Dear Friends, Patient advocacy relies heavily on being able to create a narrative, and by extension, sell yourself. The more gripping or devastating the story, the more advantageous it is to use, at least from a marketing perspective. Getting people to empathize with our struggles, allows for the creation of new ideas, treatments, and solutions. … Continue reading Saving Yourself
Dear Friends, There has been a gentle mist falling over the last three days. The greyish white cast of the sky has blotted out any trace of sunshine and the days feel damp and dreary. This is the kind of weather that leaves you feeling unsettled as the ache creeps into your bones. Admittedly, I … Continue reading The Stories To Come
Dear Friends, I started this post days ago, erased it, and then started it again. By the time I got to today, it was a semi-living shell surviving solely on a mix of wretched emotions. I am not just talking about the type that are a bother, but more the kind tied to things … Continue reading A Bad Year For The Roses
Dear Friends, On Tuesday, May 29, I had the honor of presenting at a webinar hosted by the Society for Participatory Medicine. As my very first online webinar, I admit that I was nervous. I have presented before, but in a far different capacity and with less technology involved. I wanted to provide my notes … Continue reading The Sadness of My Notes on Social Isolation & Loneliness
Dear Friends, Sometimes I dance in my kitchen. I close my eyes and listen carefully to a beat in my head. Tap. Tap. Tap. My body sways slightly and muscles strain, lifting me up on my toes. I reach one arm out in a fluid motion and then the other. I stack my spine, sliding … Continue reading Dancing Through The Pain
Dear Friends, It is just a bit after three in the morning and I am awake. I am decidedly more awake now that I just watched my youngest cat run into the side of the stove. Now, typically, when my eyes are open at this hour, I stay in bed and try to remember to … Continue reading Your Potential Self Is Infinite
Dear Friends, Self-care. I want you to stop right now and think of what the term means to you. The term is ubiquitous and conjures the idea of spa days or doing something out of the ordinary to indulge. Maybe you are thinking of your overloaded Pinterest board with inspiring quotes and recipes for homemade … Continue reading Self-Care:Caring For and About Yourself
Dear Friends, At night, I dream I run. My legs pumping and my feet pounding the pavement in rhythm as my skin glistens in the air of a warm day. In my dream, I don't feel the weight of my body or the sensation of bones breaking. I am not bent with fatigue and wasted … Continue reading At Night I Dream I Run
Dear Friends, Update: I wrote this brief post in 2015, long before my story truly began. Since then, I have learned that mobility issues and chronic pain can place a damper on your best intentions to exercise. It has redefined my entire conception of wellness through movement. In my previous life, while I was not … Continue reading Updated: Find an Exercise You Love and Do It!
As a purveyor of health and wellness education, I am no stranger to the controversies that surround seemingly benign topics. While it is uncommon to see the pro- and anti- vitamin camps fight as bitterly as those talking about vaccinations, vitamin supplementation is surprisingly controversial. In its early history, vitamin supplementation in the United States … Continue reading Vitamins: Should You Supplement?