Posts By: Stacey Philpot

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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Aug 31

August 31, 2017

How to Clean up the Mess in Between Illness Storms

How to Clean up the Mess in Between Illness Storms

“Now, what?” I asked myself a few months ago. After years, consisting of very long days, of family struggles with mental and medical conditions, the season began to change. At first, I dared not believe it. So many times, there had been brief glimpses of light as we forged through the darkness.  But, those moments seemed to fade quickly. Once... Read more

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Aug 28

August 28, 2017

Rest and Care, Not Rejected Over Something As Silly As Hair

Rest and Care, Not Rejected Over Something As Silly As Hair

Over the last few weeks, my hair has been falling out at a steady and somewhat alarming rate. I posted about it on one of my social media accounts, saying, “It’s part of what happens during flares. It’s hard to say how many years it’s been happening on and off, or how many years I sought out physicians in an... Read more

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Aug 24

August 24, 2017

The Words That Try To Take My Life Away

The Words That Take My Life Away

Failure Loser Incapable Unwanted Unworthy Words my mental illness plants in my brain. They sneak in under the cover of dark, rearing their ugly heads when I least expect it. Defences down, I am bowled over by the intensity and severity of the words. I do my best to fight. I do positive self talk and affirmations. I stay away... Read more

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Aug 22

August 22, 2017

ut Seriously, Stop Kissing Me

But Seriously, Stop Kissing Me

My husband has an immune system made of steel. I’ve often wondered if he has a stash of kryptonite hidden underneath the bed he isn’t telling me about. A few years ago, when little red dots appeared first on the tips of my fingers and then journeyed up my palms, I told myself I was having a reaction to all... Read more

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