about me

The Short Version


My name is Chris Dean. (aka pixiecd) I’m married to an amazingly tolerant man who swears he doesn’t mind putting up with me. We live in Indiana with our four adult-kids and the petting zoo I’ve managed to turn our home and yard into. (cats, dogs, chickens, Muscovy ducks, and geese)


The Adventure


Humor has always been the way I’ve dealt with the good, the bad, and the ugly of life, so it made sense that it was also how I chose to deal with autoimmune disease and all the “fun and games” that goes with it.

I started writing in late 2011 as a way to keep myself sane while I

was dealing with the uncertainties of the diagnostic process. Since then, it’s morphed into a way to help others, both those living with chronic illness and those who aren’t, remember to laugh a little every day.

Five to six days a week, I share acts of stupidity, life with adult Offspring, and tales of homicidal birds. Every once in a while I even include information on life with chronic illness.

I’m a firm believer that everyone should be an educated, empowered patient working with their Docs, as we are each and every one of us our own best advocate.


End The Stigma


In the beginning, I had absolutely NO intention of writing about my
mental glitches. Somewhere along the way I realized far too many people live with the stigma associated with Mental Illness. (For far too many years, I was one of them.)

I believe it’s important to talk about mental health because silence only feeds the stigma and shame and NO ONE should ever have to feel ashamed of any part of themselves.


The Rest Of It


In 2012 I was diagnosed with Systemic Scleroderma and Fibromyalgia. In early 2013, the Sclero was changed-up to Undifferentiated Connective Tissue Disease; an autoimmune beastie that’s attacking my muscles.

I also live with panic disorder, moderate agoraphobia, borderline personality disorder, and bipolar disorder. It basically just means Hubby REALLY won the Crazy Wife Jackpot.

Speaking of Hubby, we’ve been married for 13 years. We live in
the country, half an hour outside of town, in the house my Grandpa built.

Our four Offspring range in age from 19 to 24 (every 18 months like clockwork). The Oldest hangs out in his basement bachelor pad while Middle Son has his own Fortress of Solitude in town. The Girl and The Boy are my ever-present Sidekicks (read as “babysitters”) and I’d be seriously lost without them.

I am a world-class music junkie with a serious iTunes addiction, non-stop reader, recovering binge-knitter, Domestic Poultry Goddess, and, according to hubby, I don’t have hobbies, I have revolving obsessions. (This month it’s Instagram.)


Contact Info


If you have any questions or suggestions, I’d love to hear from you!

You can drop me an email at chris@pixiecd.com or you can message me on Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, or Google+


Other Places You Can Find Me



Books


Contributing author – Clash of the Couples: A Humorous Collection of Completely Absurd Lovers’ Squabbles and Relationship Spats 

Contributing author – It’s Really 10 Months Special Delivery: A collection of stories from girth to birth (Coming Labor Day 2015!)

Featured and/or Syndicated


Backyard Poultry Magazine, December 2007

 Scarred for Life: Reflections From a New Poultry Keeper

Huffington Post

Try Looking Past the Elephant

Bullying Ends How?

Yoga for the Middle-Aged Crowd

October’s Promise of Halloween

Chronic Illness: The Ride No One Ever Chooses

Happy Holidays: A Gift, Not a Slight

Huffington Post Live

How To Manage The Psychological Side Of Illness

Bonbon Break Magazine

 A Fork in the Road

 Twas The Second Week Of December

 Is the Fault in Our Stars or Our Programming

 Why I Am Furious With Robin Williams

 Don’t Flinch: A Letter to My College Bound Daughter

In The Powder Room

A Mom Confesses: I Scare The People Of WalMart

WARNING: Middle-Aged Sex In Progress

Forget Happy, I’ll Take Less Emotionally Scarring

The Mid

How I feel Now That I Have Crossed Into Motherhood’s Unnamed Territory

Don’t Flinch

Midlife Boulevard

Mommyhood? I’m DONE!

Why Wasn’t I Warned About Wings?

Top 10 Signs You’re in the Chronic Pain Zone

What Kind of Motherhood is This?

Scary Mommy

10 Reasons Country Living Beats City Life

Erma Bombeck Writer’s Workshop

10 top phrases from the Wife-to-English Dictionary

Rebelle Society 

i am the architect. {poetry}

WEGO Health Blog

 These Things Happen

 Living Through Laughter

Systemically Connected

WANTED


Original Work As Guest Posts


They Call Me Mummy

Hung-up about bedwetting

Nested

Trust Me, Buy The Panties

est. 1975

friends are golden but vodka is cherry

Dumbass News

Dumbass Deja Vu

Menopausal Mother

Wacky Wednesday Writer’s Guest Post By Pixie.c.d.

Megsanity

BPD Sucks Balls: What it Feels Like to Have Borderline Personality Disorder

Housewife Plus

The apple peeler


Original Artwork


Bonbon Break Magazine


 A Seussian Tragedy

 The Ghost of Seuss

 A Fork in the Road

 Twas The Second Week Of December

 A Quicksilver Moment (photo)

 Down at the Veterans of the Motherhood Wars Legion Hall

WEGO Health Blog

 Living Through Laughter


Megsanity

BPD Sucks Balls: What it Feels Like to Have Borderline Personality Disorder

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