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Mar 9

March 9, 2017

Mastering the Newest Monster on the Block

Mastering the Newest Monster on the Block

There’s a monster in my brain. He’s always there. He never goes away, no matter how much I beg, or how nicely I ask. There’s no reasoning with him. I really prefer my monsters to be of the more reasonable variety – the kind that go away. See, there have been other monsters up there before. I’ve banished them, though.... Read more

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Nov 28

November 28, 2016

People-The Problem AND the Solution

People: The Problem AND The Solution

That’s me in front, on my 3rd birthday. With me are my brothers Mike and Gary, and uncle Todd in the middle. Todd was more like a brother, as he was only a year older than Mike and spent lots of time with us. I am the lone survivor from this picture. (Cheerful post, right? Hang in there, we’ll turn... Read more

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Jul 11

July 11, 2016

Have YOU Ever Had a Panic Attack?

Have YOU Ever Had a Panic Attack?

Have you ever had a panic attack? The question hung between us like angry, rain-saturated clouds positioning overhead. For me, the answer was obvious. Panic attacks are a common, unfortunate part of battling with Lyme disease and coinfections. But my relationship with panic attacks pre-dates my relationship with Lyme Disease. I have been married twice. Twice I have picked out... Read more

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Jun 30

June 30, 2016

Anxiety or Adventure-The PTSD Files

Anxiety or Adventure- The PTSD Files

As I board a plane a growing knot tightens my stomach. I quadruple check my ticket and stumble to my seat. If my husband is with me, he holds my hand once he gets settled because he knows the white-hot anxiety pings through my brain like a pinball machine. I recite scripture over and over to myself. I pray what... Read more

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May 26

May 26, 2016

Five Things People with PTSD Want You to Know

I had spent a lifetime keeping memories behind closed doors.  I thought I had frozen them all in my heart to keep them contained. But trauma thaws. I felt like I betrayed my family code. I felt weak.  I coped in so many different ways to stay numb and avoid the feelings that are stored in the marrow of your... Read more

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Apr 25

April 25, 2016

Defeating the Monster of Depression

In light of recent celebrity news, many people have weighed-in on depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Jamie at The Very Worst Missionary re-posted her “Jesus or Zoloft” blog. Brant (former Air 1 DJ) re-posted “Is Jesus Enough?” Ann Voskamp – who’s book 1,000 Gifts encourages readers to count their blessings – shared her struggle. And they aren’t the only ones. Seems like everyone is... Read more

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Apr 21

April 21, 2016

Improbability Anxiety

I’m a worst scenario kind of gal. I wasn’t always this way. I used to be laid back, go with the flow, light hearted even. Having lead an easy, healthy, almost charmed life. What did I have to fear? But, becoming a parent and subsequently having a sick child began to chip away at my resolve. It conditioned me to... Read more

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Apr 5

April 5, 2016

Shutter Island and Bringing an End to #Mentalhealthstigma

Full Disclosure: If you don’t like spoilers, you probably shouldn’t read this blog. Am I the only one who desperately fears being told I’m “crazy”? Am I the only one who spills my guts to a friend and then follows up with, “Am I crazy?” Have you ever noticed how many horror movies or haunted houses take place in mental... Read more

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Mar 31

March 31, 2016

Our Journey Back: My Teenage Daughter’s Battle with Anxiety

She was only 16, but she was convinced she was having a heart attack. Although I assured her she was a healthy young woman and it was highly unlikely she had heart problems, she was terrified something was seriously wrong. From her repeated visits to online medical sites, a practice we had teased her about for years, she recognized all... Read more

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