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, 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
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?
My husband took a week of vacation time, just to spend the whole week on home improvements. Living in a home built in the late 1800s means you have the joy of some unique architectural features. It also means that you occasionally spend time wanting to bang your head against the wall, as you … Continue reading Drugs, Plaster, and The Great Purge of 2016
Dear Friends, As I mentioned in my last post, when I was discharged from the hospital, I did not walk out with a firm diagnosis. (Actually, I did not walk out at all, thanks to an enjoyable ride in a wheel chair.) I did, however, go home with a firm plan for recovery. This included … Continue reading The Medical Limbo: How Low Can You Go?
Hello friends, it is I. Today is a good day! I have finally started feeling well enough to return to posting. My goal is one entry a week. Most of my upcoming posts will deal directly with my current and ongoing health situation. As they say, write what you know. For today's post, travel back … Continue reading When It Looks Like a Duck, Sounds Like a Duck, But Is Not a Duck
Dear Friends, Lately, I have pictured myself living in an old farmhouse with a huge yard and an assortment of animals. The idea is not a new one, and pops up from time to time. There is something quintessentially American about farm life and it paints an appealing picture for a city girl like me. … Continue reading Logic, Desire, and Mental Health
On Thursday, those of us in the United States will celebrate Thanksgiving. Many look at Thanksgiving as a day to sit around with family and friends, consume unreasonable amounts of food, and give into an excess-induced sleep coma while watching a football game. As much as I enjoy this tradition, I would like to remind … Continue reading Giving Thanks is Not Just for Thanksgiving
“Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair, but manifestations of strength and resolution.” ― Kahlil Gibran Dear Friends, Today’s post stems, at least in part, from my recent viewing of Cinderella (2015). I finally watched it in its entirety on Tuesday night. In the movie, Cinderella promises her dying mother that she … Continue reading Be Kind
Dear Friends, I spent a lot of time with my textbooks and conducting observations in the classroom and it made me start thinking about learning as a lifelong endeavor. Those who know me are aware of my proclivity for taking a seemingly never-ending number of classes. I really love learning new things and I find … Continue reading Keep Learning