Hi. I am so happy you’ve stopped by and I hope you will visit my website often.

Is there a medical storm brewing within you or someone you love? Have you experienced illness? Have you been a caregiver? Are the medical issues piling up until you feel alone to slay the medical giant. Are you ready to scream- “Stop the world I want to get off?”

Come settle under God’s protective wings and take some time away from the storm. Feel the safety and comfort of God’s love and grace. The mission of this website is to assist you in overcoming medical adversity through inspirational writings, medical parables (devotions), and a sprinkling of humor.

Whether you have come searching for information and insight for yourself or for a loved one; it is my prayer that you will draw hope, strength and encouragement from the writings posted on this site. If that happens, give the glory and praise to God.

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Many blessings for the day, my friends.

About My Book

Are you facing a medical challenge or know someone who is?
Sooner or later it happens to most all of us. We find ourselves staring at a diagnosis we don’t want to hear. What do you do? How do you respond? Often the fear of the unknown is worse than the condition.
With authenticity, candor, humor, spirituality and grace, Surviving Medical Mayhem will help you not just survive but thrive. Discover the healing power of knowledge, humor and faith – three vital health ingredients you need to absorb in heavy doses. These three “miracle medicines” can make all the difference in how you navigate the mayhem of medical adversity and help you walk through this new journey with more, joy, confidence and peace.



Embrace Faith and Prayer as a vital part of your healing.


Find comfort in others who have faced a similar journey.


Harness the power of humor and perspective to heal faster.

What My Readers Say

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Loretta Schoen

Loretta Schoen

A book’s a dream that you hold in your hand. Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light.

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be a writer.  I shared this with an author friend of the family.  She said “Loretta, write what you know.”  But at 10 years old – What did I know?  Nevertheless, I began writing poems.

Writing poetry is what got me through high school.  In college, I majored in English and even took a Creative Writing class where the professor suggested I choose another career.  So I did.  I majored in life: working, meeting and marrying my soul mate and raising a child.  I forgot about writing – it was too hard, I wasn’t good enough, I didn’t have anything to write about.  Besides, it was just a childhood dream, right?

Flash forward a couple dozen years and I found myself with a plethora of experiences relating to medical issues: my own, my family, and my friends.  With those experiences came the stories.  Survival stories, really.

The tears and the triumphs, the laughter and the losses, all began to pour out of me and with each one there was a healing either for me or those around me.

By no means was it an easy journey and I have the battle scars to prove it.  But along the way I have found pockets of wisdom and moments of sanity from the other side of that journey to the message and purpose God has for me.

And it is this knowledge that God gifted me with that spurs me to want to discuss, share and empower readers to bring a heavy dose of faith and a sprinkling of humor to whatever medical mayhem you or your loved ones may be facing.

Hopefully, with patient readers (pun intended), it is my hope that you will find this website a blessing to lessen your stressing.

The less exciting details you should know…

I was born in Glen Cove, New York and have lived in San Paolo, Brazil; Rome, Italy; North Carolina and now reside in South Florida.  I live with my husband of 43 years (and counting), in what I affectionately call “The Schoen Assisted Living Facility”.

I have a passion for music, traveling, working with abused animals and spending time with my daughter, son-in-love, and especially my grandsons, Aiden and Ryker.

I am a contributing author to Chicken Soup for the Soul and conduct workshops on Surviving Medical Mayhem which empowers people facing medical adversity with education, faith and humor as they navigate the medical arena.

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