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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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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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Apr 20

April 20, 2017

Embracing the Path- the Way to True Freedom

Embracing the Path- the Way to True Freedom

She only said ‘what many are thinking’ is what the enemy would have me believe, but I asked The Lord for His truth believing my friend had good intentions and did not intend to harm me.  You see my husband of thirty years had recently passed away.  Within weeks it was Easter Sunday.  Prepare they say.  Know it will be... Read more

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Oct 27

October 27, 2016

When You're Not Ready To Admit It's Depression

When You’re Not Ready To Admit It’s Depression

There’s no question about it, admitting you are struggling with depression is a hard thing to do. Even after all the highly publicized struggles of depression by beloved celebrities like Jon Hamm, Ashley Judd, or Owen Wilson, there is still such a stigma regarding those who struggle with depression. The stigma of depression is mostly due to the negative nature... Read more

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Aug 4

August 4, 2016

3 Tips for Coping with a Secondary Diagnosis

3 Tips for Coping with a Secondary Diagnosis

This past fall I felt sicker than I have ever been in my life. Fatigue covered my days like a heavy fog. Nausea haunted me, and I found myself vomiting a couple days a week for no good reason. I forced myself to go to class to see my therapy clients but otherwise spent the rest of my waking hours... 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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Feb 18

February 18, 2016

Can You Love Me Anyway?

Can you love me anyway? (Fighting to Stay Married While Your Spouse Fights to Stay Alive)   “It’s okay if you don’t understand if you don’t get it, but can you love me anyway?” ~the spouse who is ill   Marriage is hard. You knew that already, right? Actually, all of what I’m about to say is probably nothing new for... Read more

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