Apr 2

April 2, 2018

I just want to be normal. Do I tell the truth?

I just want to be normal. Do I tell the truth?

“Just tell the truth. Adults like truth. Then you won’t get in trouble and you’ll still be able to come over.” I was sitting on my screened porch listening to the neighbors children play. I’d just heard the sound of shattering glass as their baseball broke their garage window. I had to chuckle at the statement, and the irony of... Read more

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Mar 22

March 22, 2018

When Your Child Gets the Diagnosis

When Your Child Gets the Diagnosis

My last child is a worrier. She worries that her classes won’t be far enough apart that she can get to them ten minutes early. She worries that her cats will forget her while she’s gone. She worries that we will miss a train when we travel and be trapped forever in a foreign city where no one speaks English... Read more

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Mar 19

March 19, 2018

5 No Good Responses to Your Chronic Illness Diagnosis

5 No Good Responses to Your Chronic Illness Diagnosis

How will people respond when we share the most intimate parts of ourselves with them? There’s simply no way to know for sure. It’s almost as though we’re standing in front of them completely nude awaiting our evaluation. And while, I don’t make a habit of standing in front of new acquaintances in the nude that is precisely how it... Read more

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Feb 26

February 26, 2018

Is the Chronic Illness Diva Wrecking Your Life?

Is the Chronic Illness Diva Wrecking Your Life?

Perhaps, like me, you have someone in your life that makes you want to pull your face off. Oh, did you think you were going on that super fun trip this weekend? They have a little something to say about that (it’s not an incredibly uplifting something, btw.) Were you planning on getting a few things done today, feeling productive?... Read more

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Feb 12

February 12, 2018

Moving On-Grieving What Was and Embracing What Will Be

Moving On-Grieving What Was and Embracing What Will Be

Growing up, moving was a semiannual occurrence. Sometimes the news of our impending relocation was crushing. Perhaps, my latest love interest had just professed his affection, or I had secured the lead role in the school play (this was never the case for me, but once was for my older brother.) Other times, a move was welcome news, a reprieve... Read more

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Dec 7

December 7, 2017

3 Factors that Contribute to Chronic Pain + How to Manage it from an Integrative Medicine Perspective

3 Factors that Contribute to Chronic Pain + How to Manage it from an Integrative Medicine Perspective

3 Factors that Contribute to Chronic Pain + How to Manage it from an Integrative Medicine Perspective.  If you struggle with chronic pain, you’ve likely experienced its impact in various parts of your life. Pain can disrupt sleep patterns, affect your ability to focus at work, deter you from social activities, and leave you with a sense of despair. As... Read more

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Nov 29

November 29, 2017

How To Get Beautiful Holiday Cards Done Online

When you’re not feeling well, participating in “normal” traditional Holiday activities can be arduous or even impossible. Coordinating annoyingly perfect matching outfits for yourself and your people, scheduling your super-model photo shoot, ordering Christmas cards, and then having to handwrite addresses on each envelope can feel like a Herculean task. Oh, and then you still have to remember to actually... Read more

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Nov 21

November 21, 2017

Chronic Pain and Medical Cannabis

Medical Cannabis & Chronic Pain

Medical Cannabis can remedy chronic physical pain as well as its accompanying side effects that many common painkillers, particularly opiates, do not help or even address. More than 100 million Americans, or roughly one-third of our population, experience chronic pain. If you experience pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks, you are among this group. Normally your body sends acute,... Read more

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Sep 14

September 14, 2017

How I found Gratitude After a Severe Foot Injury

How I Found Gratitude After a Severe Foot Injury

Editor’s Note: If you’ve experienced suicidal thoughts, sexual abuse or assault, the following post could be potentially triggering. You can contact the Crisis Text Line by texting “START” to 741-741 and the National Sexual Assault Telephone Hotline at 1-800-656-4673. It is borderline grotesque: toes that flop without purpose and ugly scars that leave my sandal collection to gather dust. Yet, I am... Read more

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Sep 7

September 7, 2017

CONFESSION: MY FRAGILE SHELL IS ABOUT TO BREAK

You think I’m strong. You think I’m brave. You think that I can weather any storm. Life’s thrown me some pretty tough curve balls, and from your perspective, I’ve knocked them out of the park. You see me smile despite heartache, and you watch me push forward while the ground collapses underneath. You hear me laugh when I should cry,... Read more

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