still struggling to function and sleep, eat and live a happy life–which is all I ever really wanted.

No  worries though…I’m still trying to find my way back, and making the best of each and every moment this life has to show me.

I  must be truthful. This road has not been easy, and chronic pain is a beast nobody should ever have to face. Nonetheless, I focus on my blessings, the love of my supportive family, dear friends who have stood by my side, and new precious relationships that have been born of this hardship. I focus on my own hopes and dreams–the good stuff…and know one day, I will get there.

I have learned through my experience that here on planet earth, we only get one body. It is precious, and I believe we need to nurture it. We also only get one life, and every minute counts. Blaming and making excuses seems a waste of important energy to me.

The life of my dreams is waiting for me, and through this ordeal I vowed  that I will do my best  to meet it halfway. I am working hard on keeping that promise every way I can!

Which brings me to this blog-site:

After my bilateral hip surgeries in December of 2010, things looked very bleak.  A year went by and walking was nearly impossible–pain was intense and unrelenting. Things were especially rough since I cannot take any narcotic pain meds due to the condition of my biliary  and pancreatic ducts. I found myself housebound, and acutely disillusioned. More so than I had ever been.

Following a rough summer which included a viral illness, 10 weeks of fever, and a diagnosis of  Lyme Disease, I persuaded myself to play a game. I committed to taking daily walks in the woods. I knew instinctually fresh air and exercise was important, and although I might be limping and hurting like hell, nature would be good for me. I began my nature walking ritual last fall.

We are fortunate to live 5 minutes down the road from a beautiful wildlife refuge…a safe haven and sanctuary for injured animals…and people like me. Each animal protected and cared for by the refuge, has a ‘story’ posted explaining the nature of his/her injury, and why that creature is unable to function out in the world any longer. 

At the wild life refuge there are also over 7 miles of nature preserve and dirt trails, set on a breathtaking land of ponds, lakes  and wooded forests.  Benches are strategically placed throughout the park, and the shortest trail is just under a mile long. I decided this would be my trail, and each step would count.

I  set out on my mission to walk  almost daily. Most days it was all I did–and this  was the 1 hour I spent outside of my house. I took care to dress appropriately, and take all the necessary gear, which included my iPod, with downloads of  meditative and uplifting music I could listen to during walks. 

At the beginning, I would find myself in the middle of the woods in pain, and often wondered if this was just a crazy idea. I considered calling off the project and going home, back to the security of my ice machine and heating pad, but I persevered.

Pleasantly surprised by how my mood changed when  I was out there and moving, I continued with my daily outings, despite the ongoing pain and restriction in my joints. 

Two for One…healing therapy and accidental hobby:

One day, as I enjoyed the scenery while slowly making my way through the woods, I remembered my iPod had a low-end built-in camera. I’d never used it, and frankly, did not know how. Taking in the stunning lake view, I quickly pulled the iPod out of my pocket and pressed on the camera app.
I focused on the scene and captured my first picture.

It was not long before I had an accidental hobby. Taking photos during my nature walks has helped me get in touch with many unconscious emotions.  A born optimist and pleaser, I tend to put on a happy face in an attempt to rise above my challenges. In some ways this has served me as an effective defense mechanism. I needed to believe I was more than my physical pain in order to survive.  Still, there is so much emotional fall-out, byproducts of enduring a type of physical torture on a constant and daily basis.  Those who have not lived this cannot truly understand…but it’s a heavy load to bear. 

One of the hardest parts about this is that pain prevents me from distracting myself. It is difficult to simply read a great book, or even concentrate on a television show or  movie. Yet, for some reason, the nature photography, combined with the physical activity of gentle nature walks provide a tremendous lift for me. My spirit is lighter after my outings, and my pain more manageable. Even from that  first day, looking through the camera lens provided a soothing escape I haven’t been able to find anywhere else throughout my 18 years of challenge.  For this I am so grateful, and thus, inspired to share my story and my photos with those who visit this blog.

So welcome, and thank you for joining me. Have fun, and enjoy your look through my healing lens!

Love and Light~

Robyn Lee
December 2012

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588 responses

  1. Jill

    May your thoughts and images bring healing and relief to others, as well as yourself.

    January 15, 2012 at 3:59 PM

    • Warm Thanks to you Jill!

      January 18, 2012 at 12:14 AM

    • Hoping you are living pain free and enjoying life. Love the pix.

      April 4, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      • Thank you so much Pat… I am working on it — long journey as it’s been and a ways to go – but like you, I will do my best always! Your story and your blog is an inspiration to me as well ~ Blessings and Love, Robyn

        April 5, 2013 at 12:31 PM

      • Thanks Robyn for taking the time to read some of my posts. Living with daily pain is difficult especially when it’s not visible to anyone but you. Your writings and pix. are truly amazing!
        Keep Moving Forward and Here’s to Living Pain Free ASAP!
        cheers,
        pat

        April 5, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      • Thank you so much Pat. It is interesting this excellent point you made… “especially when it’s not visible” — This is such a difficult aspect for me…. we are such a visual society. Yet, I know for those with dystonia – the visibility issue is huge (Pamela and I have talked about this as she speaks of it in an interview she did)…. I suppose invisible or visible – our issues are so hard for others to truly understand. I thank you wholeheartedly for your kind words and wishes. I will try to keep moving forward, yes- -and you and your story exemplifies the sort of determination I aspire to have… Love and Blessings~ Robyn

        April 5, 2013 at 11:46 PM

  2. Traci

    Robyn, beautiful and inspiring nature photos – Whoaa!!! Keep them coming love it:)

    January 21, 2012 at 4:01 PM

    • Traci, Thank you so much 🙂 I am so glad you are enjoying! I am expanding my blog just a bit, and you will see sections with some interpretations of my feelings about the images (links will be above photo as in Intangible currently). Also a section under the Sentiments Link that will have some poetry and other thoughts that seem relevant.Know you requested more of that – so I’m working on it for ya!!

      January 21, 2012 at 4:26 PM

  3. Elizabeth

    Robyn, thank you so much for inviting me to enjoy your blog and beautiful pictures. I feel like those of us who suffer with chronic pain have an invisible bond and anything we can do to distract ourselves is wonderful. I am so happy you have found comfort with your walks and photography. x

    January 21, 2012 at 7:36 PM

    • Thanks so much Elizabeth! I appreciate your kind words and support… and yes – it is a blessing to find a distraction that brings joy!! Blessings your way always, R

      January 21, 2012 at 9:31 PM

  4. Jodi Zukoff

    Rpbyn, thank you for sharing your story. Your writing is really beautiful and inspirational.

    January 21, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    • Thank you Jodi. It was more difficult than I’d anticipated to reveal myself in this way…but I am glad I did it, and now hope others can benefit in some small way. Be Well Always!

      January 21, 2012 at 11:12 PM

  5. andrea braunstein

    Wow! This is wonderful! So happy you are doing this. You are very inspirational. You’ve been through so much, yet you always have a smile on your face. (We should all try and do that a little more.) You have such a warm, loving heart and I am so happy to have you in my life. Thanks for sharing this. xoxo p.s. you are a great photographer too

    January 22, 2012 at 3:12 PM

  6. Thanks so very much Andrea! Your kind words mean the world to me. I’m very lucky to have such a supportive and loving family – one of life’s gifts to me. Not sure what I would do without that foundation. So glad you enjoyed the site (in it’s early stages). It has been a great project for me so far. Glad you liked the photos. Far from expert in photography (just the opposite) but has been very good for me in many ways!! Sending Love and smiles your way! R

    January 22, 2012 at 3:51 PM

  7. Tara

    Robyn, you were (and still are) an angel and a light in very dark places for me. I will never forget it!! I love you!! You are now an icon on my desktop. When I am feeling all alone I will read your story and know that I am not alone on this long chronic pain journey. I am so happy that you have found something so beautiful. Your energy is flowing in a good direction. Let the momentum of your creativity carry on…
    Tara
    xoxo

    January 23, 2012 at 6:49 AM

    • Tara, I am incredibly touched by your heartfelt comments. Also, am honored to be an icon on your desktop, and so happy I could be a small light in your life when you needed support and encouragement. Know you are never alone, and I truly think if we stay aware and remember we are ultimately all connected, dark times will be illuminated for us all. The chronic pain journey is scary and life-altering, but it’s the love and support that makes us braver and lights the path ahead. I love you too – and consider you an angel as well. Thank you for your appreciation of my new endeavor. We will all ultimately find our way!
      From the Heart, Robyn

      January 23, 2012 at 5:03 PM

  8. Elissa

    I am so inspired by how you wrote your story! Everyday is a challenge for all of us and we all need to step out to the nature and take in the beauty that is around us and realize that the rest is small stuff and will always work out. Our health is something we take for granted and can be taken away so easily as we have all had to deal with at one time or another. I have found just recently that walking “outside” releases so much stress and helps me so much with my anxiety. I have been trying to have time everyday to do this everyday, but full time job and time change its hard, but worth it! Keep the pictures coming as they are more then beautiful as they tell a story in every one. xoxoxox Elissa

    January 23, 2012 at 7:19 PM

    • Thank you Elissa. Yes I agree there is something about noticing nature and realizing that the small stuff is pretty insignificant in the grand scope of things. Keep walking and make the time – it’s worth it. I have not gone out today but even if I escape for 40 minutes before the sun goes down, I will be richer for doing it. Be Well always and thank you for your excellent input!

      January 23, 2012 at 8:32 PM

  9. Renee Braunstein

    Robyn this is beautiful and very inspiring. I hope that the meditation walks and photography continue to help you in your healing process.

    January 24, 2012 at 4:25 PM

    • Thank you so much Renee…I am very grateful to have stumbled on this. My goal is to continue with my walks through the winter whenever possible (have gone in rain and snow flurries). There is a lot of beauty out there… and I know the walks and photography s healing for me in so many ways.

      January 24, 2012 at 4:46 PM

  10. Linda

    Robyn,
    I just read your story and cried…you are an inspiration to others and have come such a long way. I have known you since day one of this journey…your photos are spectacular. YOU are spectacular!!! Nature is a gift…I love the outdoors and now teach yoga for kids outside. Thank you for sharing your story and photos. I know they will help many…I love you…Linda

    January 24, 2012 at 5:58 PM

    • Oh Linda— I am so glad you were able to connect to my story, and I’m really grateful for your supportive words- especially since you knew me pre-story! I think no matter what our struggles and challenges are in this life, finding joy is a remedy for so much! How wonderful for you to be able to teach children yoga in the fresh air and nature. You will give them a gift for a lifetime in that. I hope you continue to enjoy the photos, poetry and other rambling I do here. Sending lots of Love and good energy to you now and always!

      January 24, 2012 at 7:15 PM

  11. Gina

    Hi Robyn,

    What a life you have lived. It brought tears to my eyes. I can relate in so many ways. I really enjoy all of your photographs and they are a great inspiration of where I want to be in May. I hope your walks continue to heal you! Take care and happy healing! XOXO! G

    January 25, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    • Thank you so much Gina! I am so glad you enjoyed the site, and found inspiration here, and hope you will visit often. I know you will achieve your goals… and appreciate your good wishes for continued healing. Good health and joy always, Robyn

      January 27, 2012 at 3:44 AM

  12. Robyn,

    I love it! Wow, made me cry and smile at the same time. I’m so proud to share in your journey…we’re only a few days apart same surgery same surgeon! I thought I was being brave and determined by taking five minutes walks three times a day, you blow me away:>)

    Clare

    January 26, 2012 at 5:30 AM

  13. Thanks Clare…so appreciate your thoughtful comments:) I’m hoping my walking strategy pays off. Before I began this “challenge” I would not leave my house for weeks at a time except for physical therapy. I need to walk with a lots of awareness, and I noticed I don’t’ get great results if I try walking in the streets of NYC! Natural surroundings are key. The photos are added incentive now too! Really helps my outlook! 3x a day short walks are good too! Keep it going. One step at a time, we will all get there!! Wellness and Joy to you always, R

    January 26, 2012 at 6:06 AM

  14. Robyn Your essay is so moving and touching it leaves me dry in the throat and wet about the eyes. I think this emotion arises as much as from what you said as to the fact that you are saying it. Even when you were a kid in high school your mother and I would marvel at your writing skills and your ability to reveal your soul. You do the same thing with your photography. I especially was moved by the analogy/metaphor of the injured animals finding healing in the woods sanctuary. What an epiphany. You have gone into nature and among earths beautiful creatures and have found healing, like the proverbial bird with a broken wing. Wonderful Robyn. Keep writing. I kiss your heart. Best wishes and love always, Angelo xoxox I often think of the heavens your hand has made, and the moon and stars you put in place. Then I ask , “Why do you care about us humans? Why are you concerned for us?” Our Lord your name is wonderful everywhere on earth! Into thine hand I commit my spirit: thou hast redeemed me. Psalm of David

    January 29, 2012 at 8:41 AM

  15. Angelo, You are such an eloquent writer (in addition to being a superb artist). I am thinking we need to get you blogging! Seriously:) I’ll help. You have so much to offer, and I know you would love the process as well. As for your comment, I am deeply touched. Yes – the animals at the sanctuary have a lot in common with me. I was never one for marveling at animals in the zoo etc. but the creatures at the wildlife refuge have found a special place in my heart. Their “stories” are posted for all to read (just as if they would be on their ‘blog’ if they could have one)!! I look to them for strength and courage, and as you said – am in awe of the poignant metaphor that presented itself by pure chance ( just as my new ‘hobby’ of photography did). I also loved the psalm you shared here. So fitting! I will continue putting my best foot forward and looking toward wellness in every way I can. Blessings to you always, R

    January 29, 2012 at 9:55 AM

  16. dianne - life as i see it

    you are truly and inspiration. I’m glad you found healing through your lens and nature walks. wonderful images, will be back.. ;o)

    February 5, 2012 at 5:45 AM

    • dianne, thank you kindly. I truly appreciate your good wishes and am so happy you enjoyed the images. I also loved looking at your photographic artwork, and plan to frequent your blog as well! Best always, R

      February 5, 2012 at 12:36 PM

  17. Robyn,

    I haven’t seen you in so long and though I had an idea what you were going through, I didn’t know the full extent. Your blog is beautiful and I will definitely make it part of my online reading. I will be thinking of you!

    Rachel

    February 10, 2012 at 8:47 AM

  18. Aww…thanks so much Rachel. Means a lot that you visited my new blog. Thank you for your kind words about my journey. It’s been a bumpy road – but guess we forge forward and do the best we can when those show up. The nature and photo expression has been wonderful therapy. Hope all is well by you, and fingers crossed I get out and about more so will get to see you soon!

    February 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM

  19. victoriaaphotography

    Hi Robyn…..thankyou for visiting my PhotoBlog. In many ways your health journey mirrors my own journey of severe back pain & then allover pain and other health problems (with several surgeries). Then after back surgery in 2008 I had a brief reprieve and then my health, eyesight & debilitating pain levels went downhill from there leading me to quit work in Feb 201O.

    Slow, gentle walks with a small camera in hand in the nearby Botanic Gardens gave me hope & life again. Now I am further down the track in my Photographic hobby which has become my whole focus. You’re lucky in faving partner & children, but then it must make your pain management all the more difficult with extra responsibilities.

    I urge you to continue communing with Nature and with photography. It’s a great pain reliever (for the most) and a wonderful distraction looking around constantly for birds, flowers and wee critters to capture through the lens. When I have more time, I know I will enjoy looking through the rest of your Blog.

    It’s amazing what the camera lens sees (that our naked eye does not). I haven’t read enough of your blog to know about your walks, but I hope you are at the stage of being able to identify birds by their call and little critters by the leaf fustlings on the ground level. Nature is a great healer.

    February 16, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    • Hi Victoria, Thank you so much for writing.
      Yes – I stumbled on your site and also noticed how it seemed we have traveled a similar path with regard to finding comfort behind the lens.

      So interesting that you mention “small camera” as that has been necessary for me. As much as I’d ilke to play with the big DSL types – there is no way I can manage…and to keep this “therapy” sustainable, I need to avoid any kind o strain as my ligaments and joints are so easily assaulted. I agree though… a wonderful distraction, one I have not been able to find with things like television, games, books etc. The air and exercise are key as well, though again, I am finding I have to dial back my enthusiasm sometimes since I can easily yank at my rotator cuff tears while lifting arms up to get that perfect shot of the birds taking flight!

      I have not mastered all wonders of nature yet, just learning as I go, but will check in with you for consult for sure.
      Please keep in touch – and I wish you healing and wellness always! R

      February 16, 2012 at 12:04 PM

  20. Robin Paige

    It’s really been too long. I only knew a small part of this story. You really are something – and always were, in one way or another. 43 years after we first met and I still want to be a little more like you.

    February 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM

  21. Thanks so much Robin…means a lot coming from you especially – someone who knew me when…. 🙂 I am happy that the blog has been helpful in giving so many that are dear to me a more comprehensive understanding of my plight. I never want anyone to think that I’m not wanting to make an effort to get together…. I miss the social part of me a lot, and also miss so many people (friends and family) that I know I’d be spending time with if possible. For now it’s me and the birds, but hopeful one day that will change. Sending Love… Robyn Lee

    February 18, 2012 at 10:51 AM

  22. You Are a tru inspirasjon for us all:)
    Keep fighting and doing what you do!!
    You have a beautiful blog:)

    February 18, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    • Oh Dina… that is so very thoughtful of you to say. Where are you from — seems like a long distance from here, but so glad for your connection via the internet! Blessings always, Robyn

      February 18, 2012 at 12:18 PM

      • I am from Norway, but I am now living in Greece with my husband, hi is from here 🙂

        Bless you Robyn for your true strength courage once more 🙂

        February 18, 2012 at 12:47 PM

  23. Thanks so much Dina. Really appreciate your encouragement.

    February 18, 2012 at 9:13 PM

  24. Louisa WB

    Robyn, I’ve always loved your photos, but never realised your full journey, hips aside… you’re one tough cookie! Are you ANY better after al these inspirational walks, the pictures are an amazing accident of fate aren’t they!

    February 24, 2012 at 12:50 PM

  25. Yes – not sure how the photos became such an important part of my journey – but they did! As for my healing…wish I could say it’s the magic bullet. I think from an emotional/spiritual standpoint the walks are great – and physically it feels right to keep moving however I can. Fresh air is a tonic – and nature…well as good as narcotics in the moment (can’t have narcotics due to pancreas condition). So that all said, I’m not ok in this left hip/spine. Not sure what tomorrow will bring but trying to stay optimistic. Seeing new rehab specialist this Monday with high hopes. Will keep you posted – and you do the same Louisa. Are you doing walks as part of your rehab? Be WELL!!!

    February 24, 2012 at 5:32 PM

  26. Hi Robyn,

    I was initially drawn to your photographs which show an appreciation of nature which I share but upon re-visiting and reading your story I am just in awe of your honesty and inspirational courage. It takes great strength to see beauty in the world and to stay positive when you are suffer such relentless set-backs. You obviously have strength in abundance and this blog will not only be healing for you but for others who may relate to your story as a result.

    Thank you for giving an insight into your world. Beautiful photographs 🙂

    February 29, 2012 at 7:02 PM

  27. Oh Tania, Thank you so much for your heartfelt, lovely comment. It made my day. I truly appreciate, and agree that it’s not always easy to “see the good” when you are facing daily challenge physically. The blog and photo expression has been wonderful for my soul in that way. I look at is a gift from the universe as it came out of nowhere and has blossomed into a little hobby/therapy for me now. I do think creative expression is healing in so many ways.

    I have admired your work as well…so diverse and strikingly unique. I think you have a gift for capturing something in the portraits. That is one thing I haven’t ventured toward as of now, but you have inspired me for sure.

    Happy you stopped by and said hello! Come back soon – and be well always! Robyn

    March 1, 2012 at 12:39 AM

  28. I was searching for nature blogs and found yours – what an inspiration you are – I salute you!

    March 3, 2012 at 12:42 AM

  29. Robyn, you are awesome. I came across you on one of Dianne-life as I see it’s posts and saw the title of your blog and had to come visit. And I’m so glad I did! I just started blogging recently, for nearly the same reasons as you. I, too live in chronic pain (fibromyalgia among a dozen other things) and have found nature, particularly nature photography, to be my healing solace. I’ve been on a mission to share the restorative powers of mother nature with whoever will listen. We seem to be on the same path! Your story is nearly unbelievable- you have endured to much. But the lightness and beauty of your spirit still comes through all the pain. You still see the beauty in the world and it still shines in you. I have no doubt that you will touch many souls through what you’re doing. I, for one, will be back for inspiration from your lovely photographs and sweet musings. Keep it going and all the best to you.

    March 8, 2012 at 1:05 PM

  30. Hi Susie,
    Wow…thank you so much for stopping by and offering such wonderful encouragement. So interesting that you have also found meditative photography to be so therapeutic and I so agree with all the sentiments you express in your blog about this topic. You are so right when you explain how looking through the “lens” gives you a new relationship with nature and invites you to really be in the moment. For me it was quite by chance, as unlike you I was not a declared nature buff nor photo enthusiast (though always loved both in a casual way). Really took for me to be out there alone and trying to rehab this last round of surgeries to stumble on the magic of it all. I so appreciate all your kind words and wishes… and will keep an eye on your blog as well. Your book looks perfect too – and may just have to order a copy!! Sending you healing thoughts and good wishes always!! Robyn Lee

    March 8, 2012 at 8:10 PM

  31. I am deeply touched by your story — your challenges, your pain and your HOPE. It is truly inspiring. I wish and pray that you may continue to find the healing and respite from your pain, even if it is only for an hour as you walk through nature with your camera. Thanks for sharing your story — I look forward to following your blog. Thanks for being such an inspiration.

    March 10, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    • thank you so much ktlee. Sorry I am just seeing your comment here now! Your healing wishes mean a lot to me. Yes – I am happy to get an hour or so a day — lately have not been so lucky. I will keep working at it though! Best to you and yours!

      March 15, 2012 at 3:14 PM

  32. Wow, I am impressed how you’ve been coping with all this. You really must have a strong will!
    This is inspirational indeed – it makes one appreciate health even more. Too many people just take it for granted.

    Photography is therapeutic, I’ve been experiencing this myself so many times. The same holds true for being in nature, of course.
    Using a camera on a regular basis has shown me that beauty can be found anywhere: details, textures, colors, shapes, symmetry – it’s all there, all the time, one has just to open the eyes. And you show this with your pictures.

    I wish you all the best (escpecially health).

    Greetings from Germany,

    Timo

    March 15, 2012 at 6:44 AM

    • Timo, Wow Germany!! Thank you so much for your kind comment. Means a lot! You are so right — it’s so important to live every moment with gratitude and joy, and never take health and well-being for granted. If anyone would have shown me a crystal ball when I was 29 I would not have begun to understand what I do now. I’m thrilled you enjoy my photographic expressions here – -and totally know what you mean about the camera being a magic vehicle for ‘tuning in’ to beauty and love everywhere. I’ll be doing my best to keep up with the blog — and hope to follow your work as well.
      Best to you always, Robyn

      March 15, 2012 at 3:20 PM

  33. wow, what journey! it seems you’ve been entrusted with a great deal of heartache and pain, which means you must be a strong-spirited woman. thank you for sharing your story; you are an example of perseverance and positivity.

    March 15, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    • Thank you so much. I really appreciate your kind words. I continue to try to persevere, and stay positive. Challenging at times, but as my husband reminds me, I only get one life and one body … so I do my best! Sending good thoughts your way!! RL

      March 18, 2012 at 6:28 PM

  34. chronicpainandme

    You have an inspiring story and come across a highly positive women considering the history of your health. Your photography is simply stunning and I’m half way through reading your poems.

    Best wishes to you.

    March 18, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    • Thank you cp&me. Thanks for visiting. Will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers and hope this blog provides some uplifting for you – even if only in some small way, and to remind you that you aren’t alone. I noticed we had the same hip surgery. Hang in – one step at at time! RL

      March 18, 2012 at 6:24 PM

  35. Yours is such an inspirational story! I admire your determination to look for the good and retain the best that life has to offer. I too can attest to the healing power of communion with nature and your pictures reflect this special time of oneness. This is a gift I think that not every one ‘gets’ or understands. I’m so glad to have found your blog through your visits to mine. I’m going to go look at some more of your beautiful photos now. 🙂

    March 18, 2012 at 8:14 PM

  36. Jeannie thanks so much for your lovely comment. I agree that communion with nature is a precious gift! I for one did not always get this on a deeper level, but given my current challenges, I feel very lucky to have stumbled upon this discovery. As of late has not been easy getting out… but I make an effort even if it’s just for a short stroll. Thanks for visiting and I hope you enjoy some of the photos and other content here! 🙂

    March 18, 2012 at 11:00 PM

  37. Thank you for sharing your story, You are brave woman and an inspiration. Your photographs are incredibly beautiful 🙂

    March 23, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    • Arohika, thank you so very much for visiting and commenting on my blog. I’m so happy you are enjoying the photos. Also thank you for your kind words about my challenges. I wish I could say I’m making big progress, but lots of hurdles ahead it seems. Really appreciate the good energy you’ve sent through your post here! RL

      March 23, 2012 at 9:10 PM

  38. I have given you the King of Kings Friendship award. Please go to my page here to see what to do. http://workthedream.wordpress.com/2012/03/23/an-unexpected-blessing/ Congratulations.

    March 23, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    • That is such a lovely gesture! Thank you with all my heart. I have recently been nominated for 2 other awards to study and do homework for now… I’m hoping to get to look at everything this weekend. I so appreciate your honoring me this way. Blessings your way! RL

      March 23, 2012 at 11:39 PM

  39. Sometimes the journey is not what we would have consciously chosen, but you are meeting it with wisdom and courage.Love the quotes.and you do have an eye for the world within and without. Blessings to you. Jane

    March 24, 2012 at 1:06 PM

    • Thanks so much Jane. I truly appreciate your comment and appreciate your good wishes. I can only do my best – and as I always tell my kids – that has to be good enough. Hopeful that the pain issues will improve so I can participate more fully in life, but until then… I’ll keep at it! Good thoughts your way! RL

      March 27, 2012 at 10:59 AM

  40. Dinah

    Dear Robyn,

    I just stumbled on your web site by accident but when I read your story, I know it wasn’t an accident. I had a health challenge during the last 3 months that was difficult, to say the least. In small measure, I can relate to your story. I would like to extend many blessings and love your way.

    I know it’s not considered productive by a lot of people, but I found that 15 minutes of complaining on my worst days alleviated feelings of self-pity. The difficulty is finding someone who isn’t turned off by complaints and tears on a day when you feel that’s all you have. If you ever need to complain, or to hear a positive word, perhaps there’s a way that we could connect other than through your blog. I’m happy to oblige to either just listen or to cheer you up with positive thoughts (I’ve listened to many, many motivational tapes in the past 3 months!) I respect the journey you’re on.

    Love to you,
    Dinah

    March 25, 2012 at 7:28 PM

    • Thanks so much for visiting Dinah. You are right, that it’s difficult to find that ‘open hearted soul’ who will truly listen and care about your plight of pain. I know it’s frustrating for others since they often feel helpless, and also don’t want to even consider that one’s life can spin out of control on a dime this way. My husband has been my rock this way, though even he needs space and time away from my challenges, and for his wellbeing – I try to make sure I encourage this. Thanks for being there. Means a lot! RL

      March 27, 2012 at 11:02 AM

  41. The winds brought me to your wonderful blog, here I am in a distant country where he started the fall, it’s cold and the day is gray. But after reading your words and watch your beautiful photographs, the day has better colors.

    Sorry for my English writing…
    Cruz del Sur, from Argentina

    March 27, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    • So kind of you to stop by and leave such a lovely comment-alll the way from Argentina! My daughter studied abroad there and loved it. She is now fluent in Spanish, but not I. I enjoyed looking at some of your photos nevertheless! Wishing you Peace today and always.

      March 27, 2012 at 10:36 AM

      • Thank you for your answer. I’m glad your daughter speaks Spanish and you have discussed this a bit of South America, I follow you in your post and thanks for visiting my blog, there is a link so you can read in English …, shine your days.

        March 27, 2012 at 11:04 AM

  42. Oh great – i will look for the English link! Hope your days shine as well!

    March 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

  43. Malou

    What a moving story you have here, Robyn! I hope that in time the chronic pain that you suffer from will get lesser. You are a hero, a survivor and an inspiration especially to people who are experiencing the same hardship. Indeed, life can take an unexpected turn but you have shown that you will not be defeated by any hindrance thrown your way.

    Keep on blogging and doing photography for they are cathartic. 😉

    March 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM

  44. Malou, thank you so much for your very thoughtful and meaningful comment. I am trying to be a “survivor” and giving it my all… though not feeling much like a hero at the moment:( I will continue doing my best though, and do hope that one day I’ll be able to say I have overcome this challenge. In the meantime, I will try to find the brightness in every moment and, yes – the blogging and photography have opened new doors for me. Very thrilling to be connected to so many wonderful people throughout the world – like you!! Blessing always! RL

    March 29, 2012 at 8:45 PM

  45. I am so humbled by your inspiring spirit. Thank you for sharing your story and life with us. Amazing. Just. Simply. Amazing woman.

    March 31, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    • Oh Aurora, Thank you so much for your touching comment. I’m so glad you enjoyed visiting my blog… as I have yours. It is other wonderful pople like you who have really encouraged me to keep marching forward best I can. Sending Love and Light! RL

      April 8, 2012 at 11:58 PM

  46. What a great site! I hope you continue blogging, and you continue your journey!

    April 1, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    • So glad you have enjoyed the site. Thanks for your lovely comment! RL

      April 2, 2012 at 11:37 AM

  47. Thanks so much Aurora! So appreciate your kind comment. Wishing you much joy!

    April 1, 2012 at 9:35 PM

  48. After reading what you went trough and what every day bring to you I feel like an idiot of complaining about my aches and pains.
    Your pictures are wonderful and the words very meaningful. Keep on this great project of yours. 🙂

    April 2, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    • Francis, thank you so much for your kind comments on my blog. I will keep on the project best I can. I do feel it’s a way to stay connected to wonderful souls out in the universe and that has to be healing energetically. I hope you are feeling well these days, and am enjoying my visits to your site as well – you are a wonderful poet!!

      April 8, 2012 at 11:55 PM

  49. sofichick

    WOW. What a beautiful, gifted soul you are. Thank you for sharing.

    April 3, 2012 at 10:12 PM

    • Oh sofichick, thanks so much. I somehow missed this comment from last week. So appreciate your kind words…and am pleased you have enjoyed the blog. Good thoughts your way! RL

      April 8, 2012 at 11:54 PM

  50. Hi. I came across your blog and it really touched me. I do not have the chronic pain but started blogging last year when I started treatment for cancer, myxoid liposarcoma, in my leg. 5 months of chemo, 6 weeks of radiation, and now two surgeries later (most recent this week) have allowed me to realize how important and unimportant the various things are in my life. I have always loved nature photography and like you, rarely go on a walk without my camera. I have been bed bound for the larger part of 6 weeks now with 3 more to go hopefully. It was the isolation of the post-op period that drove me to do real blogs, not just my cancer related updates to friends and family. It has been a huge means of release for me, as I am sure it has been for you. Thank you for persevering. You are an inspiration, as I think all of us who are ill in some form, try to be to those around us. God Bless.

    April 7, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    • Oh Brad… thank you so much for writing I truly appreciate your sharing your story and am touched as well by your interest in mine. I will keep you in my heart and prayers for a complete and full recovery. It is clear you are a strong and determined soul, and I know this will serve you as you continue to heal and take the journey toward wellness. Also so glad to hear the blogging is proving to be therapeutic. I find this as well. Please drop in and let me know how you are progressing. You will soon be outside capturing some nature sights on your healing lens. Sending healing thoughts your way today and always, Robyn Lee

      April 8, 2012 at 2:16 PM

      • Thanks so much. Wishing you all the best.
        Brad

        April 8, 2012 at 2:18 PM

  51. chronicpainandme

    You know what Robyn, I was having such a bad day today both physically and mentally and have read through your blog again. It’s inspirational and at times when in need like I am today it really helps so thankyou.

    April 8, 2012 at 1:58 PM

  52. Thank you so much for sharing this Jeff. I have been in a similar place lately, and I’m calling on all my reserves to rise above the challenges I’m facing these days. It gives me a great feeling to know some of what I do here on this blog can be encouragement for others – and even inspirational. I think the support we extend to one another through this medium that modern technology has given us is a wonderful thing. You hang in and keep in touch. So appreciate your stopping in, and enjoyed looking at your blog today too! Great work there – you are talented:)

    April 8, 2012 at 11:52 PM

  53. Robyn,
    As usual I am visiting on this late hour. .
    I have read all of your post, but never your introduction, shame on me.
    With sympathy and tears I read every word. You are all spirit intertwined in your photos, words in all.
    Which ever way you want to guide your work, your perseverance is grandiose. Counseling the spirit of living for all.
    Amazing testament, so glad I virtually bumped into you.
    -Mari

    April 10, 2012 at 2:29 AM

  54. Oh thank you so much Mari. Your personal expression here means the world to me. I hope I can continue to persevere this way. I work at it daily and look to others like you for inspiration. Your support means a great deal, and I too am so glad we had this virtual “bump in” through the blog universe!! Your poetry is truly a gift, and at times provides just the medicine I need in any given moment. Thanks for being there! ~ Roby n Lee

    April 10, 2012 at 11:59 AM

  55. Such a tragic series of events always finds a way of bringing out the best in all of us. Yours however; is nothing less than inspirational! The reason for my photography is for other reasons, but ” photo-therapy” is truly a blessing! It’s been an honor and a pleasure to find out more about the “woman behind the lens”, and I plan to visit often to enjoy the many wonderful posts you have created! My best to you and yours, stay strong, and keep defining the odds! Truly enjoyed my visit and obtaining some of your amazing inspiration.
    Stan

    April 12, 2012 at 4:17 PM

    • Stan thanks so much for your comment. I truly appreciate all your kind words. Yes – have come to love photography and it has been very therapeutic. I wish I can say it has resolved my physical challenges, but I’m still in the midst of some battles on that end. I do hope you enjoy the site and I too will be visiting yours, as I saw, with just a quick peak, that it is rich with wonderful art and writings. Best Always,

      Robyn Lee

      April 12, 2012 at 4:25 PM

  56. thank you for saying what you have

    April 13, 2012 at 12:57 AM

  57. Julie Catherine

    Robyn, I reached your site through Deb at “work the dream” – and I’m so glad that I did. I, too, suffer from chronic pain and multiple health issues, and poetry and my blog have been my saving grace. I totally understand what you’re talking about here; and I’m looking forward to exploring your site further. ~ Julie 🙂

    April 16, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    • Thanks for visiting Julie. I hope you find some comfort or reflection here. I agree, the blogging is a wonderful way to express your creativity and feel connected. I am finding that if I spend too long on the computer though, or even lengthy periods of time getting lost in my photo-editing, I may pay a price. Still wouldn’t trade it in for anything…wondeful people here and lots of fun with the process.

      April 16, 2012 at 6:37 PM

  58. Hi, awesome pictures…. enjoy your blog very much, keep it up I’ll be tuning in.

    April 17, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    • Oh thanks so much! Glad you enjoyed. Always welcome here:)

      April 18, 2012 at 12:01 AM

  59. Lenny O

    Here is a Voice from the past Robyn (SI – Merry Mount)…can’t believe what i just read about your life (wow)…my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family through this journey… you are still a beautiful person inside and out…what an inspiration! Lenny O.

    April 18, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    • Wow Lenny! So great to hear from you. You come to me in visions of New Years parties on a regular basis:) Yes – my road has been pretty rocky to say the least…not how I planned it. Still fighting and have been especially struggling lately but I’m not giving up. Thank you for your kind and loving words… means a great deal to me, and trust me…if I ever get past all this it will be a gala New Year’s at my place – you and yours included!! xxoo

      April 18, 2012 at 12:51 AM

  60. Hi Robyn,

    I am glad to have known your blog. There is much vividness in your photography
    and your words are profound. I am also impressed that your name itself sounds
    poetry (as in “Anabelle Lee”).

    Happy to follow you. Thanks.
    😉

    April 29, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    • Hi Chito, forgive that I am just noticing this comment today. Thank you so much for your thoughtful expression here…I am quite touched. So happy to know you are enjoying the blog, and please continue to visit…thrilled to have you!! Much Love ~RL

      June 3, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      • You are most welcome, Robyn!
        Muchas gracias. See you around.
        😉

        June 4, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      • Thank you again, and Buenos Dias Chito! Have a wonderful day!!

        June 4, 2012 at 1:23 PM

  61. You have an amazing story and are an amazing person.
    Thank you for liking my poems. I lke your blog.

    April 30, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    • Wendy… thanks so much for your thoughtful note. I really appreciate and have enjoyed your poetry ~ so nice to meet you. RL

      April 30, 2012 at 9:54 PM

  62. hi robyn…. i come by way of jimibodansko. i saw his poem about you which was very sweet and caring of him. i wish you all the best in all that you are working through. the best thing i can say for wordpress and it works for me as well is that here it is the power of the circle and we are all a part of that here.

    April 30, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    • So kind of you to visit and express this Don. Yes – Jim was a sweet angel to compose that poem for me. You are right… power of the circle is awesome here – and I can feel such a great energy among most all our fellow-bloggers. Very happy I’ve gotten to meet you too. Sending good thoughts your way always!! RL

      April 30, 2012 at 9:52 PM

  63. As so many have already stated, your positive approach is truly inspirational. Thank you for telling your story and reminding me of how important it is to take care of yourself and make the most of things.

    May 2, 2012 at 4:03 AM

    • Thanks so much lorna. I truly apprciate your comment, and gives me a really good feeling to know others can learn and enhance their own lives from my sharing here. Wishing you blessings always! RL

      May 3, 2012 at 6:04 PM

  64. Dear Robyn, I came across your blog by chance, and found your photos interesting, and your story heartbreaking. I can only tell you that it is such an opportunity to be alive, and to take part in what goes on in this world, that almost any conditions are acceptable. Almost every one of us human beings, have problems along the way… and I think the most important, is what you have already discovered, to make the most of what you have. I have great respect for your choice.

    May 6, 2012 at 12:49 AM

    • Shimon, Thank you so much for your thoughtful and insightful comment. Yes, a privilege to be able to participate in life, even if some moments are shaded with struggle and pain. I am doing my best to keep faith that as time passes my physical limitations will become more manageable as there is so much life I wish to live. In the meantime, I take things one step at a time and treasure all the gifts I do have. So appreciate your visit, and wisdom shared! Best , RL

      May 6, 2012 at 3:58 PM

  65. I followed a link from jmgoyder’s blog who I’ve been following, how very brave you are and what a fantastic attitude you have thanks for sharing your pictures and story with us,,,

    May 7, 2012 at 10:28 AM

    • baarba.. thanks so much for your lovely comment. I’m glad you enjoyed the site, and know you are always welcome here. Jules is an angel, and so touched she posted that tribute to me. Sending warm thoughts your way!! RL

      May 7, 2012 at 2:10 PM

  66. You are remarkably strong and wonderful!! Photography and nature always help me. I should get out more myself. thanks for the reminder!

    May 7, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    • Thank you so much Cee… I read your plight as well, and am so encouraged by your recovery. This past summer I tested positive for 3 antibodies on the WB test. Also had a low CD57. Still suspect I may also be harboring a chronic infection. I did 4 weeks of Doxy – and did not tolerate it well, or would have stayed on for a year at least. Allergic to many of the other abs used. It’s a hard diagnosis to confirm for sure… but with all of the medical mysteries I continue to encounter…I will always wonder. Anyway – sending healing light your way tonight. Best Always, RL

      May 7, 2012 at 11:09 PM

  67. PJ

    You are love and light. Thank you for sharing so much of you. It puts so much into perspective.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    • PJ – Thanks so very much for your incredibly kind comment. I truly appreciate and please visit when you can. I love the photo of your dog in the the grass — made me smile 🙂 Heath and Joy to you always! RL

      May 9, 2012 at 2:30 AM

  68. I found you from David’s photography/poetry blog. Oh my, what a brave woman you are, and inspiring. I too live in chronic pain, but not to your extent, nor did I require any surgeries. Thank you for sharing your journey. I understand what it is like to have your life turn on a dime. I will check out some of your other pages, now. ~ Sam 🙂

    May 12, 2012 at 4:15 AM

    • Hi Sam! Thanks so much for visiting, and for your thoughtful and kind comment. Knowing that there are others who can relate and understand is comforting in many ways. This ‘life turning on a dime’ thing is really mind-boggling…and I suppose there is a deeper meaning to why this happens to some of us. I so appreciate your compassion. ~ Robyn Lee
      ps: just took a very quick peak at your site and it seems you are another brilliant poetess! Will need to read more 🙂

      May 12, 2012 at 2:40 PM

  69. fivereflections

    hello – nice to meet you
    David in Maine USA

    May 12, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    • Same here David in Maine! Pleased to have you:) Robyn Lee

      May 13, 2012 at 12:15 AM

  70. ~R.L.King

    You have been an inspiration, thank you…. http://rlbk75.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=690&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

    May 12, 2012 at 8:44 PM

  71. Thank you for sharing your story. You make our worries appear so small. 🙂

    May 14, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    • Appreciate your thoughtful comment singhmv. Yes, important to appreciate the gifts while they are ours! Best to you always!

      May 14, 2012 at 6:18 PM

  72. ~R.L.King

    Well lovely Robyn, I must confess, i only now read your bio, you may be the most inspiring lady ever. That you are able to fight through all of this is unimaginable. You have left deep impressions on so many of us here, what an amazing tale of valour, internal strength, bravery and determination. I send every ounce of hope and wishes for your pain to ease one day. And a hug too. ~R

    May 14, 2012 at 7:58 PM

    • RL, Thanks so much for such a warm and sensitive comment on my plight. Not sure I am all that inspiring, but I must be in some kind of instinctual “survival mode”. When I wrote this, I secretly felt I was on my way to recovery. I wish I can say that I was accurate – but the struggle continues with layers of other visceral/neurologic issues. It’s all pretty daunting, but I have enjoyed the blogging, and find great comfort in the small but meaningful connections we share here. I think it’s a certain type of person who appreciates art, poetry etc. Very special here. I’m so grateful for your good wishes sent my way … and will savor every ounce of all the hope and wellness wishes you’ve sent me! Best to you always, RL

      May 15, 2012 at 12:04 PM

  73. Robyn, I’m glad I found your blog. Inspiring soul, inspiring photos. I’m tuning in.

    May 18, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    • I’m touched Julianne! Welcome and thanks so much:) love & light always…

      May 18, 2012 at 2:05 PM

  74. im so happy i stumbled across your blog… beautiful pictures! and thank you so much for sharing your story

    May 18, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    • Thank you so much… glad you enjoyed, visit anytime!

      May 18, 2012 at 10:43 PM

  75. Rita Valentina

    Wow! Just WOW!!! This is such an empowering story. Overall, it just makes you more beautiful. You photography is wonderful.

    May 18, 2012 at 10:36 PM

    • Thanks so much for your very thoughtful comment Rita. I truly appreciate and happy to have you here!! Enjoy ~

      May 18, 2012 at 10:39 PM

  76. Hello! I have nominated you for the sunshine award. Please check out my website http://www.walktheline85.wordpress.com for instructions on how to accept. Thanks for your continued support!Have a great Sunday!

    May 19, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    • Thanks so much peyton85! I so appreciate this nomination. I do already have this award though – so please feel free to pass it on to another blogger if you’d like. Very flattered though – and congratulations! 🙂

      May 19, 2012 at 10:56 PM

  77. Thank you for your beautiful inspiration! I have nominated you for the Very Inpspiring Blogger Award: http://bellableue.com/2012/05/20/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award-2/ Blessings, Erin

    May 20, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    • So touched Erin, though I have already accepted this award. Flattered that you thought my blog worthy – Much gratitude!! RL

      May 20, 2012 at 10:06 AM

      • You are welcome! It’s my second time too, but I always like to nominate more bloggers, so I did it again! Keep up the good work! Blessings, Erin

        May 21, 2012 at 3:55 PM

      • Ahh– thank you Erin – did not know that was ok. How wonderful! 🙂

        May 21, 2012 at 4:06 PM

  78. so sorry you have been through so much. i totally get the nature thing, i spent two years living in BC and hiking in the mountains every chance i got, at least three times a week. everything disappeared when i was up there! i just moved from there weeks ago to flat land and i miss my mountains so!

    May 23, 2012 at 12:55 AM

    • Thanks so much for your lovely comment. Yes – I have really gotten so much respite from embracing the natural world. I hope there is enough in BC to fill you buckwheat! Welcome to Throughthehealinglens ~ so nice to have you!

      May 23, 2012 at 1:07 AM

      • sometimes the greatest gifts come out of the worst adversity.

        May 23, 2012 at 1:19 AM

  79. So true buckwheatsrisk. I have encountered many areas in my life I can say this about….though I will be truthful and say I’m quite ready for some of this adversity to back off now 🙂 Working on it! Welcome and thank you for following!! ~ RL

    May 23, 2012 at 6:21 PM

  80. Kathy Sievers

    Wow!! You are an amazing woman….Your story is so inspiring and uplifting…It makes me so thankful for each day that I am given..Thank you for sharing your story, and I will pray that only good things are in your future 🙂 I love the photos that you have posted, your are very talented 🙂

    May 28, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    • Kathy thank you so very much for your wonderful comment and wishes. I do appreciate and can feel the good energy sent my way. Blessings to you always as well ~ I appreciate. ~RL

      May 28, 2012 at 5:02 PM

  81. I understand.
    Scott

    June 1, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    • Appreciate Scott…really do. Yes – kindredspirts amongst us. So nice to have you here… welcome.
      Sending healing wishes and good thoughts out to Indianapolis today ~ Love and Light always, RL

      June 1, 2012 at 7:18 PM

  82. Courageous is small word for you Robyn. I am sure an abundance of happiness awaits you. Wish you good heath and cheers. Dilip

    June 3, 2012 at 5:21 AM

    • Dilip, so appreciate your comment, and good wishes. Thank you from my heart! Blessings always ~ RL

      June 3, 2012 at 12:48 PM

  83. Loving your photos and posts. I just nominated you for the Inspirational Blog Award.

    June 8, 2012 at 2:43 PM

  84. It is my honor to give you this: http://littlefurrow.wordpress.com/2012/06/09/cheers-third-award-post/
    🙂

    June 9, 2012 at 5:06 AM

    • Thanks so much jymley!! You are so dear and I am flattered that you have honored me with these awards. Congratulations to you as well deal jymley — and have a wonderful weekend!!! xo

      June 9, 2012 at 11:42 AM

      • you so very deserving 🙂 please, no strings attached to it, just want you to enjoy those awards 🙂

        June 10, 2012 at 10:46 PM

      • So lovely you are jymiely — thank you warmly!

        June 10, 2012 at 11:27 PM

  85. My dearest Robyn, I read your story last night just before going to bed and every word you wrote and every emotion you poured out so honestly, touched me to the core. All I can say is that there are heroes out there in the world who inspire the rest of us with every ounce of their being. I weep that you have to go through so much pain. Rejoice that you found ways to still smile that radiant smile of yours. Most of all, that you are there for your beautiful children. I was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago and in that one single moment, my whole world crashed to a million shattering shards. My little son was only three at that time. It was like staring into the darkest abyss I had ever known. Through mastectomy, chemotherapy and recovery, it has given me a glimpse of what it means to go through the fires of tests and purification. I’m glad we met somehow in this big, great world. Holding your hand and giving you a big soothing hug. Thank you for sending out so much light and blessings each day. I wish you well. I wish you a ray of light to always shine through those days when it seems dark. With much love, Sharon

    June 9, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    • Dear Sharon,

      Your comment today has touched my heart very deeply. I am in awe of your insight and understanding, and thank you for taking the time to express yourself in such a heartfelt and eloquent way here. It means a great deal to me. I have come to realize that their are some here on planet earth who are profoundly sensitive souls, who feel more deeply in every sense. No doubt you are one of those souls. I know that having had your own encounter with cancer, and the emotions surrounding loosing a part of yourself in order to save a greater part of yourself must only have brought these empath-type qualities in you into sharper focus. I was also aggressive surgically with my cancer, as my family history is astounding and I was sure I carried the gene that would haunt me forever, while I battled the chronic pain from my other medical conditions…. I think it was the right choice, as I’m sure you do too. Yes, facing the dark abyss is ever so frightening, but as you now know – the joys of living and enjoying your family, your children, your life become more vibrant and wondrous thereafter. I’m hoping one day I can have a ‘thereafter’ where my relentless daily pain is concerned, and I will accept your hand and hug in my quest for that. Also sending you love and light for continued health and wellness in every way from this day foreword. With love and gratitude for your loving message today ~ Robyn Lee

      June 9, 2012 at 11:36 AM

  86. I could identify with your story my body is a lemon that continues to be fixed. I had spinal fusion surgery this past December requiring titanium rods and would meet the company of chronic pain. I think capturing moments is healing as we just have to take each day one at a time. Look forward to following all that life brings you.

    June 9, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    • Oh Maribel thank you so much…just did a brief overview of your site as well….yes, can see you too have had your share of challenge and a beautiful body that just won’t cooperate. My heart goes out to yours. You’ve faced the challenges with such spirit and courage…. I hope you heal well from the fusion in December. I had mine in 04 and have since had the titanium rods removed (hoping it would ease my pain 😦 I agree that one day at a time is the only way to approach this… and the lens is a good place to focus when we need diversion (if the pain is not too much to do that). Are your spine issues a separate problem from the kidney transplant? I have organ malfunction (pancreas/bile ducts) as well – and wonder how much spine nerves may be playing a part. In any case… will keep you in my prayers and will be following your blog as well ~ love and friendship, RL

      June 9, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      • I’m glad to share this connection and look forward to following along this journey.Finding the blessing that pain can easily cover but the human spirit is amazing. Thank God we can capture it through words and through our lens because if we couldn’t it can be easy to let the pain get the best of us. My spine issues came after the the kidney transplant. Shortly after my transplant I got an infection that reeked havoc all over my body including my spine. I have to play this fine balance to maintain kidney transplant. Unfortunately, I was very vulnerable to this infection. They think the source of my current pain is from one of the screws. They may later take it out after I hit the one year mark from my surgery date. I’m so happy to have found your blog and meeting you. My prayers will be with you as well! My offering of love and friendship in return. ~Maribel

        June 10, 2012 at 6:35 PM

      • Me too Maribel… I am praying that things stabilize for you medically. So sorry to hear about the infection risk and spine issues. Sometimes the fusion does take a long time to heal… so you are still early days (Dec I think). I do know of cases where removing hardware reduced the pain a great deal… or cured it. If you need this .. then I hope this is your case. I agree with you, Thank God we have our creative abilities… they provide us with an outlet we desperately need. Let’s keep in touch! Sending strength, courage, wisdom and love to you my new friend… RL

        June 11, 2012 at 12:10 AM

  87. Great to find another Rumi fan! I am a Rumi fan!

    Well, it’s great to find your blog, Robyn. I am gladly following. 🙂

    In fact my poetry style is very much inspired by him. You want want to read, “Get Drunk Near the Sun” and “Whirling Towards the Divinity”

    Thank you and lovely day to you! 🙂

    Subhan Zein

    June 10, 2012 at 7:05 AM

    • Thanks Subhan… so pleased to meet you. I have just dropped by your site and much enamored. Could not find your “Whirling Towards the Divinity” ~ but read lots of others… Sending warm wishes your way on this day!!

      June 10, 2012 at 11:34 AM

  88. Hi Robyn 🙂 I just nominated you for an award. http://ramblingsfromjewels.wordpress.com/2012/06/10/and-the-blog-award-goes-to/

    June 10, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    • So lovely of you Jewels… I am honored that you find my blog inspiring!! Gratitude 🙂
      Oh – and Like you — I would LOVE to be a psychic 🙂 Much Love!!

      June 11, 2012 at 12:04 AM

  89. Hi Robyn Lee,
    I have nominated you for the Reader Appreciation Award. If you choose to accept the reward, please click the link for information on how to do so. If you prefer not to receive awards, please accept the appreciation anyway.
    http://restinginawareness.com/2012/06/13/reader-appreciation-award/
    ~ Paul

    June 14, 2012 at 12:53 AM

    • Paul – thank you so much for this. I am truly honored and flattered that you found TTHL worthy of this award. So happy to have you here ~ RL

      June 14, 2012 at 12:56 AM

  90. HI 🙂
    AMAZING LIFE — AMAZING JOURNEY THUS FAR …..
    SO GLAD TO MEET YOU !
    VERY HUMBLED ……
    🙂
    I AM LOOKING FOR THE SUBSCRIBE TO YOUR BLOG – BUTTON 🙂
    I CAN’T SEEM TO FIND IT !
    CONGRATULATIONS ON BEING SUCH A COURAGEOUS AND AMAZING WOMAN …
    MUCH LOVE XO
    CAT

    June 14, 2012 at 4:04 PM

    • Oh Cat, thank you so much for your very thoughtful and warm comment. I so appreciate and welcome you here… Will also have to visit your sight regularly as it was a true delight for me to read your words to day…
      HOpe you found the follow icon – I think I may have gotten notification that you are on board!!
      Sending Love and Light your way today and always~Robyn Lee

      June 14, 2012 at 7:52 PM

      • I DIDN’T YET ……..
        BUT I WILL FIND IT 🙂 XOXOXOXO
        MUCH LOVE XO

        June 14, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    • Thank you Cat ~ Much Love!! RL

      June 18, 2012 at 1:34 PM

  91. Dear Robyn, I read much of your story. Gosh. One thing I did want to mention: haiku. Haiku is much like taking snapshots, but with words. It is something I find I can do even when I’m in a lot of pain. There are certain rules: a haiku is in three lines. Ideally there are 5 syllables on the first line, 7 on the second, and 5 on the last line. No one follows that anymore, so let’s just say no more than 17 syllables, and no more than 7 syllables on a line. Writing haiku (and taking photos, both of which I recently began doing) takes you outside yourself to a degree. At least it gets you to focus you attention outside yourself. This is good for people who have mental problems, I think, and it is also good if you have physical problems. While you are out in nature, notice things, and try to put them into words. For example, at the old pond / geese 24/7 / till the goslings can fly. That is a haiku I wrote. Autumn and spring / twice lovely / the dogwood tree. I have found that working with liittle poems like this gives me much joy. Gotta go now pick up my son. Go here http://edbremsonl.blogspot.com or here http://twitter.com/edbremson good luck!!!!!!!!!!

    June 18, 2012 at 1:03 PM

    • Thank you so much Ed… appreciate!! I am somewhat familiar with Haiku and have dabbled in it some when I started to blog – as in this post:
      https://throughthehealinglens.com/2012/01/20/falling/ I had a girlfriend who also thought it would be fun for me and healing – in conjunction with the photography. I do like it – may try some more. She did buy me a book on it too. Thanks for telling me about the 7 syllable limit – that I was not clear on. Also 17 max – good info. Definitely can see how this can be like a ‘snap-shot’ in time…. So glad you have found your passion in this. Will look further at your blogger site (though that link did not work – but I got on through a google search)… Do you have a wordpress site too?

      Thank you again – you are a lovely person to share this with me! ~ Best, RL

      June 18, 2012 at 9:16 PM

  92. Wow, quite a story, Robyn.
    As a first time visitor I was beginning to feel like an intruder until I realised that your tale was written to provide inspiration for others.
    And it does.
    Love your pictures.
    I live near Loch Lomond in Scotland and find there the sort of serenity and fulfilment that you do in your wild life reserve.
    Good luck and thank you.

    June 19, 2012 at 5:16 AM

  93. You are very welcome Jack, and never an intruder here…I welcome you with open arms. Yes – this blog project for me was at first a light effort at healing therapy. It’s evolved, and am actually beginning to feel almost like a true artist in a sense. My affinity for nature is what sparked everything, and it’s wonderful to have the wildlife refuge nearby. Now that the weather is summer here, I’m also able to visit some of the world’s must beautiful beaches which soothes me immensely as well. Wow… Scotland – how exciting to meet you… just took a quick visit to your site and have enjoyed your poetry and illustrations a great deal there…. plan to revisit 🙂 Thank you for stopping by ~ and welcome!! 🙂

    June 19, 2012 at 12:06 PM

  94. RL …..!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JUST A HUGGGGGGGGGGG from me to You ………
    You definitely have quite the presence here ……
    really truly deeply ……..
    The power was out all day
    But – was doing some writing outside
    the biggest tree i could find – made a very nice resting place
    Thank You for the insightful heart that you are ……
    I – Too can feel You across the internet —————-
    it’s very cool 🙂 x
    I contacted NOAH last night ———- very cool people – sight oriented in the us ……i am in toronto ….
    and they are gonna connect me with people with all sorts of albinism …..here in toronto …..

    anyways thinking of You ::)
    and Glad to have the power ON again …….
    you are a true gift !!!!

    xo
    Cat

    June 19, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    • Thank you soooo much Cat… means a lot! I am sending prayers that they get your vision and any other issues with the Albinism well under control so you can soar ahead with your promising career. You are Divinely inspired ~ it is clear. I also had a chat with my husband tonight who happens to be an eye surgeon… and he taught me some of what you are dealing with re: vision and other issues. May your new lenses provide much clarity and joy… You look wonderful in them btw!! Sending Love and Hugs right back to you~ xo Robyn Lee

      June 20, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      • Good morning !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow —- isn’t that cool ——- 🙂 Your husband an eye surgeon ……
        My goodness …..!!!!!
        Everything is under control for now …………. I have had one surgery – strabismus – in 2000 ……. Didn’t make that much of a difference ….. Only aligned my eyes ….. Thank You for saying that about my art ………
        I am on my own here – You know art wise ……..
        so at this point – i do it for me ………. i have to write or make music – or else i go cuckoo !!!!! lol……
        I am just Happy with my new glasses ….:)
        They did Not have anything til …. Now …….
        and so – like You – Like everyone in life – we keep on adapting ———–And That is a very Good feeling ………. To know That I can stand on my own two feet and be me and do my art ………..
        i always say this to my friends – we are all born with some kind of bobo ——– my silly french word for some kind of pain …..You Know ?
        sometimes the bobos come later in life – sometimes we live with them all our lives ……….
        I don’t think anyone is not wounded in some way or another ……… That’s why connecting and being with like hearted people – inspires us further ……….
        🙂 🙂 🙂
        We gotta keep on trucking !!!!!!!!! lol 🙂
        Big Hugs To You and so look forward to reading more …and creating more and just being Happy with this new phase of life …:) 🙂 🙂
        I used to care sooo much about the way i looked – i
        because i can’t control my vision ……
        But i have let that go …………It’s the heart that counts …………
        🙂 Ginormous hugs RL…….
        and i still can’t believe your husband is an eye surgeon …………
        I guess over the years – i have known over 200 eye doctors …….. i have been like a human guinea pig …. Now it’s time to rest from all of that – Glad i have a doc that i see every 6 months so i can really Live ……:)
        Big Hugs and Looking forward to reading You more ….:)
        xoxoxoxoxoxo Cat

        June 20, 2012 at 6:45 AM

    • Cat your message is a joy to receive. You have a such a loving inspiring spirit. I am so thrilled you are finally finding benefit with the new glasses, and have a good team behind you to support your vision issues the very best way. Yes life is very much about adapting, accepting and making our lives as bright and fulfilling as we possibly can. Do believe we all have the “bo bos” ~ some physical some emotional and often a mix of the two. You are beautiful inside and out ~ and may your music and writing spark you to heights you never imagined. Very excited to know you and will stay in touch as you follow your heart’s journey my friend ~ Much Love …. Robyn Lee

      June 21, 2012 at 10:43 AM

  95. What an inspiring story. As someone who also deals with chronic medical issues and pain, I thank you for making your struggle known. It lets us know we are not alone. Hopefully, you don’t feel that way, either. Judging by the number of comments, it’s clear you have many supporters.

    June 25, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    • Daniel, first welcome. I am so happy you came by today. Yes it is a struggle, and I do my best to be positive and distract from some of the realities, but it is always nice to know someone who really gets it. I do have a loving support system, but only those who have faced similar challenges can begin to comprehend what living with chronic pain and illness is about. Thank you so much for your comment, and know you are always welcome here ~ wishing you wellness and joy in your journey~~ Robyn Lee

      June 25, 2012 at 3:12 PM

  96. Thank you for sharing your stories and innermost feelings through your photography. It is breathtaking stuff. We all heal in so many different ways. When we do not express our hurt or our fear, the body does it for us. This expression will empty you of everything that is harboured. Keep going, I’m already an avid follower.

    June 28, 2012 at 3:55 AM

    • Thanks so much yazrooney! I appreciate your warm comment and agree that it’s important to express to promote healing. I think I resisted doing this for a long time …just trying to push through. This blog project just manifested out of nowhere but has been a blessing in that it has allowed me space to express. I doubt it will be a magic healing solution, but has been one small way I can contribute by touching others and connecting. Truly am grateful for your support ~ Sending love and light, Robyn

      June 28, 2012 at 7:59 PM

  97. I think you’re an amazing woman, and I love to read your blogs – they are so inspiring and uplifting – best wishes… 😉

    July 1, 2012 at 3:58 AM

    • Aww, thanks so much Drake… such a heartwarming comment from you…so appreciate and wish you love and wellness always!! 🙂 RL

      July 1, 2012 at 10:47 AM

  98. Hi Robyn, Each time I see one of your photos I can understand what it took for you to get it and that makes it all the more poignant. Art is a healing medium (for me it is music) and I know the great losses and challenges involved in living with debilitating illness and pain. I hope for less pain for you and greater physical strength, but in the meantime you are triumphing ‘now’ which is something many, many people never manage to do. My very best to you from the UK, Ruth

    July 1, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    • I truly appreciate your insightful comment Ruth. It is true that most cannot know the challenge of simple activity like taking photos, or writing poetry or even what sitting to edit and prepare posts means for me. In one sense it is wonderful as it distracts my psyche from the pain…but sometimes I wonder if the cost might be too much physically. I’m still trying to balance that….what is healing and what is harmful. Not sure. Yes though, I so agree that Art has this amazing healing quality, and this I do not want to abandon. Very touched that you can relate. Thanks so much for your visit here…means a lot ~ and enjoyed exploring over at your ‘place’ a bit ago… best of luck with your new blogging project (assuming new?) … HOpe to keep in touch 🙂 Wellness and Love to you always, RL

      July 1, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      • Hi Robyn, Yes, the precarious balance between doing something for the soul and heart and suffering for it. Unfortunately we speak the same language and have to teeter along this narrow and treacherous path. I will definitely be keeping in touch. Look after yourself first and foremost. And thanks so much for popping over to mine, it was lovely to see your icon there. (Yes, you are right, my site is a new project and I am very new to blogging!) All the best, Ruth

        July 2, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    • So know the of precarious balance you speak Ruth…
      Spent the am at the university in consultation with yet another specialist with ‘new ideas and diagnoses’ …. seems like there is a bottomless pit of labels and diseases yet nobody has any sure solutions or risk-free treatments… a bit disconcerting… yes – will follow your blog now ~ and look forward. Pleasure to meet another who truly understands the plight – and the treacherous path…. really! Sending good thoughts and healing wishes… Robyn

      July 2, 2012 at 1:21 PM

      • Hi Robyn, I wish you well with your trips, opinions and ‘help’ on offer – often it feels endlessly confusing! It is a good job that hope is inextinguishable, however long you’ve been suffering. Even when you don’t realise it, and even in the darkest times, there is always a glimmer left inside of you. Although it can be painful to hope and then encounter yet another disappointment, we still live with, and in, hope and yet live for today. Sending healing wishes to you too, from my heart to yours, Ruth.

        July 6, 2012 at 7:51 AM

      • Thanks so much Ruth. I do appreciate. I agree – it amazes me that I continue to regenerate hopefulness int he face of some very bleak projections and so much failure to make progress. Human spirit is truly amazing… and I have some wonderful forces of love in my life that help immensely. The disappointments are difficult – but somehow I always find a way to get my center back and start looking for one more solution. Hope you are well, and sending those good wishes right back to you ~ Warm wishes your way, Robyn

        July 6, 2012 at 3:28 PM

  99. Hey Robyn! Thank you so much for checking out my site and liking some of my blogs! I love you’re photography! You are soooo talented and I can’t wait to see more 😀

    July 5, 2012 at 1:19 PM

    • Most welcome wannabephotographer (I’m one of those too btw!) I’m so glad you enjoyed your visit here… Sending good thoughts your way ! ~RL

      July 5, 2012 at 3:45 PM

      • HAHAHA You are definitely not a wanna be that’s for sure 😛

        July 5, 2012 at 7:09 PM

      • So sweet – but just started with photography (accidental hobby) in the fall of this year. Began on my i pod – as I was walking for rehab from hip surgery! Do love it though … and your work is fabulous too!! xo

        July 5, 2012 at 7:11 PM

      • Oh I’m so excited for you! You start to see beauty just about everywhere when you start getting into photography 🙂 So glad it’s not just me who likes my pictures 😛 lol

        July 5, 2012 at 7:23 PM

    • This is so true… beauty everywhere!! : ) Thank you so much !!

      July 7, 2012 at 3:56 PM

  100. Someone suggested I check out your blogsite and here I am. God bless you. I will gladly follow you and your story. You know that famous saying “what doesn’t kill me makes me stronger?” It is true. I have more than a little experience there myself but after reading your moving words I might add to the above mentioned quote…also makes me feel more deeply, love more strongly and give more openly – as you do!

    July 6, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    • Thank you so much Penny. Your comment means a lot to me. So appreciate also the addition of your words to that ‘saying’ 🙂 It is soooo true… all sensation becomes magnified after living decades in pain for me. It can be a positive in some ways, but also may put me at some risk… but it is all I have to work with, and so I embrace it best I can. Blessings to you always, and thanks for your encouragement!! ~ Much Love to you and yours , RL

      July 7, 2012 at 3:32 PM

      • You are most welcome. We are nothing without friends. We have nothing without each other. Some nice truths to help us all get thru each day!

        July 7, 2012 at 5:54 PM

  101. What a tender and incredible story you share, and through it all, you keep a positive attitude. Your story surely reminds others to squeeze the most from each day and to be grateful for good heath if they have it. I am not surprised that being alone with nature gives you comfort and a place of healing. I am at my best when alone with nature, and I am sure that it is the most important part of my mental, spiritual and physical health. I look forward t following your blog. Lisa/Z

    July 7, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    • Lisa thank you so much for your thoughtful and touching comment. I so agree, enjoy each moment, and appreciate the blessings no matter how small. Health is everything… and we don’t realize that until we face challenges there. Yes – nature is so soothing and nurturing in all ways ~ and offers so much wisdom and spiritual insight. I’m so glad you too have found this gift in your life. Welcome here … so wonderful to have you… RL

      July 7, 2012 at 11:34 PM

  102. Very beautiful photos, and a very beautiful attitude. Best to you.

    July 7, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    • Thank you so much Karen. I have enjoyed visiting your blog as well…wonderful poetry and pleased to find you. Much appreciate your kindness… Sending good thoughts your way ~Robyn Lee

      July 7, 2012 at 11:15 PM

  103. Robyn,

    thank you for your story. You might find this of interest. . .

    HEALING THE SHADOW
    S e c o n d E d i t i o n

    The second edition of Healing The Shadow will be out soon.
    Healing The Shadow is about helping people heal their inner
    woundedness and step into the light. It brings into a modern
    context, thousands of years of shamanic healing practice.
    Already one of the classics of modern shamanism, the second
    edition of Healing The Shadow, with an additional 130 pages of
    material, promises to be even more effective.

    Healing The Shadow is not the kind of book you pick up
    off the rack. It is a book that you reach for when you need
    something more to move you out of a spiritual dilemma. It is a
    book that travels largely by word of mouth, from one spiritual
    traveler to another. Therefore, anything you could do to help
    make others aware of the book’s existence, would be most
    appreciated.

    I am attaching a PDF of the Introduction to Shadow that will
    give you a good sense of what The book is about. If you would
    be interested in writing a review for your site, please let me
    know (ross@rossbishop.com) and I would be pleased to send
    you the entire book

    Namaste,

    Ross Bishop

    July 8, 2012 at 2:56 PM

    • Thank you so much Ross. I appreciate. I am quite familiar with the “Shadow-Self” as described by Carl Jung. I did some study at the Jungian Institute in NYC at one time. Also have a special interest in Jungian psychology in the broader sense as well. I will certainly order a copy of your book. My pain shadows here are mostly relating to my challenges in living with physical pain due to medical conditions, but I suppose there is an element of Jung’s shadow that might be projected into and of this. Will be in touch for sure, and thank you for your visit today! Best to you, RL

      July 8, 2012 at 7:03 PM

  104. Hi Robyn, Thanks for passing by 🙂

    July 12, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    • Most welcome – you have a fun site – hope to return, and thanks for visiting here ~ great to have you ~ much Love

      July 12, 2012 at 8:10 PM

  105. Robyn, don’t know how I got here but my good fortune. An amazing set of images and poetry. You are such an artist.

    July 13, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    • Thank you kindly! I am very glad you made your way here Thomas~ so pleased you enjoyed some of my humble artistic endeavors. Please visit again, and I’m very comfortable over at ‘your place’ too – so plan to follow your blog whenever I can 🙂

      July 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM

    • Thank you so much Tom… welcome and grateful you did find your way here, as it led me to your wonderfully insightful blog home which I’ve been reveling in. Thank you for your kind words and thoughtful comments ~ Sending warm thoughts your way today ~ Robyn

      July 16, 2012 at 11:59 AM

  106. Having worked in the healthcare for a couple of years now, I must say I respect your bravery and love of life. People take things for granted until they are taken away, but my interaction with patients has taught me better than that. You are indeed an inspiration. Thanks for the visit on my blog!

    July 14, 2012 at 3:25 AM

    • Thanks so much jamul7! I so appreciate your thoughtful comment. I also agree, we often neglect to appreciate how precious our health is until we face adversity. Then it becomes VERY clear. I am so glad your exposure in working with patients has given you wise insight. Very much appreciate your kind words ~ and had a very nice time visiting your blog – and hope to return often 🙂 Love and Light to you…RL

      July 14, 2012 at 11:31 AM

  107. Robyn your story is inspiring to me. As one who’s suffered with debilitating pain and chronic health issues it’s refreshing to come across someone who’s attitudes mirror mine. My oldest has just been diagnosed with late stage Lyme disease at the age of 35 .Blessings to you and yours

    July 14, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    • Thanks so much for your thoughtful comment Selena. It is wonderful to meet you and know you understand the lonely place this kind of pain can create for another. Still many mysteries unsolved for me… and like your oldest, last year was told I had a very late stage case of chronic lyme last summer. I am still uncertain, but 3 antibodies on the Western Blot test were negative (along with the low CD 57)….very controversial diagnosis but seems my joints and nervous system have been challenged by something, and this may be the culprit ~ given were we live and realizing my little one had lyme at 1 yr old back in 93 right before all this began for me. I wish you and yours wellness and blessings always ~ RL

      July 14, 2012 at 11:37 PM

      • My daughters is definitive . A needle aspiration tested positive for lyme . My daughter found herself unable to get out of bed and unable to walk due to intense hip pain,It turned out to be a blessing as it prompted her to seek emergency care.x-rays cat scan mri all done was sent home with a diagnoses of infection in her hip most likely requiring hip replacement.The following morning(Sunday) she was called by the hospital telling her to return immediately back to the er as the mri showed something very serious was going on. She had been ill a long time but put it down to raising 7 children under the age of 17 and working the night shift . this has the potential to be fatal for her long and short we have no idea where the journey will lead we just know that we will journey together and fight this with all we have.We live on the east coast in Connecticut an area where lyme is thought to have originated . We will keep you uplifted and ask that you do the same., Oh and please call me Lena all my friends do

        July 15, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    • Thank you so much Lena (was my maternal grandma’s name btw). So you daughter had her spinal fluid extracted to make this definitive diagnosis? Her pain was intense but also signs of infection (swelling, redness, fevers etc?). I had 10 weeks of fever last summer when this all came to the forefront. I never had the spinal fluid extracted, was told it could rule it in but not out… and risky (i’ve had csf leaks in the past).
      So much pain in my hips, spine and really body wide …now 1.5 years post-op from bilateral hip surgeries (carving of bone and labrum repairs – not replacement) and have had spine fusion amongst lots of other surgeries too over the years. Makes me wonder.

      I am going to keep your daughter in my prayers for complete and total healing and smooth recovery. Please keep in touch. Many docs do believe in treating chronic Lyme with long-term aggressive antibiotic therapy (iv etc.) others do not. The CDC has not advocated for the aggressive approach but some feel there are political reasons. I’ve done a lot of research – not certain. I also live in a endemic area (Eastern Long Island). Hard to know what really happened to me after now almost 20 years – and like your daughter… I was suffering through the busy years, raising my children and trying to be ‘tough’…. Blessings and Friendship – Health and joy to you… will keep you in heart and prayer on this ~ RL

      July 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

      • Selena Howard

        Good morning Robyn, Actually they aspirated the fluid that was in her hip and found out about the lyme from that .She had been feeling like she had a never ending case of the flu complete with fever for months and months .She’s also had a horrid case of Shingles during this time. To complicate matters she has no health insurance because the cost per week had skyrocketed to over 400.00 just to keep insurance on her and her children,Even had a broken arm that never got treatment because of her lack of insurance. We are scouting around for ways to get her treatment covered. She was fortunate that a surgeon( the one called in as a consult for her hip) has donated any doctor visits she needs but meds and so forth she’s on her own.Thank you for the thoughts and prayers will continue to keep you and yours in ours. I hope you don’t mind that I tweeted your story,my hope is the more exposure you get the more others will be inspired and possibly someone may see this that gives you the answers you seek

        July 16, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      • Thank you Lena. I will also hold your daughter in my heart and prayers. Interesting they aspirated her synovial fluid to make the diagnosis. I have had my hips looked at in MRi but nobody has taken fluid… I suppose there was not sign of infection the way your daughter had. Thankful that the doctor that is seeing her is compassionate and not billing, though I know the antibiotic treatments can be expensive. May she find a way to resolve this without much stress and struggle. I truly feel for her plight…and feel comforted just a little, knowing she has a mom like you~ Wellness Always, RL

        July 16, 2012 at 10:59 AM

  108. Robyn Lee…I happened upon your site after reading a comment you made on Thomas Ross’ blog about seeing ourselves in others. A beautiful and insightful comment. I could not have put this better, so I would really like to reboot this on my site with your permission. I started a blog last month http://www.servingothersblog.com which you may enjoy. And your story…quite a journey. My wife also has spinal fusion surgery. Thanks for the honesty and inspiration. Jonathan

    July 16, 2012 at 9:29 AM

    • Hi Jonathan, and thank you for your thoughtful comment here. I wrote that comment to Tom last night, when his post struck a cord I know well. Certainly you have my permission to utilize my words however suits you. I do hope your wife has done well with her spine fusion, and is blessed with comfort and good health always! I just took a quick visit over to your blog, and can see you are certainly on a path of self-discovery. I will visit again soon 🙂 Best to you always friend ~Robyn Lee

      July 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

  109. I can’t believe it has taken me so long to finally read your story, but I have, and I find an even greater gratitude within my being for the gift of your life, and how you share yourself, and your unexpected passion: photography combined with poetry here with us. In our paths of life, I am often humbled by the amazing people God places in my life, especially when I’m not looking, but at the same time genuinely need these people. You are such a gift, and each time I read your messages, I’m am so touched. Thank you for the wonderful courage you find, for your humility, your beauty, for opening yourself to life, and allowing it to touch you and transform you even in the midst of your great pain. Your smile lights up life. May you be blessed, dear Robyn, with the gifts of abundance and the extraordinary life you search in each and every moment that you live and experience life. Blessings always to you beautiful friend, Erin

    July 16, 2012 at 3:01 PM

    • Oh Erin…just noticing this post now…. what absolutely touching and very sensitive words from you. I am humbled – truly. Cannot even express my appreciation for your heartfelt message to me. I do attempt transcend the pain and reap all the ‘good stuff’ out of this life that I can. Has been difficult as of late as my condition seems to be deteriorating…but I’m not going to give up hope and will make the very best of each moment. I am blessed just to know you here Erin, and for you may only life’s greatest gifts come. Just the little we have connected here, it is amazing how one can feel a bond ~ and care …. truly incredible – but real ~ Much Love to you dear Erin ~Robyn

      July 18, 2012 at 11:01 PM

  110. What a journey and a long struggle to go through. Life is hard but sometimes even harder. I wish what medicines fails to do, is often achieved by our own little prayers.

    Sending you lots of energy, positive vibes and prayers to keep you stronger.
    Love
    Mani

    July 18, 2012 at 2:44 PM

    • Thanks so much Mani. Your warm thoughts are so much appreciated. Love and Light to you friend ~ Robyn Lee

      July 18, 2012 at 3:44 PM

  111. Your story really touched me and I am lost for words… I admire your courage and wish you easier days.

    July 18, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    • Oh thank you so much dear Paula. I so appreciate your thoughtful message here. I keep trying to make this work ~ and do feel blessed to have caring people behind me like you ~ much love, RL

      July 18, 2012 at 10:54 PM

  112. I love your philosophy which is much the same as mine. I hope your photography, which I also love, continue to help you through your pain. I came to you through Nae’s Nest and am happy that I have found your lovely work. :). And the delightful Cinderella poem! 🙂

    July 21, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    • Thanks so much for your thoughtful words mbt! Welcome to my “healing lens” and I do hope you enjoy your stay here. Very honored that Nae chose to reblog my post today and it has brought you here. Yes – we share similar philosophy – have spent some time at your wonderful blog as well!! So appreciate your warm wishes for pain-releive and healing. Mean’s a lot~ Best to you, RL ps: LOVE Cinderella (was my favorite fairy tale as a young girl 🙂 xo

      July 21, 2012 at 11:16 AM

  113. I’m not sure I would be strong enough to go through everything you have been- possibly (probably) still are- going through. I think it’s great that you found a hobby to take your mind occasionally off your problems with your health. I watch my dad, at 89, just waiting. Living alone, watching TV day after day. I’ve often thought that I will not end up like him because, as long as I am mobile- either by walking or even by wheel chair if necessary, I have my photography. And when I can no longer get around- if I am ever confined to my home, a room, my bed- I still have my books. And writing. Good luck with your struggles and I look forward to sharing as much of your life as you deem fitting! I’m glad I stumbled across your blog.

    July 21, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    • Paul thank you so very much for taking the time to comment and express such thoughtful sentiments. It is true that having a passion can carry us through much challenge – both physically and emotionally. The funny thing for me is that my passion unfolded during some of my most difficult times. It was almost like a gift. I feel lucky that way. And you are right, even if not very mobile and active, photography can still be an art. I shot a very cool looking lemon yesterday. The writing is also an amazing outlet. Always loved to write, and now am finding the combination with photography a wonderful thing. Blessings to you and yours — and welcome! ~Robyn

      July 21, 2012 at 9:40 PM

  114. Dear Robyn,
    I reread your story today.
    You did not chose this suffering but you did choose how you are dealing with it and that is what inspires me.
    I’m honored to be your cousin. I’m sending my love to you.
    oxo
    Mindy

    July 21, 2012 at 5:18 PM

    • That was so touching to hear from you Mindy. It’s the best I can do yes… though wish I could do better. Honored to be your cousin as well. You are a wonderful soul. Much Love ~ xo Robyn

      July 21, 2012 at 8:55 PM

  115. Robyn, I found you on Soma’s blog and decided to visit. Honestly, I am in awe of your attitude with what you have experienced, but also inspired by your attitude and the fact that you look on the bright side and hold onto your family and friend’s support to help you along. Thank you for sharing your personal story of pain and triumph and I will enjoy perusing your world…I know we don’t know each other, but I send you healing hugs, anyway, and many smiles~
    Lauren

    July 21, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    • Lauren, thanks so much for your visit here. Your words are very thoughtful, and mean a great deal to me. I am doing the best I can here, and the creative journey has been wonderful for me. Still have lots of hurdles to overcome and thankful for the support and love around me. Truly appreciate those healing hugs and smiles and wishing you all of life’s blessings always too~ Best, Robyn

      July 21, 2012 at 11:43 PM

  116. I’m honored to be the 100th person to “Like” this page 🙂 My brain is kinda shutting down right now, so I wanna say a lot, but I can’t exactly express them. So I’ll just say that you’ll be in my prayers, and that I can relate a lot to your problems of not being able to watch TV, or movies, or read. Maybe trying photography will be a good hobby for me too.

    July 22, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    • Oh wow Michelle! The 100th ‘Like’ that is amazing! I know the brain shut down thing too.. very happy to have you here…and you will be in my prayers as well… My issues span back nearly 20 years now… this is a journey one could only know if they travel it. Hang in — I can tell you are a survivor. And yes – the photography – but you need not get any fancy camera or heavy equipment — I could not either. Most of my work is done on the iPhone 4S — you’d be amazed. The writing and images have been a God-send — though not easy physically — I’m sure we will connect more — Sending blessings tonight my friend ~ Robyn

      July 22, 2012 at 11:22 PM

  117. You made me feel indeed that we are all connected and that Love is the pivotal universal truth. I felt beautifully reading your story, not sad. Thank you.

    July 23, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    • Thank you so much Pavlos! I so appreciate your thoughtful and uplifting comment today. Very happy that you can take good energy from my story. Welcome and Bless you!

      July 23, 2012 at 9:16 PM

  118. Robyn I don’t hink anyone would read this page and not subscribe to your blog…My goodness..All my cribbings and whinings stop today..you are such a lovely,brave (add Gorgeous and stunning ) fighter..
    Sending you big hugs and love 🙂

    July 24, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    • Soma, your words really touched me. I don’t really think of myself as brave – but do acknowledge that my will to survive these daunting challenges is more than I ever knew I had. I know my work is far from over, and hope one day I will be able to breathe easier without the pain and disability. In the meantime, I just try to appreciate all the goodness around me – and souls like you who show support and compassion. Thank you with all my heart ~ Much Love to you and may all of life’s blessings be yours… Robyn 🙂

      July 24, 2012 at 3:17 PM

  119. AnElephantCant find the right words
    To tell you how sorry he is
    Please don’t brandish a sword
    It’s a groovy award
    So be happy we sent it gee whizz

    Lovely Blog Award thingy:
    http://anelephantcant.wordpress.com/2012/07/24/anelephant-doesnt-mean-to-be-rude-but/

    July 24, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    • Thank you dear one!! I am so very honored by your nomination ~ congrats to you too and much Love your way, Robyn

      July 24, 2012 at 11:54 PM

  120. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my posts! I’m flattered that you liked my poetry!

    July 25, 2012 at 12:05 AM

    • Most welcome Ethan – enjoyed my visit “who i should be” stands out in my mind, but I know there were some great pieces!! Thank you for visiting here as well ~ and welcome!! ~RL

      July 25, 2012 at 12:15 AM

  121. Great Scott do you have a story to tell and I am glad you are telling it. What an inspiration.

    July 25, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    • Thank you so much Noah… I do appreciate. I’m enjoying your poetry as well… so appreciate your encouragement, and welcome here ~ Robyn 🙂

      July 25, 2012 at 11:47 PM

  122. Thank you Robyn for your awesome and inspiring story and for visiting my blog so that I could find yours! Yes, I’ve too discovered that life mutates without warning. I do believe that your spirit of optimism and now your new found photography are blessings. Keep at it. Love, Linda

    July 26, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    • Thank you so much Linda! That means a lot. Yes – optimism is my nature – though it’s been tested ~ but have been enjoying the photography and poetry a lot – and just making connections with others like yourself who understand. Appreciate your note and enjoyed your blog too! Sending Love ~ Robyn

      July 26, 2012 at 11:24 PM

      • Thank you for your feedback Robyn. Like you I was pretty happy with my life and where it was going before my accident. I couldn’t believe that on the cusp of finally carving out more time to more fully explore my creative destiny, in painting, photography and writing, I hit the abyss. But that’s part of “the full catastrophe of life” for everyone, isn’t it? To be sure I have my “why me?” and “what if” moments and I’m often scared but but I also love the adventure, and surprises, of each day. And my blog has been really cathartic and fulfilling for me in more ways than I could have imagined. Love, Linda

        July 27, 2012 at 6:15 AM

  123. Jueseppi B.

    Beautiful woman with a beautiful soul.

    July 28, 2012 at 12:19 PM

    • Most flattered and touched Mr. J.B. ~ thank you for your kind words. Blessings and Wellness to you always ~ Robyn Lee

      July 28, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      • Jueseppi B.

        😉

        July 28, 2012 at 10:51 PM

  124. Thank you for following your dream, I can tell you have already touched many lives. Mine included. You are an inspiration through your story, your pictures and your poems. I could not have said any better – Jueseppi B. said it best “you are a Beautiful woman with a beautiful soul.” Blessings ~ Patty

    July 29, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    • Oh Patty, thank you so much for your lovely warm note. Yes, in a sense my challenges have led me to reveal some gifts and wonderful connections. I do appreciate and am so happy to have you here. May and yours blessed with good health and happiness always. ~ Much Love, Robyn

      July 29, 2012 at 8:37 PM

  125. Ok…. this is very difficult to write..
    I feel like writing a poem or raise my hat to you
    Or may be bow or give you a rose or two
    These thought I had to fight
    To get to meaningful thing to say
    But I can only feel for you
    Perhaps I will in my own way pray
    But I can share with you  a little story ,
    I had to go every all the way every needle , iv line , falling hair , tingly toe and chemo
    With a father with leukemia.. Stage IV .. Terminal ..
    The short version .. We too defeated the beast
    But we had a stroke in the shadow lurking , waiting for us ..
    and that defeated us … 
    After the glorious victory against death , my father was humiliated by incapacitation..
    Years of physio , stretching every muscle and word ..
    But he remained slurred and wheelchair , catheter and diapers bound ,bound ,bound..
    I am the orthopedic surgeon my father dreamed of, but couldn’t really cure him..
    Yet we -as yourself- are different with this pain of helplessness .. Helping and inspiring others becomes a trade .. a profession .. A hobby ..
    What i can say .. Thank you dear … And thanks for the divine winds that brought you to my little hideaway , to carry me to your heaven .. How else I could find your blog ..
    Thank you for all the beautiful feelings and memories you brought to me in this last hour.. 
    Please , allow me to hang around your place … 
    Being an orthopaedic consultant ( I am sure you have no good opinion about us now) , put me in your mind whenever you have any questions , queries and advise regarding your wonderfully fighting joints. My email is ttawab@gmail.com 
    Thank you again and again and again..

    July 29, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    • Dearest Tarek…yours may be the most touching introductory comment I have ever encountered. I am astounded at your sensitivity and warmth only having known me this tiny amount through my blog …and from such far distance away. Still I can feel your genuine sense of care and understanding through your heartfelt words and expressions ~ and even through your humor. Thank you so much for sharing your plight with your father’s struggle with his own medical issues ~ and your sense of helplessness, even being a physician and surgeon. This is closer to home for me than you know. Maybe one day I’ll explain in more detail. I agree though… in the face of such loss of control, the choice is ours to try to make the best of a very imperfect situation…and that is where the creativity and inspiration come from for me. Helping and inspiring …sharing and educating ~ a hobby of sorts – exactly!

      I am very grateful you took the time to visit and explore, and to write me this note. My faith in orthopedic surgeons has been tested, but I can sense you are as good and pure as they come. As for my joints – yes – wonderfully fighting as I’m currently working hard to train the femur to stay put in its socket! 🙂 It has a mind of its own 😦

      Feel welcome here always, and I plan to follow your wonderful work as well ~ so nice to become friends through this amazing technology.
      I am sending up some prayers today for you and your beautiful family ~ wellness and joy and love always ~ Robyn

      July 30, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      • Even a reply can be inspiring .. keep going ..

        July 30, 2012 at 6:10 PM

  126. hello, robyn! this is my first visit to your wonderful site and i can’t help but be inspired with your courage and very positive outlook in life considering. please consider me a part of your blogging world from now on. just stopped by to wish you and your family well before I click the next page and eagerly immerse myself into your photography adventures 🙂

    neil

    July 30, 2012 at 10:04 AM

    • Oh Neil – welcome here and thank you so much for your thoughtful comment. I do have an optimistic outlook by my nature…but circumstance has really put it to the test these last 19 years. I am very happy you are here and hope you enjoy some of my creative efforts as you ‘immerse’ yourself 🙂 . So appreciate your warm wishes and sending you back the same friend ~ Joy to you always, Robyn Lee

      July 30, 2012 at 2:02 PM

      • thank you for the warm welcome. looking forward to more of your posts 🙂

        July 30, 2012 at 6:56 PM

  127. A beautiful and soul searching story that is inspirational and I really do believe that meditation and “art therapy” can really help in positive development.

    July 31, 2012 at 3:54 AM

  128. Welcome jd ~ and thank you so much for your encouraging words. I have to agree, and have experienced some rather profound ‘awakenings’ since embarking on my creative efforts here. I am not sure about physical healing …. but will certainly stay open and receptive there too. Blessings to you ~ RL

    July 31, 2012 at 11:40 AM

  129. Hi Robyn Lee,
    I just visited your blog for the first time … and your story touched me deeply … I am sending you the warmest wishes all the way from New Zealand. You are very special.

    Daniela

    August 1, 2012 at 7:02 AM

    • Thank you so much Daniela. Welcome here 🙂 I am very grateful for your kind and thoughtful words today….all the way from New Zealand. Wishing you much love and wellness always ~ Robyn Lee

      August 1, 2012 at 11:42 AM

  130. I understand chronic pain and admire you ability to find ways to cope. Interesting that I have just discovered that photography is putting meaning back in my life after loosing so much to chronic pain and fatigue. Thanks for sharing your story.

    August 2, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    • Thank you Pat… It has been a long journey for me and unfortunately progressive. Initially I was called firbromyalgia – and then my condition morphed into lots of other things as you saw here in my story. But YES — I am so happy for finding the photography as a therapeutic art. I know it will be helpful and give you back a good chunk of something joyful to focus on when you feel well enough. Happy to have you here ~ as I noticed a post you made to my good friend Meryl. Best to you always, RL

      August 2, 2012 at 6:27 PM

      • Thanks for the kind words. I started crying as I read your reply – which is something I haven’t done in long time. But they were healing tears. I know you understand the difference. I can see you and Meryl being friends – you seem like kindred souls.

        August 2, 2012 at 6:41 PM

  131. You are so inspirational and such a beacon of light. How much so many have to be thankful for and hopefully never take for granted. You are a beautiful statement to this.
    Heather

    August 4, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    • Heather, thank yo iso very much for your thoughtful comment. Yes – I agree, savor every moment and find joy in all the little pleasures in life. Nothing is more important than your wellbeing ~ Blessings to you and welcome here ~Robyn

      August 4, 2012 at 6:39 PM

      • Thank you for the welcome, I look forward to being around here more often 🙂

        August 5, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    • Will be wonderful to have you here Heather… also checked out your amazing blog — and will be visiting to pick up some yummy recipes and healthy eating tips! ~ Blessings to you.. R

      August 5, 2012 at 10:14 PM

  132. Dear Friend ! you are such an inspiration as to how can one fight against all odds and still cherish every moment on this planet . Your art of photography and writing are truly mesmerizing. Hats off to your courage and skills !

    August 6, 2012 at 3:16 PM

    • Thank you so much. I just read a poem you wrote that so much exemplified how I try to cope ~ smile and strive — it was lovely. I am thrilled to have you here and appreciate your thoughtful words today ~ Friendship and Blessings ~Robyn

      August 6, 2012 at 9:19 PM

  133. Hi,
    This is just to let you know that I have nominated you for the ‘Reader Appreciation Award’. If you chose to accept it, here are the rules: http://wp.me/p2v1s2-rD
    Kind Regards,
    Daniela

    August 7, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    • So honored Daniela. Thank you kindly, much appreciate and congratulations! ~ RL

      August 7, 2012 at 9:02 PM

  134. Hey! I nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award!! Go check it out 🙂 http://wannabephotographer87.wordpress.com/2012/08/09/the-very-inspiring-blogger-award/

    August 9, 2012 at 1:51 PM

  135. For You …..
    just cuz
    i am about to take the most glorious sleep of my life ! EEEGADS
    SLeep – what is it ? Lol
    i just wanted to send you

    Thank You for all The IGNITION this week …………….
    You have fired me up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Your last poem
    really moved me deeply ….
    as i was listening to “Surfacing ” the album by Sarah Mcgalughlin – i can never spell her last name …
    when ur poem came up ………..
    Love you and thank You for the ignition – 🙂 and now i just gotta work on sleeping patterns more ……….
    Love “What was always there ” ….Your Line ………….
    That is a whole painting – movie – epic journey right there ….,…..
    Chat soon xoxo
    and yes Moved xo
    Cat

    August 12, 2012 at 1:23 PM

  136. 1cruzdelsur referred me to you and I am very glad he did. I can relate to you on many levels. You are an inspiration. Looking forward to following:)

    August 13, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    • Thank you so much for visiting Jackie. So happy my dear friend Carlos referred you. I just spent a lot of time exploring your blog, and feel very much for all you have been through – and continue to cope with. Left you a few notes there~ Much Love to you ~RL

      August 13, 2012 at 11:46 AM

  137. Robyn – you are AMAZING! You are a true inspiration and I can only hope that if the day ever arises that I am struggling, or living in pain, that I will be as strong and positive as you. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as I follow your journey.

    August 13, 2012 at 12:37 PM

    • Robyn, welcome and thank you so much for your thoughtful warm comment. I very much appreciate you kind words. Sending lots of love and blessings your way. Also it was wonderful to get to know you and your work a bit yesterday ~ truly enjoyed your photos and narratives. Gratitude and Love ~Robyn Lee

      August 14, 2012 at 11:15 AM

  138. Robyn, I am telling you, (what so many have said here already), your presence in this world is a gem. Truly a gift. Your story has been sitting with me for awhile now, in my heart, in my mind. And I am inspired by how you love and live this life…this moment, whether it is filled with hardship and physical pain…you still SHINE and love and LIVE and with aLL THAT MAKES YOU HUMAN and Divine! Truly, that is you and Grace working together. Thank you for your courage and desire and heart to share your photos and prose with the world. I am delighted to read your work. Blessings, Lisa

    August 17, 2012 at 9:29 PM

    • Thanks so much Lisa. Your comment completely warmed my heart. I do love life and try with all of me to accept and embrace ‘what is’. It is sometimes very difficult with the physical pain/progressing disability ~ but the best strategy I’ve found thus far is to find joy in everything I can outside the pain. The blogging community has been amazing in this regard. There is so much compassion, creative spirit and sensitivity here. When I began blogging I was hesitant to tell too much of ‘my story’ as I did not want to give it any power that might impact my healing… Still I felt honesty in who I am and what I’m struggling with would be important. I also wanted to reach out to others who may be struggling, and provide support and inspiration. I’ve created my “pain shadow series” — which speaks directly to my feelings, faith and struggle, but the bulk of my posts are just focussing on the beauty of living.
      I am very happy to have you here, and know from reading your blog that you are a wonderful soul and healer. Wishing you all of life’s blessings and joy joy joy!! ~ Robyn

      August 18, 2012 at 4:24 PM

  139. Gosh Robyn… for some unknown reason I never popped over to read your BIo, and when you referred to it in a comment, well not to your bio but your problem… I had to come and investigate… and after reading this I now stand in more admiration of you than before… to have all this yet to produce the photos you do, lying on your stomach taking photos of beach sands etc… then sitting and penning the words you do, you have the strength of ten men and the ability to with stand the pain that would have us screaming our heads off.. My admiration of your site was well grounded, I realised that you were suffering from an ailment, but not as much as this… and I apologise for any uncalled for, or sick humour I might have written as a comment… It is a manner that LInda and I use to try to forget her problems and sometimes it filters into my comments, it is just a humour relief and not every person sees it as such… so if I have offended you in any way I apologise… However I am a great believer that God is holding us in his hands… it might not feel like it but I’m sure he is… and he has given us a talent which not all of us find… He’s given you three that I’m aware of.. Photography.. Poetry.. Personality.. you are I think an Inspiration to so many others..( I’ve read all the comments) and to have a wonderful husband and two daughters, he has blessed you further… but at the same time he has blessed them more, by giving them you… I will think of you daily when I have my chat upstairs… Hugs Girl..and I mean it in the nicest possible way…

    August 17, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    • Oh Bulldog…just seeing this now… you are such a dear. Yes – this has been a long haul for me. Really would just like to get to point of being stable and functional. I’ve enjoyed the creative work here on the blog a lot –and the surprise bonus of connecting with so many wonderful and sensitive souls like you!! Yes – I’m blessed with a loving family and so many other things… So appreciate your compassion, and know your wife Linda has encountered her share of challenge too (though not sure of the details or status) but keep her in my prayers and my heart as well. Never worry about humor — I am really easy going and can laugh through this stuff most of the time. Right now just trying to keep the pain levels to a point where I can enjoy the joyful stuff… and walking has become a huge ordeal… so working on that too. When I wrote this (my story) I really expected to progress in healing…but it’s gone the other way ~ so I’m needing to keep the faith and forge forward till I get it right. Big hugs back to you BD — you are an angel!! Wellness, Love and Joy always!!! xo R

      August 20, 2012 at 9:13 AM

      • My wife has had 3 different cancers and also suffered a very rare disease called Ococytoma that is in the lymph nodes in the neck and facial area… this had her go through a 9 hour operation… with me champing at the bit to know what was happening… she lost all facial movement or function for 6 months and had to blink using her figer to move her eyelids… she has come through everything and is now nearing the end of her hormonal block therapy that is knocking her all to hell and back… but she survives through it all with a smile on her face and we have always lived by the motto,, “we laugh in the face of adversity”… she has for the last 18months shown that she is in remission from the cancer and DR Me (that’s me) has her eating right following certain natural methods of controlling pH balance a proven cancer beater even if the FDA won’t approve them… It’s hard for her being in constant pain from all the pills etc and insomnia a big problem, but then I don’t sleep much so we often chat a night away… It is also difficult from my side as I am healthy and active so I spend a lot of time alone now photographing where she was always with me… but a few months to go and when she is off these pills they say within 5 days she will begin to feel so much better… But she is my strength and my life companion … and fight on together we shall… but we realise there are so many others worse off than her and always wish we could do something for them… I just feel you will like Linda improve… God has a strange plan for all of us and who are we to question… God Bless and you are in our prayers…

        August 20, 2012 at 9:25 AM

    • Oh gosh Bulldog… I can’t imagine how much Linda and you have been through — 3 different cancers and then this rare disease?! Geez. I just looked up Oncocytoma — see it can effect thyroid or salivary or parotid – or kidney … assuming she had one that impacted neck so one of the former. I can’t imagine loosing complete facial movement like that… and having to manually blink! ~ God Bless her. I’m so happy she is near the end of the therapy, remission from these cancers — and there is a light coming at the end of this rough tunnel for you both — and so happy she has you by her side through all this “yuck” – keeping her smiling and laughing, alkalinizing her diet etc! I know it must be so rough for her…but just a little easier when your loved ones are as delightful as I’d imagine you are. Also has to be very hard for you… as I know my family struggles too. I’ve had to send them off on family vacations (overseas visiting my daughter during her South America Study Abroad time) and this year will be Spain — without me. 😦 I encourage my husband to find hobbies – and he’s actually stumbled into many due to my issues. We just can’t participate fully in many of the things that should be easy — socializing, weddings, family holidays etc. Everything is a huge ordeal. Still like you and Linda — there is a soul-bond between life-companions that far exceeds any of the struggles and disappointments. I know she will triumph – and you two will have many more wonderful excursions and experiences together. Hoping we will here too. I do think going through these hardships makes us exquisitely sensitive to the plights of others. I’ve always been a very compassionate person….but now – my sensitivity has just intensified so much.
      Keep marching forward with Linda — I will keep you both in heart and prayer — and know good things are waiting. Thank you for all your loving wishes and encouragement. As I’ve said – you are very special!! Much Love ~R

      August 20, 2012 at 10:27 PM

  140. Hi Robyn. I nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog” Award. For more information, please visit my blog at http://www.robyngrahamphotography.com.

    August 18, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    • Warm thanks Robyn!! Very honored and so appreciate!! Congrats to you too!!! Much Love ~ RL

      August 20, 2012 at 9:16 AM

  141. I know what it’s like to live with pain daily, but not to the extent you do it seems. I applaud your courage to carry on smiling 🙂

    August 20, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    • thank you Mondrak. I appreciate your sharing and encouragement. It’s been nearly 20 years of the chronic pain now… but entering a new phase of disability that I’ve never known… Still holding on to hope that we will get to the root of the problem. In the meantime — I look for the joy and savor it wherever I can. So appreciate – and do hope you are managing your pain well and enjoying each moment!! ~ Love to you, Robyn

      August 20, 2012 at 9:06 AM

      • I manage it well the majority of the time, there are just days when I am unable to move. I am thankful that I have two children who are complete angels (even though they are teenagers) and help me when they can. I’ve been living with pain for about 28 years, but chronic for ten.

        I hope that the root of your problem is found sooner rather than later.

        August 20, 2012 at 9:12 AM

  142. Yes- it does seem like there has been a lot of guess-work and now 11 major surgeries into this, I sometimes wish I could go back in time. None of the surgeries have helped…and many have done damage. I can’t take any pain meds since they removed my gallbladder (complication that causes my bile ducts to spasm with a single narcotic pill)… so days are rough. I appreciate your compassion and know you can relate. The blogging has been a light in my life — connecting to some wonderful people and offering a wonderful creative outlet. Will keep you in my heart for wellbeing and joy always — and welcome here!! Much Love your way ~

    August 20, 2012 at 9:20 AM

  143. Hi Robyn!

    I have nominated you for the Inspiring Blogger Award, Beautiful Blogger Award and Super Sweet Blogger Award. I found your blog beautiful and you do inspire me in many ways so i believe you deserve this, too.

    Just take a look on this link to learn the rules:
    http://thediaryofmeblog.wordpress.com/2012/08/26/the-lucky-4-awards-for-the-diary-of-me/

    Congratulations! 🙂

    Sincerely,
    Mack

    August 26, 2012 at 2:37 AM

    • Aww, thank you so much Mack. I am very touched and honored by your nomination. Much appreciate your warm words – and also so much congratulations to you my friend – well deserved, your blog is special!! ~ Robyn

      August 26, 2012 at 8:25 PM

      • You’re welcome! Thank you also for coming in to my Diary and for taking the time reading it’s content! 🙂

        August 27, 2012 at 3:26 AM

  144. Robyn,

    As I wrote today’s “Something Happened,” you , your story, your photo artistry were all in the front of my mind.

    I wanted you to know.

    Thanks for being with me.

    Tom

    August 27, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    • Thanks so much Tom, for stopping over here to let me know this. You are so kind and dear. I did read “Something Happened” earlier on my phone, and of course if resonated with me right away. So appreciate your warm heart and open soul. Also grateful for your presence here ~ much Love, Robyn

      August 27, 2012 at 3:07 PM

  145. Sandy

    Robyn, I’ve nominated you for the One Lovely Blog Award. See the nomination at anotherlovelyday.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/one-lovely-blog-award. Congratulations!
    ~ Sandy

    August 29, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    • Thank you so much Sandy!! I am so honored that you felt my blog worthy of this nomination… and very grateful ~ Much Love to you always, RL

      August 29, 2012 at 9:04 AM

  146. Wow, Robyn, I am lost with words, I do hope I will never ever complain about any small thing! You are a lesson to learn for all of us,I have no words, but it touched me deeply.Life has so many ways… Sounds common, but I do wish you all the best that can be out there for you.

    August 29, 2012 at 2:07 AM

    • So do appreciate that Sliving! Yes ~ find joy in all the small things (that are really BIG things)… I am still maintaining hope… on my way to medical tests today actually, now 1.5 years since my last surgeries. Thank you so much for visiting and your thoughtful wishes. Best to you always as well ~ Much Love, Robyn

      August 29, 2012 at 9:06 AM

  147. it is good to know about YOU, I ma glade i found such a wonderful, elegant and inspiring blog. it s just your attitude to what u suffer is inspiring,, allow me to follow ur posts,, as a physician; i appreciate you story so much,, take care and keep going..

    August 30, 2012 at 9:18 AM

    • Thank you so very much elamany. It’s lovely to know you too, and I just spent some time exploring some of your poetry which was wonderful. I so appreciate your warm thoughts and kind words…. Your encouragement means a lot ~ Love and Wellness always, Robyn Lee

      August 30, 2012 at 10:44 AM

      • love you Robyn,,,, you are the great… thank YOU

        August 30, 2012 at 4:28 PM

  148. Total respect, Robyn. Stunning photos and incandescent poetry. An inspiration. I’m glad I followed a link to this web site, and I hope to return often.

    August 31, 2012 at 8:09 AM

    • Thank you so much Paul. I so appreciate your thoughtfulness and touching comment. Yes – I am glad you found your way here too… Welcome and Loving wishes your way ~ Robyn

      August 31, 2012 at 12:41 PM

  149. you are so right that people who have not experienced chronic pain can’t understand the depth of mental exhaustion that comes with it. it is such a blessing you have found a way to give yourself some escape time. where are you with the counseling? your understanding and experience would be a gift to others and to yourself. private practice or even web therapy offer an option many of us did not have. not to say your photography is not important, it obviously brings much joy to you as well as others.

    i wish you peace of heart, mind and body.

    September 8, 2012 at 3:28 AM

  150. Nineteenfifteen

    All my love and kindest regards,
    Please don’t stop writing Robyn.

    -Wa’el Esmair

    September 10, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    • Thank you so much Wa’el Esmair! You are so wonderful to comment, and really appreciate your encouragement dear one. I do think the writing is a wonderful thing for me — so will get back to posting asap ~ Much Love~ Robyn

      September 10, 2012 at 10:52 PM

  151. rynnasaryonnah

    Hi Robyn! Just wanted to let you know that you’ve been nominated the “One Lovely Blog Award.” =D Congrats!

    September 15, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    • Oh thank you so much rynnasaryo – that is such a lovely honor. I am so grateful and flattered. Congrats to you as well 🙂 xo

      September 15, 2012 at 6:35 PM

  152. Robyn, I do not have words that seem to be sufficient to tell you what an inspiration you are through all your pain and suffering. We will never know why we are given the hand we are, perhaps to do just what you are doing, inspiring us all. Blessings to you and your family Robyn. 🙂

    September 16, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    • LuAnn – thank you so much for your kind and thoughtful comment. Really means the world to me. I agree with you – we never will understand why “bad things can happen to good people” – but I will trust that there is a larger reason:) I am just so grateful to know such caring souls along my journey – Thank you dear friend ~ xo Blessings and Love!

      September 16, 2012 at 12:37 PM

  153. drsuraiyanasim

    Oh dear Robyn…i held my breath at so many points reading this and frankly i am nearly speechless.
    I had never come across this post of yours but now i am glad i did. You are such a brave and courageous woman….a wonderful inspiration to many.
    Photography comes natural to you and when i saw your clicks i was sure you were a professional with an extensive training in this field. But just wonderfully amazed that it was an accidental hobby! I believe the most beautiful of art-work arises from pain….and you are proof to that.
    But i pray that your chronic pain disappears like a miracle and one day you wake up as if birthed anew into a pain-free dawn. You will always be in my prayers. Your spirit is of steel….and i will share a quote with you that i love a lot, “God gives the toughest battles to His strongest soldiers”.

    I connected to your poem Savasanna….because of pain….but my pain has been of a different kind..it’s the pain and misery of the heart. And indeed, in my case….shattered dreams became the inspiration to start my blog of poems. I don’t know if i will ever have the courage to write my story.
    But i am so inspired and encouraged by your strength and determination. You are a braveheart and i salute you!

    September 25, 2012 at 7:12 AM

    • Oh Suraiya ~ thank you dear friend – such a thoughtful and beautiful comment I wake to this morning. I agree– from pain, can come art and beauty… I have experienced this. I think it is the incredible charge of emotion that is fueled by the pain — somehow transforms – somehow gets channelled into something almost otherworldly — when directed into art-form. I can see by reading your blog for a while last night that your writing is also a great example of this. I so feel for your pain of the heart dear one… I know this pain as well… and like the physical pain – it weighs very heavily on the soul. I am so happy for you to have discovered the blogging as a way to process and heal… it is truly a blessing. Your writing is clearly stunning to read because of all the emotion and passion you have in your spirit. Thank you so much for sharing … I feel blessed to know you… xxoo Robyn

      September 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM

  154. jazminnicole

    Robyn I wanted to thank you for visiting my site. I really appreciate it!
    Hope to see you visiting again soon! 🙂
    You have an amazing site!

    September 25, 2012 at 8:20 AM

    • Very welcome Jazmin – enjoyed your music lots ~ keep singing 🙂 xo

      September 25, 2012 at 10:25 PM

  155. Robyn,
    I see I am not alone, being touched by your strength. What an amazing vessel you are, bringing inspriration to many. Your attitude and story is one I needed to hear. God bless you and I look forward to following you. As you see, I have just discovered you but I have a feeling, I am going to set a spell and be here for a while.
    Thank youf for sharing.

    September 29, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    • Thank you so much coastalmom. Yours is a very touching comment and I so appreciate. Others have said what you have – that somehow I am a vessel – or yesterday was called ‘a channel’ — I am not certain — but I am blessed to have found this portal of healing here at WordPress where I can express myself creatively, and connect with other lovely souls, as you obviously are. So very thrilled to have you here… I do hope you enjoy my humble home here ~ Sending Love and Light ~ Robyn

      September 29, 2012 at 11:57 PM

  156. I just happened upon your blog. This is very strange for me. I’ve been dealing with chronic pain, in particular spine pain for over seven years now. I’ve opted out of surgery for many reasons. So good to have found you. I’ll be following.

    September 29, 2012 at 4:06 PM

    • So appreciate your thoughtful comment bravesmarbold. I can empathize and relate to your plight. I have had been chasing pain for 19 years now…and spine was one of my first diagnoses… though I think I underwent a gigantic spine fusion operation in vain — as my issues persisted. Now 11 surgeries later I’m finding out I congenital hip condition (dysplasia). I think it is wise of you avoid any surgical intervention unless you are absolutely it will address the root cause. The body is very tricky. In any case – here I play and connect with wonderful people like you… ask so glad you will visit again ~ always welcome — Nice to find you! ~ Robyn

      September 29, 2012 at 11:52 PM

  157. such creativity, positivity and pics. bests :)))

    October 3, 2012 at 3:26 AM

    • Neeral thank you so much for your lovely words… Sending good thoughts your way! ~ RL

      October 3, 2012 at 11:18 AM

  158. Chronic pain is nearly indescribable with verbal vocabulary. “Beastly” captures it nicely. Nonverbal we should do more of: waving arms, stamping feet, and shouting nonsense words. (Me, too, chronic pain experience, which has subsided.)

    My first three rules for Life were thrown out the window when my own life collapsed in horrifying pain (at 40): 1. Distraction. 2. Distraction. 3. Distraction.

    I have different challenges now (near-dead in February) and I thank you for sharing openly your own realities. You have suggested another avenue to pursue–nature photography–and having been a back-to-nature, gung-ho outdoors, self-propelled athlete-girl, Oh boy!, that’s a great suggestion!

    May blogging give you lightness and light moments, plus the essential net of community–it has done so for me over these past 8 months.

    Very best to you, kind stranger–Laurel

    October 4, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    • Laurel, thank you so much for your very thoughtful and empathic comment today. Yes — Distraction does not work well… Severe pain like this is a monster that takes up the entire room/world/body/mind. Those who say distract have a different level of pain.
      I am keeping you in my heart/prayer that whatever you are currently facing resolves. Yes – if you can get out into nature, it has been my best strategy. Currently I’m in state of decline and have not been able to get out much at all. New findings about my hip condition that may lead to more major surgery unfortunately. I agree with you – the blogging has been a blessing — Much Love, Peace and Wellness always dear friend ~ Robyn

      October 4, 2012 at 12:13 PM

      • Those are scary words: “state of decline” and you carry that horrifying knowledge. I ache for you.

        I hope you have a window by which to sit/lie/stand and watch the outdoors. I did that for the first few months out of hospital, and since the season was changing to spring, the sun was low enough in the sky to come in through that window. Sometimes that’s all there is.

        I’m pretty sure that the repeat offenders (“Oh, just forget about it and enjoy the beautiful day! tra-la!”) should get an elbow in the gut and feel what it’s like to gasp in pain. Then perhaps they’ll say nothing stupid. (Oh dear, I’ve become bloodthirsty! I used to be so peaceful. Ah, well, it’s only fantastical thinking….)

        Blog away! Cry, scream, rage.

        A friend sent this link to me not too long ago. May it give you a sigh of recognition of the bounty of outdoors: http://wp.me/p10wbA-1ig. (But don’t bother if you just don’t feel like it!)

        Best….

        October 4, 2012 at 12:27 PM

  159. Thank you for stopping by my blog! Your story is heartbreaking, and yet I love the ribbons of hope in your nature walks and photographs. Chronic pain is no small thing, but I have lately been learning ways to work with it instead of fighting it, and while I do not think I’ll get my old life back, I am starting, finally, to feel that my new life is worth living. Pain and all.

    October 6, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    • Thank you so much chiquitar~ so do appreciate your very kind and loving words. Means a lot to me. I do hope for you that this trend of peaceful acceptance can expand and be healing for you…. I’m continually trying, though my condition is progressing, and as much as I did not want to turn to medical intervention, I may have to just to preserve function. Unrelenting pain is no small thing – I so agree. Your blog was lovely and inspiring… much enjoyed and will return ~ Blessings and Love ~RL

      October 7, 2012 at 12:04 PM

  160. fluxnews

    good blog, honey

    October 10, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    • Thank you kindly fluxnews!

      October 11, 2012 at 12:13 AM

      • fluxnews

        😉

        October 12, 2012 at 10:50 AM

  161. Thank You RL for being so perceptive ! and insightful ………
    i didn’t see it til u did …the neck …… it’s probably from so much singing ?
    huge love xoxoxoxox
    C

    October 12, 2012 at 3:04 PM

    • Oh was just projecting my own precautions.. You look really perfect in form…But always want you to be careful! Beautiful Cat💝

      October 12, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      • Cat Forsley

        No it’s true my sweet
        my neck is the weakest …….
        that’s where i feel stress when i do …..
        thank You for seeing it 🙂 it’s a good precaution for me as well – love The heart !!!!!! how do you make such lovely things 🙂 xxx
        Have a gorgeous weekend xx
        huge love your way xxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
        C

        October 12, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      • Robyn Lee

        Wow… ok – then so glad I mentioned… really important to keep chin tucked in a bit and neck long — oh the heart is on my i phone emos and works ~ but can’t get it on laptop! Sending huge hug ~ xo R 🙂

        October 13, 2012 at 12:40 AM

  162. Wow… that was some article. I don’t really know you, but I’m proud of you for what you have come through. Love the photos, I will probably pin one or two of them to my Pinterest, with full recognition to you of course. nice work.

    October 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    • Andy thank you so much for this lovely comment today. I am very happy you enjoyed your visit here at my “healing lens” – always welcome – and very flattered you would pin some of my photos… Warm wishes and Love your way today ~ Robyn

      October 15, 2012 at 12:23 PM

  163. Dear Robyn, you have such an incredible spirit. Such overwhelming sense of bubbly joy in you that can overcome anything,that will conquer all. Thank you for sharing. It’s an amazing fact reflecting over but truth is, it seems to me you have been alive in your counselling dream in such unconventional and overwhelmingly great magnitude. Your story brings much real healing, hope and strength to many…you will never know!!! Thank you again. You know you are in our prayers and that you will do just fine, all the way. Shine on dear friend!

    October 15, 2012 at 1:54 AM

    • Oh thank you so much Blazing Trail… your comment really touched my heart.. especially the part about my counseling dream. I think you are correct – as I’ve found so many deep connections here in the blogsphere that I feel I have been able to counsel in my own way … which brings me so much joy, it is difficult to describe. It is truly what I planned to do with the rest of my life once my children were older. My Masters work is near complete – and who knows if one day I may have a chance to practice… but in the meantime I will do my best here to support and guide – and will remain grateful to friends like you who make this such a wonderful experience. Thank you with all my heart ~ Robyn

      October 15, 2012 at 10:15 PM

      • The Blazing Trail

        You are most welcome Robyn. Im watching this space…something about it!!! Best Regards.

        October 16, 2012 at 2:20 AM

  164. Andera

    I like your blog so much! Your photos are very beautiful 🙂 From now on I follow you.

    October 16, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    • Robyn Lee

      Thank you so much Andrea – the is so lovely to know ~ keep enjoying and much appreciate your visiting!! R

      October 16, 2012 at 4:58 PM

  165. Robyn, thinking of you today and praying that your medical procedure brings you the sweet relief from pain that you so richly deserve.

    October 23, 2012 at 6:08 PM

  166. Hi Robyn, just thought I’d see how you were getting on with everything. I’ve been a bit absent recently due to an increase in pain and limitations so haven’t been in the frame of mind to blog. I hope you have got some relief of late.x

    October 25, 2012 at 9:27 AM

  167. Pawan Hira

    In my short-life, I have known my mother as a brave person. She has suffered a lot in her life, and yet she survives with love. You are another one, I know now. You are a brave woman, and I would like to salute you, time and again. You are a brave soul, no doubt I have. You have lived through such moments, and that is why you reflect positive vibes through your posts. You have stated this correctly: “Those who have not lived this cannot truly understand.” We cannot measure your hardships, Robyn.

    You have created yourself from bits and pieces of life. You are an avid child of nature, and you are healing yourself. You are healing yourself, and your reflection of love can be seen in the photos and words you share. You have an amazing persona, and you radiate light of inspiration.

    You have gone through a lot, but you are an optimist and lover of life.

    Keep your journey on,
    with healing lens to seize
    life moments of simple love.

    Brave — you.

    Thank you, Robyn.
    Much much love and blessings.
    You are a beautiful soul. 🙂
    Keep sharing your life through healing lens — Now I understand the meaning of “through the healing lens.” 🙂

    November 12, 2012 at 5:12 PM

  168. I am new to blogging and I too suffer from chronic pain. I so appreciate your honesty and your pictures are beautiful! Looking forward to seeing more of your creative eyes “through the healing lens.”

    November 15, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    • Thank you so much notesformgnat ~ and welcome welcome welcome. I am thrilled you found some comfort here and send you love and blessings today and always! Robyn Lee

      November 16, 2012 at 1:24 PM

  169. You, your words, your story… Beautiful There is much I have to learn fro you. Thank for sharing 🙂

    November 27, 2012 at 1:06 PM

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  171. Stormy thank you so much for your very lovely words today… and also for honoring me on your blog with such a kind-hearted tribute. Very touched. Welcome here ~ and may your loook through my healing lens bring you comfort and some joy as well! Love and Blessings ~ Robyn Lee

    November 27, 2012 at 2:09 PM

  172. Dear Robyn you are truly an inspiration. I related to much of your story having osteo-arthritis and the pain that goes along with it. Yes pain is so debilitating it’s hard to focus sometimes on anything, but you have found your new path, that not only brings relief to yourself, but to others as well. Blessings Tovah

    December 1, 2012 at 3:08 AM

    • Thank you so much for your kind words Tovah. Yes – having experienced chronic pain yourself, it is obvious you have a keen sensitivity about how life can be altered. I am still trying to find my way ~ and also navigate some medical issues that continue to plague me… but try to find the beauty and the joy in all the small things. So many lovely wonderful friends I’ve made here too ~ very grateful! Welcome and wishing you blessings and Love ~ RL

      December 1, 2012 at 11:51 PM

      • Dear Robyn,thank you. I look forward to reading more and seeing many more of your beautiful pics. Blessings-Tovah

        December 2, 2012 at 1:22 AM

  173. I don’t know what to say, but clicking the like button wouldn’t be enough. I wish there was a compassion button.

    December 1, 2012 at 5:27 PM

    • Thanks so much Marinicity ~ so appreciate your compassion and good wishes ~ blessings and Love to you – Robyn

      December 2, 2012 at 12:05 AM

  174. An amazing story and wonderful to see how the art arose from this. I had a small experience of severe pain; abdominal surgery, two operations. Fortunately, it lasted 6 months only. During this time I discovered the Buddhist Noble Truth of Suffering. It’s a deep acceptance that causes the ‘holding’ to ease off – and all kinds of habitual ‘holding’ that had bothered me for years just fell away…. If this seems like it’s interesting, come visit my blog. Keep on posting, it’s an inspiration for all of us

    December 8, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    • Tiramit ~ thank you so much for your thoughtul words…and welcome to my “healing lens” 🙂 I am so happy to hear of your journey and discovery of your spiritual path in light of adversity. I do agree that ‘letting go’ is a key to so much healing. Sending love and light and will certainly visit you again soon as well! ~ Robyn

      December 9, 2012 at 11:36 AM

  175. 1EarthUnited

    Hi Robyn, sorry to hear about your challenging health problems. This might sound… out there, but have you looked into your Akashic Records? This can’t be a coincidence because I’ve run into numerous people with debilitating illness and cured themselves with this understanding. If you have the time, watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVz4_RYMakY
    What are the Akashic Records? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RX3NsGOklAA
    I’ll be doing a post soon on this topic, so stay tuned. Be well and enjoy your life, and thanks for sharing your story!

    December 9, 2012 at 3:07 AM

    • Thank you kindly 1EarthUnited ~
      I watched the first clip and will also look at the second. Although I have done a great deal of work with regard to energy healing ~ studied collective consciousness, and practiced the work of Abrahm Hicks for a long period, I ham not famiiar with the Akashic Records per se. Always open and receptive to learn more… and appreciate your loving thoughts and intention. Love and Joy to you ~ RL

      December 9, 2012 at 11:45 AM

  176. You are amazing and inspiring and I applaud your soul wrenching determination for survival. It’s interesting that your story feels as though it’s been told by two different people. The first half is like recalling what happened to someone else and the second part with you walking and photographing places around feels like your authentic self. and please, I mean no offence by suggesting that your story is anything but authentic… it just sounds like you’ve found yourself, and that sister, is truly moving! I’m glad I stumbled upon your site!

    December 15, 2012 at 11:07 PM

    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment bentpeople… Means a lot – and I just spent some time on your blog as well which is a wonderful place. I do see what you mean about the division ~ though must say as for “finding myself” it has been a long process… the woods helped me really get in touch with and accept (rather than vehemently resist) the predicament I find myself in.. but I continue to evolve and find out more and more things about “me” each day. Still hope and pray one day the pain will resolve ~ and then for sure I will be FOUND!! 🙂 ~ In the meantime…I saw you have a passion for yoga — I have always loved this practice too… Still do lots of the standing poses (warrior I II III, Bow, Triangle etc.) ~ and being “hypermobile” in my joints… yoga has come natural to me… and feels great, but must be very cautious now with so much instability in the structures. The breath work is incredibly helpful… Will be keeping an eye on your site too and welcome here always ~ Robyn

      December 15, 2012 at 11:49 PM

      • thank you for coming by my site lovely lady… and I’m thrilled you’re practicing yoga and if you don’t mind I have a small suggestion for your practice. Work on strength building only! Are you applying internal locks with your breath work?… mula bandha and uddiyana bandha. With your poses contract muscles rather than lengthen. Balance on your hands in half hand stands… I am happy to offer any further assistance…

        December 16, 2012 at 12:17 AM

      • Hi again Adriana ~ thanks so much. Yes – I am a fan of the “locks”… it’s very much a part of my emphasis in all movement actually. I have an unstable pelvis (and shoulders too) — so core stability is always a focus for me… I was doing the bandhas before I really knew what they were — just by instinct. I am going to focus deeper now that you have mentioned though… maybe a sign. And yes – lengthening is not always good for me — especially since ligaments can overstretch… I will be following you and your work for sure — and hopefully will get to pick your brain some more too ~ much appreciate dear one ~ Robyn

        December 16, 2012 at 11:27 PM

  177. Wow Robyn. Thank you for sharing your experience. I appreciate the respect and reverence you have for this “one body and one lifetime we have” and I couldn’t agree with you more. I commend you for your commitment to walk and your beautiful photography. Glad we can connect!

    December 17, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    • Oh Arash – thank you for your visit. I so appreciate and am also so glad to know you. Although our stories are quite different ~ and my challenges have been slow and gradual and progressive- while yours incredibly rapid and sudden – i believe we both share this reverence for precious life and physical wellness. I am now one year since beginning this blog, and my struggle continues, but I find inspiration and courage in meeting people like you who teach so much by your own example. Please keep the warrior spirit my friend ~ it will serve you. Healing Thoughts and Strength your way ~ Robyn

      December 17, 2012 at 4:21 PM

  178. Sister, I am of service to you whenever you need some yogi guidance. I have a wealth of study behind me but what really guides my teaching is intuition, which is the ‘safe’ way of saying I work with spirits guidance. As I was driving home tonight you came to mind and I thought about the intensity of your enduring pain and likening it to a woman in labour birthing her beloved child. Maybe this is your rebirthing sister… when you’re doing your breath work next, place your hand/s on your heart and connect with your life-force. Or find some music that has the heart beat pulsing. Breath yourself open. Just a thought…. Om shanti

    December 17, 2012 at 4:37 AM

    • So do appreciate this Adriana. It is wonderful to know I can come to you if I stumble on some yoga principles…. especially appreciating that you are intuitive as well as skilled. The “locks” are really important I believe – likely for everyone – but especially for someone like myself who is unstable in the skeletal joint system. I hoe you are right … and the rebirthing is in progress…. very touched to know you ~ much love from my heart — R

      December 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM

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  180. I have nominated you for the 2012 Blogger of the Year. Thank you for being such an inspiration! You can read the post here: http://thoughtsfromanamericanwoman.wordpress.com/2012/12/18/blog-of-the-year-2012/

    December 18, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    • Oh Patty~ thank you soooo very much. This is a great honor. I so appreciate you! xo RL

      December 19, 2012 at 12:10 AM

  181. Kerry

    WOW ! You are amazing and an inspiration to all of us with chronic pain. Keep your head up and keep up the good fight.

    December 24, 2012 at 10:30 AM

    • So much Thanks Kerry ~ I will give my all — and sending you warmest wishes and love ~ Robyn

      December 24, 2012 at 1:58 PM

  182. you are so beautiful, Robyn, thanks for reading my blog and commenting-it means a lot…beebee

    December 27, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    • So do appreciate bee bee ~ always a pleasure to connect and share. Hoping your 2013 is filled with good things ~ love, peace, health and joy — much love ~ RL

      December 29, 2012 at 9:58 PM

  183. I found so much beauty, inspiration and peace on your blog. You honour us with your presence.
    May God give you peace, happy days without pain and lots of energy to share more of this fantastic beauty.
    Sincerely,
    Ela.

    December 28, 2012 at 11:59 PM

    • Ela thank you do dearly for this lovely comment today. I am delighted you enjoyed the work I’ve shared… and am ever so grateful for your warm thoughts and prayers for my wellbeing ~ Blessings and love to you always dear one ~ RL

      December 29, 2012 at 9:56 PM

  184. dear robyn, you have a beautiful soul and it shines in your words. we share a similar journey of debilitating chronic pain, surgeries and body parts that stretched too far before we knew we shouldn’t. strange how life is sometimes… i am older and now i pray, a little wiser. in this i’ve learned one thing… no thing stays the same. i hold onto this as my rock, i know every second may hold a miracle, a moment of clarity, a breath of freedom from this pain. may you find all you seek, dear one, and then discover the surprise of more besides. you are a miracle. and so am i. Namaste, sweet soul.

    December 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    • Dear Linda ~ thank you sooooo much for your incredibly thoughtful note. I am always so touched to meet a kindred spirit like you here in this land of the blogsphere. It does sound like we have traveled a similar path…and I am looking forward to exploring your beautiful blog (only had a few moments to peek today) to learn more. I did notice your stunning artwork, and writing that is no less than awe-inspiring. I have to agree with you that life is always evolving and no thing stays the same ~ and thus to be able to flow and go with that flow is probably key for those of us facing such challenge. Looking for the miracles — and knowing they are there is a comfort and joy in and of itself that eases the pain if we allow it to and can be receptive. It is an honor to know you linda ~ Namaste to you my friend ~ With Love ~ Robyn Lee

      December 29, 2012 at 9:54 PM

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  186. Robyn, again, I am reading your “about me” and I am so moved, moved to tears. What a love and light you are. What gentleness and goodness and beauty flows through you…and into the world because of your blog and pictures and poetry. I am putting together a workshop right for folks at Georgetown University where I work on “Gratitude.” Your life came to mind. I wanted to share some of your posts with folks…to illustrate how happiness is a choice…a decision we make….and to show how we can have anything happen TO us and we can decide how to be with it and experience it. May I direct people to your site and share some of your posts with people?? Love to you, Lisa

    January 4, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    • wow, just felt like jumping in here and saying… this is the power of this medium that is so intensely beautiful! Lisa you’re awesome!

      January 4, 2013 at 8:02 PM

      • I so agree ~ amazing magical medium, and … Lisa = awesome!!

        January 4, 2013 at 10:36 PM

    • Lisa ~ you are so very very thoughtful and I can only imagine what a wonderful therapist and teacher you must be. Certainly I would be honored and delighted for you to use my blog however you see fit in this wonderful workshop you are giving at Georgetown University. “Gratitude” – such a big topic indeed. I am continually working on living naturally with this as my “default” mode — there is always something we can find to be grateful for – I really believe that, though some days, admittedly, easier than others for me. I do believe it is always my choice to find a way to embrace what is wonderful and beautiful – no matter what I’m up against physically or emotionally. Sometimes, as you say, I need to soften – on the resistance side of the fence, but usually I can breathe myself to the other side – and find all the reasons to smile again….and it’s amazing how it does not take very much to get over that hump once I’ve decided to! 😉 So of course — please let me know if you use any of the material here… there are posts where I do face the pain — and then many where i escape it. Feel free to explore and let me know if I can assist in any way. Much Love – and Gratitude to you dear friend ~ Robyn

      January 4, 2013 at 10:33 PM

  187. Dear Robyn,
    Your plight touched my heart. I really feel for you yet love the fact that you have the courage to smile. Take great care of yourself; I shall keep you in my prayers.
    God bless

    January 6, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    • Thanks so much Konstantine. I know you understand and have your own special appreciation and gratitude, given your what you too have experienced. Every moment a gift ~ Much Love ~ RL

      January 6, 2013 at 10:46 AM

  188. Robyn, Having lived with chronic illness most of my life and encountered chronic pain in the past several years, I can empathize with the trail you travel. From this introduction and the one soulful and uplifting poem I read before learning your story, I can only stand overjoyed that you can continue find the precious joy in life and the beauty in the world around us. The only reason I’m not flabbergasted by the light that radiates from your soul given the struggles you’ve faced is the kindred spirits I’ve met struggling with chronic illness or pain who also choose the light including me. But I must say your story is particularly striking and resonates strongly within me. You are truly a gift I received today. Thank you for your beauty, strength and grace. -Pamela-

    January 7, 2013 at 2:07 PM

    • Pamela thank you so much. Now I truly feel like I know you because I just finished reading thoroughly, each and every blog post on your site! I did not intend to get so involved, and found myself intrigued with your incredible warm heart and witty writing talent — and very much interested in the challenges of living with Widespread dystonia. Honestly can say you made it all so digestible and even pleasant. I bow to you really — as you have embraced life – and maintained your beauty and light despite this awful plight. I just realized you said something similarly to me in your comment — so yes – kindred spirits indeed. I’ve used my blog to escape some of the “ick” and venture out into creative realms — but I also keep a section called “Pain Shadow Series” and on occasion speak about the emotional issues of living with severe chronic pain and disability. My history is never ending and it seems they find new issues with me all the time (this year was told I have a form of hip dysplasia – uncovered femoral heads – causing instability in my pelvis and hip joints… ) so I have not found a way to get very specific about sharing all the technical details here except when asked in comments. Like you I am a self-taught specialist – in many fields of medicine. And like you – cancer was a breeze as compared to the 20 years of pain and dysfunction that I’ve faced. In any case ~ very happy to know you and will be following your blog (with pleasure). Keep smiling always ~ Robyn

      January 7, 2013 at 10:21 PM

      • Robyn,
        We are indeed kindred spirits, I felt it immediately from your beautiful, flowing words. I can only aspire to such expression! I must bow to your positive spirit in the face of 20 long years of what surely must seem like craziness at times. Finding beauty in the world around us is a gift and a joy, I’m glad we share that pleasure. Living in the heart of Manhattan, I will truly treasure the moments spent on your lovely nature trail. Thank you for caring enough to read my blog, I can’t tell you how much that means to me. Each email delivering a new “Like” from you was a shout of laughter. I can only end with plagiarism! Keep smiling always – Pam

        January 8, 2013 at 12:05 PM

      • Thank you Pam ~ you are so kind. Ok – so now just finished listening to entire pod-cast interview… all I can say is WOW! You are incredible in every way. So interesting and informative – and on many levels could identify – and yet… the issue of living with ‘visible’ disability struck me in the heart – as I am always moaning about the curse of mine being nearly ‘invisible’ — Made me really think deeply. I suppose we both ‘loose’ 😦 Something we can discuss maybe one day — but for me it’s – “Oh but you look fine …. you can’t be in that much agony…. or just think positive and you can make the pain go away” … even my loved one’s have a hard time understanding because they don’t ‘see’ the joints dislocating and all the tendon and ligament disease etc. Well … one day I will need to get you to over on here a Jitney for a beach visit (Hamptons) or nature walk! Or – when I’m in NYC for one of my medical visits will find you to give you a flower or some chocolate )– you are truly a sparkling soul on my journey. Just did the twitter thing (retweet of your interview, and tweet of a blog post introducing you) … and wish for you tons of laughter, health and love ~ Yes – let’s keep smiling 🙂 ~ Robyn

        January 8, 2013 at 4:46 PM

  189. Hope is the thing with feathers
    That perches in the soul
    And sings the tune without the words
    And never stops at all.”
    ― Emily Dickinson

    Most things are not quite what they seems to be. We can live our lives in a fumbling embrace for what is valuable. And it is essential to understand what is important and valuable though it may be difficult and elusive. Sometimes we get stuck, at times in conflict to the understanding, or now and then just in the relief and joy of understanding what has value, but frequently in the habitual continuity of; as the time goes by.

    All living and divine puts imprint on the world, traces that we can imagine and see. There are so many astonishing powers and phenomenon around us, which seems as they were invisible, but they affect us, almost imperceptibly, in the corner of our consciousness. We may be in the midst of what we see and feel, including landscapes, people and scenes of various kinds, as we have seen many times before, but that seems different, affected by the atmosphere, nuances and various depths and meanings. Every now and then it may seem as if our thoughts and feelings comes out into the landscape or in the room where we are, affecting the very shape of the world around us. Nonetheless, these imprints and traces are the magic of the living, a supremacy from beyond, the consistence of holiness, or maybe the pieces of God.

    We humans have the sovereign ability to use tools and methods to develop and evolve. So to see what we imagine, to understand what we see and to discover what is beyond it. We can go through our tools and what we create with them. Then let what comes out of our interaction with the world, heal us, prepare us, make us whole, and rejoice fervidly. The meaning of our lives is to experience in the meeting with ourselves, with each other and with the divine.

    All this is anyhow what I believe in, and I also have a very strong feeling that your photography has got you onto a very important track. So the least I can do is to stop by and just drop down my reflections in comment and wish you all the good luck in this world. Heal and be as astonishing as you are able to be!

    Take Care of Yourself!

    January 7, 2013 at 6:18 PM

  190. Thank you so much for your very thoughtful comment. I do love that quotation from Emily ~ can imagine hope having beautiful feathers too 🙂 Have to agree with most all of your point of view here ~ and feel blessed to be in an area that offers me such magnificent nature and gifts of divine love — can certainly feel the energy and know that even if my life is not how I would have planned or expected it to be — it’s what it is and I’m healing in unseen ways just through my connection to this deeper realm of being. I agree- there are tools offered us here on earth – and if we can recognize and embrace them — anything is possible! You are very kind to visit and share your reflections with me. So do appreciate your loving wishes as well ~ Joy to you always ~ Love, Robyn

    January 8, 2013 at 9:41 PM

  191. 😉

    January 10, 2013 at 7:47 AM

  192. Best wishes for you Robyn, keep taking photos.
    Cheers
    Phil

    January 10, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    • Thank you so much Phil ~ and cheers to you as well! The pictures … yes indeed! Sending good wishes ~ RL

      January 10, 2013 at 5:16 PM

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  194. So glad you happened upon photography. You’re so good at it! And your poetry as well. You’ve had to deal with major physical challenges — an extraordinarily difficult path to say the least. Sending you healing energy and wishes that your body will somehow keep up with your beautiful spirit.

    January 13, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    • That is so beautiful eileen ~ thank you with all my heart. Yes — if my body could learn to do that it would be a dream ~ Blessing and Love to you dear soul ~ RL

      January 13, 2013 at 8:05 PM

  195. Wow… that’s truly an incredible and inspiring story… may it be that 2013 brings you comfort, peace and prosperity to you and your family…

    January 13, 2013 at 10:56 PM

  196. stefan

    I reached your site yesterday and felt compassion at heart.
    I searched for words of comfort to give, but found only emptiness.
    Today morning out of the blue,
    the following words arose for you:

    “With a smile on my face
    with pain in my body
    I wonder
    what a glorious life
    this would be
    if I knew how to
    transform, pain into bliss”

    Namaste,
    stefan

    January 16, 2013 at 2:42 AM

    • Stefan, thank you so very very much for your sensitive and beautiful words this morning. It would be a glorious life indeed for one who possesses the kind of power of which you speak. In many ways I have experienced this, but unfortunately the physical pain is much harder to transform than other sorts. Bless you always for your generous heart and kindness. Love and Light my friend ~ Namaste – Robyn

      January 16, 2013 at 1:50 PM

      • stefan

        Dear Robyn, after two herniated discs (1999 L5/S1 + 2006 L4/L5) I am still not completely recovered and try to heal it. So I know that the physical pain is hard to cure. Also it get’s better, due to body/mental/spiritual work, but it looks like it needs a 100.000 steps.
        If I lay down in bed, I can get quite comfortable, but when standing up I feel tense muscles in the lumbar and hip area which are not able to relax as they are afraid, that the pain would increase. From what I studied, realized and expierenced so far, I belive in spirit -> mind -> body order. That my body just reflects disharmony on a higher level. For me, my egoic-mind with it’s beliefs/judgment/etc. is the troublemaker. It doesn’t want to retire and hand over control to my HIGHER SELF. It feels like I have a “Baschar al Assad” inside me.

        That’s why I try to focus currently to liberate my SELF, to go beyond the mind:
        e.g. http://hilgemeier.gmxhome.de/shrine/VBTbiling.htm german/english: One of the most ancient texts and meditation manuals is Shiva’s 5000-year-old Vigyan Bhairav Tantra, which is concerned with how to go beyond the mind, to attain glimpses of the consciousness which exists apart from the mind. It is here that one should not be identified with the mind, and this is the fallacy of the West; that we are our minds.
        Osho’s full comentary on all 112 techniques:
        http://www.wisebeing.com/media/osho/ebooks/osho_ebooks/3-osho%20tantra%20books/Vigyan_Bhairav_Tantra_Volume_1.pdf
        http://www.wisebeing.com/media/osho/ebooks/osho_ebooks/3-osho%20tantra%20books/Vigyan_Bhairav_Tantra_Volume_2.pdf

        After all this many years, I still belief in: that one day I will be healthy again, with this many work on all this levels, it will even be 1000-times better then it was before !
        I wish you the same 🙂

        Love & Light, stefan

        January 17, 2013 at 6:32 AM

      • Stefan, thank you so much for your very thoughtful comment. I can see you understand a great deal about the inner work and also the physical pain. Sometimes I wonder if some of us encounter injury and illness in order to discover these other teachings and methods that help us manage and cope and also evolve. I appreciate your sharing these links. Have not had the time to study them yet – but hope to soon. I wish you continued healing and only life’s blessings always ~ Robyn

        January 19, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      • stefan

        Dear Robyn,
        The bottom line of ALL of it seems to me, is the yearning to get to know my true SELF and live my life from that BEingness.
        “Found” some wonderful thing again which resonates deeply:
        Gangaji – Unraveling the Knot of Suffering http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QPbYyhdwaBE

        Love & Light,
        Stefan

        January 20, 2013 at 9:49 AM

  197. e

    The act of creation is healing in nature, it’s wonderful you have discovered this bit of solace.
    I feel you, as it is writing that brings ME peace, something that I discovered in fire…

    smiles
    e

    January 16, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    • Thank you so much e…. and welcome. I agree ~ creativity is very much aligned with being alive in the world. I accept this gift with grace, and appreciate. It is also true that sometimes it takes “fire” in one’s life to bring him/her to discover their creative spark.
      Blessings and Love to you ~ RL

      January 17, 2013 at 11:00 PM

  198. I hope you get better soon….I’ll pray for you and I admire your perseverance. Not many people would have such a positive outlook =) Thats bound to help you get better soon. InshAllah. I hope that you get a miracle. That one day you’ll get up and everything will be alright. That the doctors will be shocked and you’ll be ectastic. ❤

    January 17, 2013 at 2:29 AM

    • Thank you so much for your kind warm-hearted thoughts and prayers for me. I so appreciate ~ and will take you up on that miracle you have ordered. 🙂 That is my dream too – to wake up one day and just be better (or at least much improved). Sending you much love and blessings always ~ RL

      January 17, 2013 at 11:12 PM

      • I love you ❤

        January 18, 2013 at 12:47 AM

  199. Wishing you the very best of health.

    January 18, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    • So much thanks Bumba ~ appreciate wholeheartedly 🙂 x RL

      January 18, 2013 at 2:09 PM

  200. Dear Robyn,
    Just wanted you to know that I hope that everything goes well with you, especially your physical health. 🙂 A smile to create a smile on your face.
    God bless

    January 19, 2013 at 5:05 AM

    • Thank you so much. I truly appreciate ~ smiles are always welcomed! Wishing you also much health, peace and joy! ~ Blessings and Love, Robyn

      January 20, 2013 at 11:49 AM

  201. Robyn, you have been through so much and, yet, you kept finding ways to make lemonade. When I meet someone like you, I say to myself, “That is what is meant by ‘Triumph of the Human Spirit!” It gives me inspiration and feeds my faith. Thank you for the work you are doing. Thank you for spreading your Light & Love to so many others. Thank you for making a difference. Thank you for Being You. Namaste, Sloan

    January 19, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    • Oh Sloan ~ thank you so much for your thoughtful and loving comment today. It is certainly uplifting in its own right. It’s wonderful to meet you and I appreciate your warm presence here. Much Love Always, Robyn

      January 20, 2013 at 11:51 AM

  202. You are so very much more than your pain beautiful soul. What a courageous, strong and hopeful human you are. What you give us is what you have that allows you to see life for what she is. An amazing gift, even if these tents we temporarily live in are not perfect and for many like yourself, are actually perfectly intolerable. I just love you already. Your friend in this big beautiful event called Humanity. Sheri

    January 19, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    • Hi Sheri ~ and thank you so much for your warm and loving comment. I also say very often that “i am so much more than this physical body” ~ or “this body is just a shell for my soul” ~ Still I love my body and want it to cooperate so that I can participate in life more fully while I’m here on planet earth. It just seems to have a mind of its own, unfortunately. I won’t give up though … there is too much waiting for me. So very happy to have found you dearest friend ~ Much Love and Light, Robyn

      January 20, 2013 at 11:57 AM

  203. beautiful sister, every now and again I like to live backwards. What do I mean? I like to re-read a good book or I go through some of my old yoga journal magazines. It’s actually really cathartic for me to read stuff that blew my mind then and in actual fact still does now. I came across an article that I thought you might get something from it… or maybe you won’t and it’ll be binned. Nonetheless, I thought I’d send you the link…

    http://books.google.com.au/books?id=u-kDAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA103&lpg=PA103&dq=yoga+journal+october+2003+'fight+pain'&source=bl&ots=n9wU4ZOKiN&sig=qqanoXIHY2YgOgzzRi2CGa9STZ8&hl=en&sa=X&ei=cwr_UK3lNOromAWhrYCADQ&ved=0CDAQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=yoga%20journal%20october%202003%20'fight%20pain'&f=false

    This link takes you to the whole of that issue… but the specific article that I’m referring to is called ‘team up to fight Pain’…. so you’ll have to scroll down to find it… This is the issue I’ve been reading these past few mornings while having my breakfast. Take care my lovely friend… all my love, Adriana

    January 22, 2013 at 5:06 PM

  204. Oh thank you so much dear Adriana ~ you are too kind and thoughtful. I just browsed through the publication — lots of good material in there actually. Very interested in the article on adductors — I know they are an important part my puzzle. Tendonosis shows up in the MRI … and as the article says – it’s a huge stabilizing muscle for hip and spine. I have shallow sockets — very little bone covering the front of my femoral heads — so I need all the stability I can get there. I will read the article you pointed out too … not sure if the asanas they offer are specific enough for me to trust – but I can try. I am actually scheduled to visit a physical medicine expert in functional body movement training. He’s not a yoga practitioner per se but seems to incorporate lots of the wisdom into his training rehab program. I will be traveling to consult with him next week, and then if he thinks he can help will extend my stay. Certainly will keep you informed — and again ~ so much gratitude for your thoughtfulness — I am tempted to print this whole publication out ~ or can read on iPad too! Love to you ~ Robyn

    January 23, 2013 at 12:04 AM

    • keep your intuition switched on, it’s serving you well. I agree about the poses they present in the article. My interest in referring it to you was more focused on the ‘pain teams’ set up… and how brilliant it is that they work in unison. When trying to strengthen the body it’s about working with resistance and that can sometimes work best with props… like a wide rubber band or straps. You are well supported my friend… I’m only a click away, just as we all are! much love…

      January 23, 2013 at 12:56 AM

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  206. Kev

    I read this because I wanted to know more about you and your condition. Wow! I don’t know what to say to be honest. But with your optimism and with all you have gone though and are still going through, Bless You Robyn! Bless your husband, bless your girls and bless your life! I will never complain about any stupid little illness again after this. You have opened up my eyes even more than I could have imagined. My wife to be has Muscular Dystrophy and she handles that very well too. I feel so fortunate in this life. I feel that in your next life you will both want for nothing, due to all that you have had to suffer in this one and have yet remained so strong. Wow!

    February 3, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    • Oh Kev ~ thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment. You are clearly a very compassionate lovely person. Thank you for your blessing…. Yes – trying to remain hopeful and optimistic — see the good and continue making progress. Your wife… it is interesting that a few years back there was some suspicion that I might have a form of Muscular Dystrophy (FSH) … I had a finding on an EMG study that is often seen it this condition – but my genetics tests for it were negative, and as it turns out – the muscle was dissected during one of my surgeries – so clearly it must have been a surgical injury (effects my scapular)… Yes – I do wonder about what I’m being prepared for in this ‘next life’ you speak of !! 🙂 I send healing wishes and prayers out for her Love and Light to you dear friend ~ RL

      February 3, 2013 at 2:33 PM

  207. Danielle

    I’m so glad I read this page. You are such an inspirational and emotionally powerful woman. Just in your words you have given me a hint of your own strength to fight my own battles. I thank you for this, and can only offer you a sincere and warmest of gratitude from a different continent, a different hemisphere, a different time zone and country. Thank, thank, thank you! Always be strong, the warrior-like female that you truly are.

    Much love, strength and peace to you.

    February 4, 2013 at 5:23 AM

    • Oh Danielle ~ thank you so much for your very sensitive and thoughtful note. It really did touch me to know that anything I am going through can give someone any type of inspiration or strength to overcome whatever challenges we face. Yes ~ I often try to envision the “warrior princess” in me to gain strength… you have good instinct! Much Love and Blessings always my friend ~ Robyn Lee

      February 5, 2013 at 2:17 PM

  208. Are you better now? You look like the sweetest person in the world. And your blog is simply so beautiful 🙂

    February 5, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    • Thank you so much for such a touching comment – I do appreciate and so glad you stopped and and enjoyed. I am still working on my projects… actually I’m out of town right now trying a new rehabilitation strategy to see if can make more progress.. has been slow going ~ but won’t give up. Sending love and blessings your way ~ x RL

      February 6, 2013 at 8:07 PM

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    • Thank you kindly for this ~ so much appreciate!!! Also congratulations to you 🙂 ~ RL

      February 6, 2013 at 8:05 PM

  210. casandralee

    How fortunate the Earth is to have a being like you inhabit it. I wish you the best on your journey (:

    February 7, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    • Cadandralee ~ so wonderfu to have you here… Thank you so much for this blessing — so appreciate your wishes. Love and Light to you ~ RL

      February 7, 2013 at 8:27 PM

  211. Hey! You received a ping back the other day on your About Me page! Yeah, that wasn’t spam. I just nominated 45 bloggers for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Why 45? Well, I made up for the last three out of six. So, you’re one of them! Congratulations! You can find the post here: http://wp.me/p2TeFs-KP ! Take care.

    February 8, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    • So much thanks, very appreciative and most honored. Out of town on medical right now ~ but know how much it means .. and congratulations to you too!!!! ~ RL

      February 8, 2013 at 8:19 PM

  212. From one Robin to another . . . you RAWK. Good luck with everything. Reading your story made me well up a bit. I’m such a girl. Haha! You are the coolest and I wish you the best. I’m so happy you found something to freaking distract you from your pain. I have that damn Restless Leg Syndrome. In no way does that compare with what you are going through, but I can completely relate to wanting a good night of sleep! Just one, every now and then! Ugh! For a brief time in my past, I was an in-home caretaker for a woman who had Lupus. She had already gotten her Masters in Counseling, but towards the end of her studies, she lost her eyesight. She also had chronic pain in her spine from the Lupus and couldn’t be upright for more than a minute or so – enough to use the bathroom and that sort of thing. She kept counseling people anyway, and actually gave some friends of mine pre-marital counseling! And they’re still married, 20 years later, so I guess she did a good job, right? Just kidding. 🙂 You and she are so inspiring to me. Stay strong. Or, maybe I should say, “Stay distracted”. It’s amazing how a good distraction is mentally, and sometimes physically, healing! Best of luck to you. Keep writing.

    February 15, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    • Robin ~ first welcome – and so much thanks for your very thoughtful comment. Yes — I try very hard to at least take a break mentally from the physical pain. It helps enormously – the soul! Such an intersteing story about the lady who had Lupus ~ that is so wonderful to hear, and the couple is still together 🙂 — You take good care of you — I wish healing to find your restless leg syndrome — and will try to keep this going here in blogsphere yes… Much Love and Blessings ~ Robyn

      February 16, 2013 at 4:18 PM

  213. Sherrie

    WOW! No wonder Resa is so inspired by you…who couldn’t be? *hugs*

    February 18, 2013 at 11:22 AM

    • Sherrie — thank you dearest one. Very much appreciate your loving words ~ and Resa is also such an inspiration — a warm and open heart that I am lucky to know here in our blogsphere family. Hugs and Love to you ~ Robyn

      February 19, 2013 at 4:56 PM

  214. Wow. Just wow. You are inspirational. I don’t know what else to say. (I found your blog through Arash…)

    February 22, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    • Thank you so much Jessica! I truly appreciate. I have a lot of respect for Arash ~ and am rooting for him every day! So appreciate your visit here and warm welcome!! Blessings and Love ~ Robyn

      February 22, 2013 at 4:32 PM

  215. Hello, Fellow Blogger! I love your blog and I have nominated you for the “Versatile Blogger” Award! Please visit my site for details at http://dressedtoquill.wordpress.com/
    Cheers! ~Kristi

    February 24, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    • Thank you so kindly Kristi. Such an honor and I am flattered you have nominated me ~ Congratulations to you as well! Love and Blessings ~ RL

      February 25, 2013 at 1:02 AM

  216. I’m sorry for your pain, but I applaud you for your survivorship and determination Robyn… it’s not easy I know, but we do the best we can and keep moving forward. You have a terrific blog and amazing talent. 😉

    March 4, 2013 at 7:21 PM

  217. Thank you so very much Roxy. I so appreciate your thoughtful note. Exactly what I say ~ “I am doing my best — and my best is good enough” ~ one of my many mantras. So nice to have you here and I know you too are facing some challenges so will hold you in my heart ~ and healing prayers… Much Love ~ Robyn

    March 5, 2013 at 9:08 PM

  218. Ammiro il Tuo coraggio di donna!
    Mi fà piacere averti incontrato…posso ora imparare dalla Tua Anima e dal Tuo Cuore!
    Che Dio Ti benedica!.
    A presto
    Claudio

    March 8, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    • Thank you so very much ~ I just translated your comment and incredibly touched. So much appreciate and welcome! Much Love ~ Robyn

      March 8, 2013 at 6:44 PM

      • Thank you so much Robyn!
        You are a remarkable woman for your great human and spiritual qualities!
        You are very dear!
        Claudio

        March 8, 2013 at 10:03 PM

    • That is so kind dear Claudio. Thank you with all my heart ~ Robyn

      March 10, 2013 at 12:41 AM

  219. Great story of survivorship Robyn… I can relate to much of this myself. I for one am glad you’re here. 😉

    March 9, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    • Thank you so much Roxi ~ it means a lot. It really is about the desire to survive and thrive, and just do our best even in the face of adversity. Not always easy, I know. Just back from long journey, and hoping to post soon. Thank you so much for visiting here — and I am keeping you in heart — hoping you are managing everything ok … much love to you ~ RL

      March 10, 2013 at 12:40 AM

      • Thanks Robyn 🙂 Both of us survivors, both of us will be great!

        March 10, 2013 at 12:52 AM

  220. Robyn, I have nominated you to receive the Hope Unites Globally – HUG Award

    http://roxistclair.com/2013/03/10/hope-unites-globally-hug-award/

    March 10, 2013 at 11:02 PM

  221. I don’t think I’ve ever read something and felt so much. I wish you didn’t have the pain. The way you’re dealing with it is so inspiring and amazing though – you deserve an award for your strength and optimism! Sending love from the UK! 🙂

    March 15, 2013 at 8:52 PM

    • Aww thank you so much dear Hannah. I am very touched to read your comment this evening. So much appreciate your visit and warm thoughtful words. Blessings and Love to you always ~ Robyn Lee

      March 16, 2013 at 12:11 AM

  222. Dearest Robyn, You words and images are gifts for those who are in a similar boat. I too started a therapy process to hault the progression of psoriatic arthritis which was slowly crippling me. I too have turn to writing and soon will be posting my photography. My salvation is nature and it gives me strength. I look forward to following your path.

    March 16, 2013 at 10:12 PM

    • Dearest Jane.. thank you so much for visiting, and I will keep you in heart and prayer as you begin the new therapy. I know psoaratic arthritis can be so challenging and life-altering – know others with the disorder. I am thrilled you are writing and blogging — and nature — so important. I will look forward to venturing over to your place to say hi and check in on you and your creative works as well! Much Love and Blessings ~ Robyn

      March 17, 2013 at 10:55 PM

  223. Robyn you are truly an inspiration to everyone and especially me! Your story touched my heart and your determination is simply amazing! I will look forwards to exploring and following your blog in the future! God bless you on your amazing journey! 😀

    March 18, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    • Thank you so very much Steve. I so appreciate your very warm and thoughtful comment. I’m not sure how much inspiration I truly am, but if I can touch others in a good way somehow, it is a most wonderful thing. Welcome and please visit anytime… it is a pleasure to know you here. Love and Blessings ~ RL

      March 19, 2013 at 12:16 PM

      • You are such a blessing! I am so pleased to have found you on here! 😀
        Sorry this comment is late but i have just found an easier way to check comments, and found a lot of missed ones!
        God bless.

        April 19, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    • Thank you always Steve. No worries … I know there are so many WordPress tricks to learn. I am glad you are mastering it. Blessings and Love ~ RL

      April 19, 2013 at 11:00 AM

  224. ajaytao2010

    Nice reading about you, it is such a awe inspiring story, oh Robyn may god bless you and the support your family has given OMG its great

    Thanks. For visiting my blog Ajaytao2010@wordpress.com. Browse through the category sections, I feel you may definitely find something of your interest.

    March 19, 2013 at 2:46 AM

  225. So much thanks dear Ajay ~ I appreciate! You are an inspiration to me as well… always enjoy visiting your place ~ Blessings and Love – RL

    March 19, 2013 at 1:37 PM

  226. Wow that’s quite the story. Thank you for finding my blog which is what brought me to yours.

    March 23, 2013 at 1:37 PM

    • So appreciate Edith – thank you so much ~ yes – very much enjoyed visiting your lovely blog– Much Love and Blessings to you ~ RL

      March 25, 2013 at 10:59 AM

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  228. Robyn, I have competely enjoyed your About page, you are a real inspiration. http://mybeautfulthings.wordpress.com/ thought I would get something out of following you and she could not be more correct. I am a somewhat “newbie” in the Chronic Pain side of things. I have CRPS and have notched up 1 and a half years so far. Thank you for your story I look forward to reading more about you.

    March 24, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    • Hi Sharon… and thank you for visiting on the suggestion of mbt ~ that was so nice of her to connect us. I am fairly familiar with CRPS, and have been over to your place just to check in too… I so hope you can manage and overcome some of this challenge. Some docs have offered me the label CRPS too – but i’m not classic and I have a lot of mechanical issues (joints that dislocate)… I have even explored the Ketamine Infusion treatment for such (are you familiar)… Did you have an acute trauma that led up this for you? Please stay in touch and know I am keeping you in healing prayer and heart — hope to be able to lend support however possible… Much Love dear one ~ Robyn

      March 25, 2013 at 10:58 AM

  229. Hi wanted to say thank you for stopping by my blog – I am totally in awe of your posts – writing, photos, and just you! I am happy you found something in Chicago to help you on your journey. From someone who lives in Chitown, I would like to say I look forward to reading more of your words and admiring more of your absolutely beautiful photos!

    March 31, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    • Oh that is so very thoughtful of you! Thank you – and very welcome – was in awe of your work as well! I am working hard trying to avoid further surgeries – and yes, very happy to have some new tools to turn too! Welcome here — and sending you lots of love and light ~ x RL

      April 1, 2013 at 12:41 AM

  230. Hello there 🙂
    Your photography is gorgeous ! Impressive! and you write beautiful poems. I think you are an amazing person, an example of strength, courage and an inspiration to other people. So don’t let go…never let go. Hang on.
    Best wishes to you 🙂

    April 4, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    • Niki – thank you so very much for your thoughtful and kind words. I so appreciate your encouragement and support. I will do my very best to continue on my journey, and aspire to be the very best I can be. Thank you dear one ~ love and blessings ~ RL

      April 5, 2013 at 11:48 PM

  231. Amazing! What an inspirational story. Your openness and honesty are so refreshing. I wish you all the best – many sleep filled nights and days of joy and laughter! 🙂

    April 5, 2013 at 5:40 PM

    • hekrulewski, thank you so very much for your kind and thoughtful words today. I truly appreciate your good wishes — means a lot! Blessings and Love to you ~ RL

      April 5, 2013 at 11:51 PM

  232. I have enjoyed your blog. Now sure if I found you or you found me in the beginning. It is funny… how all of our path’s cross but I have lately, I have been reading your posts and noticing that I you have been LIKING mine. I also appreciate that you actually read what I write. So many people come in and click on about 5 posts at a time and you pretty much know that they were just trying to generate traffic for their own site. But it is nice when someone takes the time to actually read a few at a time and I see you doing that. As I have here on yours. YOUR story is inspiring. Your photos are as well. I have loved strolling through your corner here! I have to admit, I calculated when you were 37 and I was 37 back that same year! Smile. So we are the same age. Your heart is so young and I love that! I will be praying for continued healing and answered prayers for you in your life. I just wanted to take the time to officially meet you since I am following you.
    Have a great weekend!
    XOXO
    Di

    April 6, 2013 at 9:44 AM

    • Thank you so much Di… I have also enjoyed my wanderings around your blog, time and time again. I am not always able to comment or keep a steady routine with all my wonderful blog favorites, but yes, when I do visit, I love to really focus and loose myself in the creativity of fellow artists and comrades here at WordPress and yours is special that way… I would rather read 2 or 3 posts and “inhale” them – than cover 15 and skim, if you know what I mean 🙂 I am so happy you took the time to say hi ~ and how cool is it that we have some things in common with regard to numerical age and maybe “heart -age” as well! So much gratitude and will be sure to say hi next time I stop in at your place — Love and Blessings ~ Robyn

      April 6, 2013 at 12:59 PM

  233. Robyn – I saw your note on Tom’s blog, and followed it here. What a tremendous journey – I applaud you for your ability to keep focusing on the Light when there has been such opportunity to turn the other direction. Sending Love – Julianna

    April 8, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    • Thank you so much Julianna! I am so grateful for your warm words and encouragement. I do look for the light wherever I can find it. Some days it’s more visible than others, I admit… but always I do my best. Sending you much love and of course tons of light ~ Robyn Lee

      April 9, 2013 at 2:40 PM

  234. Hats Off Robyn. Really brave of you.
    Just reading it is so painful. God bless you.
    You are an inspiration to all the people.
    take good care 🙂

    April 11, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    • Oh thank you so much ‘who ARE YOU’ ! So much appreciate your kind wonderful wishes ~ much love and blessings to you too! ~ RL

      April 11, 2013 at 2:34 PM

  235. Thank you Robin , to follow my blog to . Your work inclusive the photographs are very inspiring . Feel free to offer your comments when you passing by. See you soon , Bart

    April 14, 2013 at 10:50 AM

    • Thank you so kindly Bart! You are most welcome – always a pleasure!! 🙂 RL

      May 27, 2013 at 12:12 AM

  236. I have nominated you for the “Very Inspiring Blogger Award” Go to my site to check it out 😀
    http://wannabephotographer87.wordpress.com/2013/04/15/awards/

    April 15, 2013 at 3:48 PM

  237. Very honored dear Amanda ~ thank you so much for considering me worthy!!! x rl

    April 19, 2013 at 10:55 AM

  238. ahardrain

    Just got back from my daily walk with my gravatar and came upon you blog. You are truly an inspiration (it took an hour to get through all the comments on this page alone). I have been blogging on and off for the past five years. At first I did it with the speculation and naivety that I could make it a full time profession. Now I do it for relaxation and the gift of finding people like yourself. You’re outlook is amazing,

    April 21, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    • Dear ahardrain ~ thank you so much for your visit, and especially for your wonderful words. I am so thrilled you found my blog right after your daily walk with your pup! Yes – I think blogging is amazing for the reasons you state ~ there is a certain person who finds him/herself here… and it truly is a gift to make these soul connections. I have learned so much over the last year and a half here. So appreciate and sending wishes for love and wellness always ~ RL

      April 22, 2013 at 12:24 PM

  239. It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important..and you have from what I can tell focused on the things that give you hope and healing energy and now a passion to share your views of the word with this online community it is all of us to have you be that person to help us all remember..Simplicity involves unburdening your life, and living more lightly with fewer distractions that interfere with a high quality life, as defined uniquely by each individual..and our passions and loves..here is to you continuing on your healing journey
    Erospainter

    April 27, 2013 at 8:18 AM

    • Dearest Erospainter, thank you so much for your most thoughtful and kind comment. You are insightful, as I do my best to put my energies and focus on hope and joyful passion. I look for these elements, and find them wherever I can 🙂 It has been a remarkable experience being part of the blogging community here, and I feel humbled by the generous spirits of wonderful people like yourself who have supported me in my journey. So much appreciate and welcome to you ~ Love and Light to you always, RL

      April 28, 2013 at 12:27 AM

  240. Hello Robyn
    My sweet beautiful friend… I am so much glad to found your profile… I read your story.. I think rather getting frustrated we may give the life chances after such harsh blows as you confronted and raised like from ashes to a beautiful nature.. I was astounded and beside aft finishing this story I couldn’t think for a while… numbness possessed me…thought how much strength a person could need to come up with such will after all this… I am truly honored that I meet such a great person like you….
    My best wishes and prayer for your good health….
    sending my heartfelt warm thoughts for you through the universal soul…..!!!

    Truly your admirer

    April 29, 2013 at 5:22 PM

    • Thank you so much Kazi. Your comment is very sensitive and sincere. Know how much I appreciate your compassion and support. It is my honor to meet you as well, and am grateful for all your blessings and well-wishes. Much Love and blessings your way always, Robyn

      May 1, 2013 at 12:47 AM

  241. Hi Robin, I can empathize with your journey. Mine began at the age of one and a half years with polio. At ages 17 and18 I had two hip surgeries (one bungled and had to be reversed ten years later), chronic pain with severe arthritis followed by hip replacements at ages 42 and 60, At age 56 I had a motorcycle accident that left me with 7 breaks in my right leg. Two years ago I was involved in a pedestrian / car accident that left me with a severely herniated disk. The only reason I mention this is because I know you can relate to these situations and the lengthy process of recovery. At age 66 my doctor told me that I was more fit than he was and most men in general.

    You have shown exceptional bravery in accepting, and working through, your various diseases and surgeries. I want you to know that there can be an end to your suffering. Your story inspires me and in looking back at my life I wouldn’t have wished it any other way. Each challenge that I overcame has lead me here, which is a good place.

    I look forward to reading more of your story.

    Cheers,
    Dennis

    May 3, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    • Thank you so much Dennis. It does sound as though you have faced some difficulty obstacles… and I feel for all you have been through. Did you have hip dysplasia as a baby by any chance? You are truly an inspiration… and your fortitude and courage is so admirable. I will remember your words…and keep working toward that good place you speak of — and find all the joy I can along the way! Much Love and Light to you as you continue your journey as well!! ~ RL

      May 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      • Hi Robyn, Thanks for your kind words. I had a form of hip dysplasia. Mine was caused by overly aggressive physiotherapy at age two, when bones are still malleable. Both femurs were stretched and straightened to the point that they were riding at the edge of the hip socket. It was feared that they could be easily dislocated (this diagnosis was later refuted). Both femurs were cut and realigned so they fit better in the hip socket. Unfortunately, The screws used, in one of the operations, were too long and extended through the femur into the muscles on the other side. With each step I took I was tearing muscle. It took ten years for this to be diagnosed and treated.

        That is all in the past. I have, for most of my life, lifted weights, and used various cardio machines, at the YMCA three nights a week. I attend a Pilates class on Mondays. This has greatly increased my strength and motivation. I see improvement with every workout.

        May 6, 2013 at 2:39 AM

  242. JK

    Robyn, thank you inadvertently providing me an opportunity to find you and share in your story. Your heroically positive demeanor is inspiring, helping me, by comparison, to put my own problems in perspective. Thanks for that.

    May 4, 2013 at 12:09 AM

    • JK, thank you so much for your lovely comment. I appreciate, and yes, encourage others to find joy and love everywhere they can. Life is meant to be fun ~ and love is everywhere!
      Blessings and Love to you ~ RL

      May 4, 2013 at 4:01 PM

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  244. Thank you for dropping by my blog. I didn’t have the right words to tell you how proud you make us women feel, so I wrote a post for you instead. I hope it reaches you at the right moment. Hugs from this side of the world. http://kodakerdabawenya.com/2013/05/10/never-stop-yourself-from-living/

    May 9, 2013 at 6:56 PM

    • Oh Jojie, thank you soooo very much for such a thoughtful and touching gift today. Your post really did lift me up today. I so appreciate your gesture of friendship and sisterhood. 🙂 May all of life’s blessings find you ~ Love and Appreciation, Robyn

      May 10, 2013 at 12:56 PM

      • Am just here for you spiritually. Let’s shoot together from both sides of the globe and just be happy. You are loved. 🙂

        May 10, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      • So appreciate Jojie – I like your idea – you are a love truly ~ 🙂

        May 10, 2013 at 11:07 PM

  245. You are truly an inspiring soul, Robyn! Looking forward to read your posts after reading my exams coming ahead. Have a good day ahead. God bless. Cheers.\m/ 🙂

    Rahul

    May 10, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    • So much thanks to you Rahul. I am very moved by your comment, and would like to welcome you whenever you find your way back here. Best of luck with your exams too 🙂 Blessings and Love, Robyn

      May 10, 2013 at 12:57 PM

      • Thanks a lot, dear one! Hope you have a great time there. Keep smiling always. God bless. 🙂

        Rahul

        May 10, 2013 at 11:16 PM

  246. Interesting Blog Nomination: Thanks to:

    allbuthomeless.wordpress.com/

    INTERESTING BLOG AWARD!

    I want to thank my friends Cheryl and Ron (http://allbuthomeless.wordpress.com/) for nominating me for The Interesting Blog Award. I appreciate this very much and I am quite pleased to accept!

    THE RULES:

    1-Thank the person who nominated you. — Done.

    2-List 5 random facts about yourself.

    3-Nominate a minimum of 5 blogs for the award.

    4-Ask the nominees 5 questions of your choice.

    5-Notify all nominees on their blog.

    RANDOM FACTS ABOUT MYSELF:

    1- I am following a spiritual path

    2- Occasionally I fall off the path, but climb back on.

    3- I like my scrambled eggs, on peanut buttered toast, sprinkled with lots of cinnamon.

    4- My best friends are homeless.

    5- My drink of choice is non-alcoholic beer.

    My Nominees

    1- http://ladybluerose.wordpress.com

    2- http://incaunipocrit.wordpress.com/

    3- http:/girlwiththepen.wordpress.com/

    4- http:/throughthehealinglens.wordpress.com/

    5- http://tornadoday.wordpress.com/

    Questions for nominees:

    1-What is your favorite color?

    2-What inspired you to blog?

    3-What touches you the most?

    4-Do you see the glass half empty, or half full?

    5-Your favorite restaurant?

    Questions asked of me:

    1 – What is your pet peeve? — cell phones in public places.

    2- Who is your favorite author ? — Too many to consider, although Hemingway, Dostoevsky and Tolstoy would be at the top of my list.

    3 – Favorite place on earth, having been there? –Panama.

    4- What is your favorite past time? — Playing guitar, playing piano, writing.

    5- In your mind, What is your greatest accomplishment in life? — This is an easy one. My four sons. I am constantly in their debt for teaching me about life.

    Congratulations to all the nominees!

    May 13, 2013 at 10:49 AM

  247. So much thanks and congratulations to you Dennis!! With Love ~ RL

    May 13, 2013 at 1:18 PM

  248. Kaz Atman

    Your journey so far has been very inspirational and I am sure you are enriched inwardly and would continue to be so rewarded in the future with wealth that you can take with you. Blessing for increased health and happiness.

    May 14, 2013 at 8:48 PM

    • Thank you so much Kaz. that means a great dal to me, and I so appreciate. Blessings and Love to you and yours always, Robyn

      May 15, 2013 at 12:07 AM

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  250. Your blog is such an inspiration to me. Your courage and tenacity are terrific role models. Keep on thriving and sharing. You are loved, Robyn. I’ll be back for another dose of thoughtfulness – – – frequently. I am definitely a “Through the Healing Lens” follower 🙂

    May 29, 2013 at 12:18 AM

    • Jan, I am honored and touched by your loving words. I do feel loved – and despite the challenges, I have much gratitude and love in my heart for each lovely encounter I have with souls like you. Sending hugs and welcome here ~ Robyn

      May 29, 2013 at 11:26 AM

  251. Sending you lots of love and light Robyn, thank you for sharing your journey.

    May 29, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    • Linda thank you so much for your wonderful blessing. I appreciate, and welcome! Much Love ~

      May 29, 2013 at 8:44 PM

  252. Robyn,

    Thank you for sharing your life experiences with this blog. You have a wonderful outlook on life that should be a shining example for all of us.

    I was first introduced to chronic pain at the age of fifteen and over the course of many years did not handle my situation as well as you have. Depression entered my life in my early thirties. I am now sixty one and with trial and error and a fantastic wife I have learned how to handle my chronic pain and depression. Like you, nature, photography and the written word has helped me come to terms with my problems and to overcome most of those demons.

    I wish you the best of luck with your life’s journey and will be from time to time checking out your blog. Note: You are a photographer. You have a gift of using photography to illicit emotion. Keep nurturing that gift. CLG

    May 30, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    • Thank you so much CLG! I appreciate your kind words very much.
      I am so sorry you too have had to know the beast of chronic pain… and starting at such a young tender age. I certainly understand how
      such can lead to depression… and I know how much strength and fortitude it takes to keep that at bay. Yes – the creativity and nature – and writing – all wonderful anecdotes… and having a loving spouse is a pure blessing in and of itself. I am so happy you have overcome so much of the challenge. I feel blessed too in many ways, and just hope to one day get my pain to a level that allows more normal functioning. I may still be facing more surgeries in my future unfortunately…. just trying everything I can to avoid them first. So grateful for your visit – and yes, stop in any time, as I will by you as well! I am honored that you consider me a “photographer” knowing your profession and expertise. I think maybe in an artistic (vs technical) way I might agree with you. It’s all for fun and healing for me though — just so touched you found your way here and enjoyed. Love to you ~ Robyn

      May 30, 2013 at 11:58 PM

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  254. So glad to stumble on your site. I take pictures with my cell phone and have started writing short posts people have called poetic…as a hobby and to continue to heal myself..
    Your work resonate with my own journey.
    Blessings to you-
    Laurie

    June 4, 2013 at 2:44 AM

    • Thank you so much dearest Laurie. Yes – I started the same way… wasn’t even writing at first (just selecting quotations that are of the famous variety) and another wonderful blogger who was a writing professor encouraged me to “write my own quotes” – so I did – and then eventually the poetry. It’s all so healing – something about using the photo to meditate upon while finding the words.. I know you will find comfort in this artistic expression too. Your blog was wonderful to explore. I am sending love and healing hugs ~ Robyn

      June 5, 2013 at 12:02 PM

  255. Redo You Project

    In life, making lemons into lemon aid isn’t difficult. But it is still bitter until you add sugar. By this I mean the process of dealing with bitter pain and angst is only made better when you add the sweetness of hope. Believe me, I am a rehabbing “pessimist,” learning through physical back and leg pain that positivity isn’t just a word, it’s a choice.

    Life can get you down pretty easily until you learn to fight today for hope tomorrow…and maybe a breakthrough of some sort. Any improvement made is gain.

    Thank you for visiting the Redo You project. I hope we can share visits and helpful information as we go along. Feel better!

    Jeff

    June 7, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    • Such true words Jeff – thank you!! That sugar is so much needed, I agree. Hope is the best form of sugar it seems – and I try very very hard to remember this. I am by nature, an optimist, but this path I found myself on last 20 years has really challenged that. I try to take thing one baby step at at time and find joy in the small moments and the rays of light that peak through the darkest clouds. Appreciate your encouragement and support – and so hope you are feeling well these days with the physical issues. Your blog was super interesting… and I will continue to visit… Much Love your way ~ Robyn

      June 8, 2013 at 12:58 PM

  256. dear robyn
    just a little hello from me, dear one. reading your story breaks my heart in two … and reading of your optimistic spirit breaks my heart into pieces. you amaze, inspire, bless my life. i treasure having met you oh, so recently! i feel i’ve known you a very long time-perhaps it is true. there are so many mysteries yet to unravel.

    take care, keep up your lovely walks, your beautiful writing, whatever you need to keep you whole. i know what pain can do, it is the beast in it all. we need every tool we can find. you are one of mine. xoxlinda

    June 9, 2013 at 3:05 PM

    • Thank you Linda! Yes – I feel the same. One step at a time – day by day and all that jazz – right? ~ So much love to you special friend of mine! xo Robyn

      June 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      • as I lay here watching for lightening strikes(of all things!) I wonder how you are doing? what are your doctors suggesting now, dear one? I hope no unhappy news but, well, had a feeling! I am always here for you should you need a listening heart. xxx

        June 10, 2013 at 10:30 AM

  257. Nice…

    June 10, 2013 at 6:14 AM

  258. Hi Robyn!

    Wow! I’m… speechless. You are an inspiration. I’m simply blown away by the beauty of your soul and in awe of your beautiful poetry and photography.

    Thank you so much for the follow and “likes” – I appreciate them greatly.
    I’m so glad I found your blog. Can’t wait to read some more.

    Love and light
    – Noora

    June 10, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    • Thank you so very much Noora! I am most honored by your words. I also was quite moved by your writings earlier when I had some time to explore. Heartfelt and beautiful words there…
      Welcome here – and much love and light to you always ~ x Robyn

      June 10, 2013 at 11:18 PM

  259. Depends how busy you are! 🙂 Have nominated you for the SUNSHINE AWARD….come to http://bythemightymumford.wordpress.com/ You are a great inspiration…as I can see. 🙂

    June 17, 2013 at 7:56 PM

    • Thank you so much Jonathan! 🙂 I am very honored. Means a lot to me ~ and for you – congratulations my dear friend!! Love to you always, RL

      June 17, 2013 at 10:50 PM

  260. Beautiful soul.

    June 18, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    • I am touched. Thank you friend ~ Blessings to you always, Robyn

      June 18, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      • you are most welcome, dear friend. I’m glad that I found you in this internet/blogging … jungle 🙂

        June 18, 2013 at 10:42 AM

  261. Redo You Project

    Robyn, I wish you all the very best on your trip. Obviously, you have suffered much. I suffer from something similar but nothing like what you have been through. Please try and find time to update us on how you are doing. Love and prayers go with you…

    Jeff 🙂 x

    June 19, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    • Thank you so much Jeff… I did that trip back in February ~ 6 weeks. It was helpful to some degree but no where near what I’d hoped… may be looking at more surgeries unfortunately – trying like the Dickens to avoid it and have gotten very strong and body-aware… still my hips are unstable and come out of socket often….it’s a 24/7 battle. Hope you are ok — pain condition? I’m keeping you in heart and always here if you need to lean… Thank you so much for your encouragement ~ x Love and Light – Robyn

      June 19, 2013 at 1:55 AM

  262. 4everloved

    Hello 🙂 I think you are really amazing, I’ll be keeping you and your family in prayers! May you have abundance,laughter and a thousand of love in your paths ahead! Jesus loves you!!

    June 25, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    • Thank you so much 4everloved! You are so lovely to reach out – and I truly appreciate your good thoughts and loving prayers. Much Love and Blessings to you always, Robyn

      June 25, 2013 at 11:04 PM

  263. …and i was moved as well, the images, your poetry heavenly and your story. suddenly this humble scribbler who usually has words in abundance, has none. i will say thank you to the universe, that in this great big WordPress world you found my little blog, that now found yours.

    many {{{[ h u g s}}}} to you and thank you so much.

    June 25, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    • You are so lovely to visit and offer your wonderful warm thoughts here. I appreciate more than you know. I have truly enjoyed exploring your fantastic work as well dear friend ~
      It is a pleasure to know you ~ and sending hugs and love your way too! x RL

      June 25, 2013 at 11:08 PM

  264. prayingforoneday

    Please accept this Award
    The Wonderful Team Member Readership Award
    Here: http://prayingforoneday.wordpress.com/2013/06/27/the-wonderful-team-member-readership-award-2/
    If you do not accept awards, please give it to a friend who does.
    I hope you accept however

    Shaun x

    June 27, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    • So much thanks to you Shaun. I am honored by your nomination. Much Love and congratulations to you as well! ~ x Robyn

      June 27, 2013 at 7:28 PM

      • prayingforoneday

        Thanks Robyn x

        June 27, 2013 at 7:30 PM

  265. I’m very touched by your story, Robyn, and I’m glad I found your blog.

    June 28, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    • Thank you so much Brenda. I am so happy to have you. Blessings and Love, Robyn

      June 28, 2013 at 10:35 PM

  266. All I want to say are a couple of things:
    You are an adorable woman. And your heart wrenching story is an inspiration for everyone who suffers. I fought Big ‘C’, leaukaemia that is ( but that is just between the two of us, alright 😉 ), myself and won. Happy to meet you Robyn 🙂

    And, I should have gotten here earlier.
    Will be coming around more often now…

    June 29, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    • Thank you so very much Tatsat! I am honored to have you visit, and appreciate your warm thoughts and wishes. You, as a fellow “warrior” know what it is to be challenged and also what it means to be a survivor. Blessings to you – and much love, RL

      June 29, 2013 at 3:11 PM

  267. HI Robyn, I am so glad that I found your blog.
    Your story has deeply touched me..
    I know it must extremely difficult to put up with the daily torment.. and I can never truly understand how it feels.. but I do understand this – you are a strong soul and you will pull through !!
    May your journey be blessed !
    I’ll be back 🙂

    July 4, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    • Thank you so much ontothepaper! I truly appreciate all of your wonderful words and warm thoughts. It is beautiful souls like you continue to inspire me to keep moving forward no matter what. Gratitude and Love ~ x Robyn

      July 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM

  268. What an incredible piece of writing. I look forward to reading your posts and seeing your images.

    July 6, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    • Oh thank you so much Experienced Tutors~ Welcome here and I hope you enjoy your stay! Much Love and Blessings ~ x RL

      July 6, 2013 at 1:54 PM

  269. You’re a very strong woman!!, Full of energy and a positive attitude. It’s very nice to know you through this blog community. Thank you for being a light for human kind and inspire others to fall in love with life. Bless you.

    July 8, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    • Thank you so very much Admiral… I am so grateful for your loving comment. I do think we are all hardwired to survive, thrive and love life… sometimes there are obstacles but I am trying my best to overcome. If I can inspire others in even the smallest way, I would consider that a huge achievement indeed. Gratitude and Love ~ x Robyn

      July 9, 2013 at 1:57 PM

  270. JC

    wow….a warm smile 🙂 and hug to you my dear. Your attitude says ‘I am winning the hand I’ve been dealt’ and that is truly inspirational. I agree that there is something calming about nature. For me it’s the look and ‘sound’ of it. Continue to shine your lovely light and stay beautiful 🙂
    Be blessed 🙂
    JC

    July 14, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    • Thank you so much JC. Your words mean so much to me… and I will continue to try to win that hand. There are gifts in all these hidden places and I try to appreciate and savor the blessings everywhere. Keep enjoying the nature – it is so healthy! Much Love and Light ~ x Robyn

      July 14, 2013 at 1:07 PM

  271. ghostwriter55

    My thoughts are ever with you my friend…

    Ghostwriter 🙂

    July 15, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    • Thank you – and ahhh yes – I totally knew this — ask me how and I cannot say – just did! 🙂 ~ lovely to see you ~ and hope you are doing well over there — x RL

      July 15, 2013 at 3:28 PM

      • ghostwriter55

        Thank you RL… All things are good considering 🙂 I am so glad that you knew… 🙂

        GW55

        July 15, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      • I’m a little bit intuitive about these things I guess? 😉

        July 15, 2013 at 5:08 PM

  272. You have so many comments on your pain, your courage your story, I cannot add one more weight to that, so assume the empathy I feel and lets talk about your distraction, image capturing. Love your poetry, love your photos, and you have a great eye for capturing small scenes with big meanings. When someone likes something it is almost sure others will too, you seem to have this talent. Also I like the “tone” of your photos, as well as the tone of your verses. Nice blog… I am currently reading a book called “the pH Miracle” by Robert Young, because of some pain issues of my own, check it out, there is some useful hope in it. I will return to see more of your site, as I like your images very much and your postings have depth, a worthy use of my reading time.
    Thank you for stopping by my blog as well, I am glad you did.

    July 15, 2013 at 3:25 PM

    • Thank you so much eightdecades… I am very touched by your most thoughtful comment today. Was quite moved by your work earlier when I stumbled upon your lovely blog. I agree that when there is passion and pure intention inspiring artwork – whether it is painting, music, poetry or writing…. somehow that energy is projected and others can sense or ‘feel’ it. I never anticipated the reception I have received here… did not know there would be a comments aspect to the blogging practice when I began, and only intended to archive photos and perhaps some simple quotes. It has been a truly remarkable, wonderful experience for me – and healing on many levels… YES – I am VERY familiar with the pH Miricale ~ and all the research on alkalinity and ph balance. I try to work with these principles on a daily basis (even have the ph paper here to check my balance now and then)… I think it has helped in some ways – but my joint is very unstable (do not have enough bone covering the ball of my hip and so it slides out of the socket constantly)… I have been told though, by many a phsyican how remarkably healthy I am in the classic sense, and I’m sure it’s because I take such good care in these other aspects where I do have some control. Thank you for offering that — I must have bought Young’s book a decade ago! 🙂 I will also continue to pay you visits at your place – and look forward to spending some more time at your fantastic blog!! ~ Love to you – x RL

      July 15, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      • Thank you for your reply, I too have been surprised by the blogging experience. I have only been blogging for a few months. As I don’t know how to help with your pain, perhaps I can help with your distractions. To blog and not waste others time is a goal, and to find both interesting things to blog, and discover interesting things from others.
        I am entering my next decade with the desire and will to make more new art, and have been concerned that there was no landing place for it. then I discovered blogging.
        Next week or so.. I am placing the blog site over onto wordpress .org and fear loosing many contacts and followers, so If you can’t find me, I will work my way back to your site at some time soon. Thank you for your comments as well. Last year I got the use of my hands back after many years of severe pain, and a new lease on life with it, I couldn’t hold a pencil for 15 seconds, I do understand! Though not as bad as your story, but your courage is uplifting.
        John aka eightdecades

        July 15, 2013 at 5:26 PM

      • You are most welcome John… and I am just so happy for you having found relief from this condition that prevented you from using your hand. I will look out for you as you make your move… is there any reason in particular you are transferring to wp.org? Your work is most remarkable – I will link on to follow and let me know when you move. Blessings and Love to you — Robyn

        July 16, 2013 at 5:45 PM

  273. I arrived here by way of the lovely Penny Howe. Your medical woes are sad but yet inspirational. You are obviously a fighter..the desire to heal and the belief that you can is a step forward. I hope you don’t mind but I will be following you ( not in that nasty stalker way ) Your story, photos, and writing are an inspiration. Pat

    July 18, 2013 at 5:53 AM

    • Thank you so much dear Pat. I really appreciate your kind and thoughtful comment today. I am a fighter in many ways. I also try not “push against” what is too much – as that often backfires as well. I never give up hope though… just can’t. Welcome to my
      humble space here — it is a pleasure to know you! much love ~ Robyn

      July 18, 2013 at 4:29 PM

  274. Blessings to you, Robyn, as you continue to fight all this and still keep an amazing attitude. I’m thankful to hear that your husband and family are still with you and beside you. All to often, that’s not the case.

    All the best,

    janet

    July 18, 2013 at 11:18 AM

  275. Hello Robyn, your story is incredibly inspirational!!!! Thank you for sharing your life through your beautiful blog, this will definitely be a part of my online reading list. Lots of love and good wishes xxxxx

    July 19, 2013 at 7:03 PM

    • Thank you so much bongcomb. I am very touched by your words and good wishes for me. Welcome my friend and enjoy your visits — I so appreciate! x Robyn Lee

      July 21, 2013 at 12:19 PM

  276. Hello Robyn! I am grateful for reading about you. I can fully understand, to some degree, what you have been through. I’ve had ankylosing spondylitis since I was around 15 or 16 years old – now I’m 48: A long-term chronic pain club member. I am so happy that you have found some peace through photography. I hope that your healing continues – and I will enjoy seeing what you are up to photography-wise. Well, I am glad to know you, at least a little better now after reading “about you.” Wishing you much peace and that each day is a new adventure, and with less pain. Take care, Nawfal

    July 19, 2013 at 9:38 PM

  277. Wow, Robyn…
    Thank you for your heartfelt and honest testimony!

    I could relate on so many levels… a previously active, “life laid out before her” gal, struck by years of chronic illness, getting one diagnosis only to be hit with another one (I, too, have severe degenerative disc disease and spondylitis, a rare autoimmune disease that attacks my cartilage, and have had many organs removed after they revolted and ruptured. Amongst other “miscellany!”). And, now, finding peace, beauty, light & energy in nature, finding solace in writing, photography and art, and now blogging. How did I get here? I’m with you… never planned on laying my life story out for all to see. But a spiritual intuitive voice led me to this forum 3 weeks back and it has already been enormously healing for myself and others. What a blessing.

    And, on my journey, I’ve now stumbled upon your glorious blog! Inspiring and uplifting; I look forward to the days ahead, exploring it further.

    For now, I’ve got to get my post out there and then start prepping myself for my daily outdoor adventure- the best dose of medicine; sunshine & fresh air (and perspective?!). The steamy 90+ degree days have finally broken here (Rochester, NY) and I plan on taking advantage of it!
    Much healing light, love & hope your way ~
    Tamara

    July 20, 2013 at 10:15 AM

    • Dear Tamara…

      Thank you so much lovely soul.
      I spent a bit of time at your place (and hope to spend some more) and can see that you have also been challenged in so many ways. I am never sure why/how some of us are just gong along just fine and then have chaos before us. Maybe there is a deep deep reason. I am thrilled to know you are finding some peace and healing in nature and creative pursuit. It has been enormously helpful to me on an emotional level which always helps the physical. Unfortunately, I am still facing some stifling difficult times, and may be looking at more invasive surgery after one more attempt at non-invasive methods… Regardless I am blessed to know friends like you who do understand. Much Love and increased well-being to you always ~ Robyn

      July 21, 2013 at 12:24 PM

      • Thank you so much for spending some time exploring my page! I feel very connected to your journey and am sad to know you are facing more surgery. I know how difficult that is and I can tell you have the strength to persevere; but that doesn’t take away the fact that you are certainly due for a “little break!”
        Keep nurturing that incredible spirit of yours. Like you said, it only helps to fortify us for the physical mountains we have to climb!
        I look forward to continuing to follow your journey.
        Your inner light (what I call a “Soul Beacon”) shines brightly… I can feel it, even through this avenue of communication! Thank you for illuminating my day 🙂
        Tamara

        July 22, 2013 at 10:04 AM

  278. Hi Robyn,
    I’m not sure how I found your blog but I’m truly glad I did. I have been in chronic pain for more than a decade, also diagnosed with Lyme disease but I think I may have been more fortunate than you, I wish with all my heart I had somewhere I could walk as I’m feeling more and more “locked in”. It’s very difficult to find enthusiasm at times and the struggle to maintain “an attitude of gratitude” for the small things is often harder than it sounds. I am so looking forward to following your blog – I too have just started taking photos and find they are a window into the world I cannot fully get into. Good luck with your walks, blog and photos…. it will be great.

    Cheers, Susan

    July 21, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    • Susan thank you so much. I very much relate to what you describe… it is HARD to find enthusiasm when you are suffering so much. Pain is a very lonely place to be – often invisible and misunderstood. Yes – I found the photography also to be a place I could watch the world from – even if I could not fully participate the way I’d like to. It’s gotten more difficult for me to go on photo walks and such – my hip has been declared mechanically unstable so will not stay in socket well – especially when walking. I still make it a point to take photos though, even if it’s a flower down the road, or a fire burning at my home. I will keep you in heart – and hope you can continue to heal and return to wellness. Lymes is very tough – I also had that added to my list of dx based on some positive antibodies on the Western Blot test – but they say not enough to be definitive. Trials of abs did little for me. Blessings and Love – and welcome here – x RL

      July 21, 2013 at 11:48 PM

  279. Hi Robyn, you are truly an inspirational person, this is an incredible story. Not many of us would be able to face such adversity in life. I wish for all the best in your future and hope photography can keep on taking you to a special place.

    July 21, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    • Thank you very much Mark…truly appreciate your kind words and warm wishes – and hope you have enjoyed your visit ~ welcome. Yes – the photography and blogging have been a blessing in many ways… Love and warm wishes your way, Robyn

      July 21, 2013 at 10:38 PM

  280. I have just read your story and am quite touched by your positive attitude. I know why you are here, to share your experiences with people like me. You are an inspiration to me in my own battles with illness. I am so glad you have your nature walks to take you out of your suffering for a while. Bless you. You are an earthly angel.

    July 21, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    • Thank you very much dear oldsunbird… you are most kind. If I can provide even a tiny bit of inspiration to others facing challenges of any sort, I consider that a wonderful thing ~ Blessings and Love to you – may you continue to heal and thrive. x Robyn

      July 22, 2013 at 6:52 PM

  281. Accidental or not, you were meant to take pictures and inspire. Beautiful photographs and words. Peace, Koko

    August 6, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    • Thank you so very much Koko~ I am so happy you found some joy here and truly appreciate your lovely words today! Love to you and yours ~ Robyn

      August 7, 2013 at 9:55 AM

  282. Beautiful writing and lovely photos….enjoying it 🙂

    August 8, 2013 at 6:08 AM

    • Thank you so much ~ I am very happy to know you enjoyed Sunil! 🙂 RL

      August 11, 2013 at 8:37 AM

      • Your positive attitude towards life, your determination to fight the odds..really inspiring and appreciable…And hats off to your lovely supportive family..

        August 14, 2013 at 5:20 AM

    • So appreciate that Suni ~ I am blessed in so many ways.
      Love to you my friend ~ x Robyn

      August 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      • Thanks 🙂 and love to you too.. be in touch and keep posting.

        August 16, 2013 at 11:24 AM

  283. Hi Robyn. I nominated you for the WordPress Family Award: http://dermsstuff.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2427&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2
    I hope you have a great day and I’ll see you around the “sphere”.

    August 9, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    • Thank you so much dear Dan! I am honored by your nomination ~ and congratulate you as well!! Love your way , Robyn

      August 11, 2013 at 8:58 AM

      • Thanks and sending love right back at ya!

        August 11, 2013 at 2:22 PM

      • 🙂

        August 12, 2013 at 2:21 PM

  284. Just happened to run into your blog. You have got a beautiful space running here. Loved some of your write-ups. Its very subtle . I guess I will be hanging around here a lot. 🙂 Your vision and thoughts are indeed a revelation. Great work. Keep blogging.

    October 1, 2013 at 3:22 PM

    • So very grateful Prasad. Thank you kindly! Please visit as often as you would like. I am in the midst of medical issues right now so not very active – but hope to be back as soon as I can ! Much Love and Blessings!
      RL

      October 3, 2013 at 1:59 AM

  285. t h i n g s + f l e s h

    i miss your grace. tony

    October 11, 2013 at 3:11 PM

    • Thank you dear tony ~ not feeling all that ‘graceful” these days 😦 – but it means so much to know this… will be be stopping by your place soon 🙂 – i miss you too! x R

      October 11, 2013 at 3:18 PM

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