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We Are Now Offering Affordable Online Therapy! — The Psych Talk

Originally posted on Survivors Blog Here:
My profile for affordable online therapy is now live here on fiverr. If you require a listening ear and are unable to afford a traditional face-to-face therapy then this may be right for you! Also suitable for those that are unable to leave their homes or see someone face to face due to their mental […] via We Are Now Offering Affordable Online Therapy! — The Psych Talk

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Round And Round, The Hamster Wheel

      I’ve struggled with Chronic Lyme, Fibromyalgia and Dementia for six years, every week it’s a follow-up or test for the latest ailment. I’ve made the decision to step off the Doctor Hamster Wheel in 2019. I saw a Rheumatologist a two months ago, the clueless PA told me there wasn’t Lyme in Texas. REALLY? The doctor named a few possible illnesses and took my blood. The doctor’s visit was a bust but the lab work revealed my Calcium is high. Which can cause serious complications. She suggested to have my Parathyroid checked. WOW, something came out of the lab work, I have another ailment to deal with! I saw the Endocrinologist, it was straight forward. A blood test, a scan at the hospital and possible surgery. We scheduled the scan immediately since it was effecting my heart. I fell down the stairs and banged myself up a good one. I landed a perfect 10! NO, I can’t lean my head back for two forty-five minute sessions. The test was rescheduled. 2019 is starting like the other six years, with a heart test scheduled, Parathyroid scan with possible surgery, test for Traumatic Brain Injury from the fall. There are few days left in 2018, I want to know who I am, how have I changed in that time. I developed Agoraphobia, haven’t driven in six years and have only seen the inside of doctor’s offices. I took the first step […]

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RAINN.org Christa’s Story

Christa is a Survivor of Sexual Assault, her story is hard to read and yet she comes out on top. She was able to more forward and rebuild her life. She has the strength like many of you. She turned to RAINN.org for support. https://lookingforthelight.blog/2018/12/19/christas-story/   I support RAINN and want to share a postcard with the good news of […]

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Charity Project Gave Me The Best Gift

As a teacher in a Title I elementary school I serve students with a low socioeconomic status. My students are faced with several challenges both in and out of the classroom. Despite the many challenges they face, I am aiming to increase Social/Emotional intelligence, the understanding of feelings, and using them to inform actions. Children who exhibit healthy social, emotional, and […]

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This Day in History December 20th

1946 ‘It’s a Wonderful Liife Premiers Frank Capra’s film starring James Stewart and Donna Reed debuts at New York’s Globe Theatre. Though not a critical or box office hit right away, it will become a holiday classic, showing in theaters and on TV for decades to come. 1957 Rock ‘n’ roll star Elvis Presley receives draft notice The 22-year-old refuses […]

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Is it Passive-Aggression, or Just Fear of Expressing Your Needs?

By Mike Bundrant ~ 3 min read I wrote an article recently on the various ways in which passive-aggressive behavior can undermine and destroy relationships. And it certainly can do just that. But as I was outlining the behaviors and language typically associated with the passive-aggressive personality, I couldn’t help but feel that several of the traits and habits seemed […]

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Learn More about Building Hope & Resiliency Through DoD Safe Helpline

The program is overdue and my hope is the word gets out for people to use the services.  M RAINN.ORG Department of Defense Safe Helpline is excited to share that their program, Building Hope & Resiliency: Addressing the Effects of Sexual Assault has been redesigned. Building Hope & Resiliency: Addressing the Effects of Sexual Assault is a self-guided, online, anonymous, […]

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Christa’s Story

RAINN.ORG Christa is a Survivor of Sexual Assault, her story is hard to read and yet she comes out on top. She was able to more forward and rebuild her life. She has the strength like many of you.   “When you speak with a survivor of sexual assault, imagine that they are a loved one who has gone through […]

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[Wellness Wednesday] Discovering Our ‘Why’ For Wellness Changes — Reclaiming HOPE

Happy Wednesday everyone, and welcome to the final Wellness Wednesday of 2018! My son is coming home for Christmas, so I’ll be taking a little break for the last week of the year. Thanks so much to everyone who gave me input last week about our upcoming Wellness Wednesday posts. You all gave me some […] via [Wellness Wednesday] Discovering Our ‘Why’ For Wellness Changes — Reclaiming HOPE

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Go To Honey Facial Massage

Honey Facial Massage The recipe is provided by Willow and Sage by Stampington by Kari Peters.  Honey is an humectant, with means that it draws water to itself, helping to helping to keep your skin moisturized. It’s antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral, making it the perfect spot treatment as well as mask. Honey is suitable for all skin types.  You will […]

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New Resource: Rehabcenter.net

I added this great resource to Organizations Who Can Help, on the right at the top. Please take a look to see if they can help you or someone you know. Rehabcenter.net proudly offers an extensive list of centers, rehab programs and treatment facilities to choose from. It is important to keep in mind there are many different factors that […]

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Friday Quote

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” —Josh Billings (a.k.a. Henry Wheeler Shaw; humorist and lecturer)   “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole ―Otto von Bismarck (1st Chancellor of Germany)   “The world would be a nicer place if everyone had the ability to love […]

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On This Day December 13th

2000 Vice President Al Gore reluctantly concedes defeat to Texas Governor George W. Bush in his bid for the presidency, following weeks of legal battles over the recounting of votes in Florida, on this day in 2000. 1951 After meeting with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover, President Harry S Truman vows to purge all disloyal government workers. 1972 Astronaut Gene Cernan climbs into his lunar lander on the moon and prepares to lift off. He is the last man to set foot on the moon. Birthdays 1925 Dick Van Dyke, actor, singer, producer; (The Dick Van Dyke TV series, Mary Poppins) 1934 Richard D. Zanuck, film producer; won Academy Award for Best Picture in 1989 (Driving Miss Daisy) 1985 France sues the United States over the discovery of an AIDS serum. 1951 Ted Nugent, singer, songwriter, musician, actor.  

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Favorite Socks Challenge

  Daniel from http://www.retunrofdragons@wordpress.com has challenged all to show their favorite socks. This is a challenge I can take on and hope you will take part. Show your favorite socks. The rules are easy, link your post on http://www.returnofdragons.wordpress.com. A panel of WP followers will judge and let us know who has the coolest socks! These  are Smart Wool long […]

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Health update

  Did you know there are rocks in your ears? If you’ve had a concussion and developed Vertigo chances are the rocks are off-balance. Sounded crazy but I was open to trying the treatment with an ENT doctor. He discovered it was my right ear having the problem. The treatment was very simple but stomach turning. Luckily I didn’t need […]

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Home Spa Budget Friendly Exfoliator

This great idea comes from the Aug/Sept 2018 issue of Willow and Sage By  Stampington. It’s budget friendly and eco-friendly. Chances are you have ingredient in kitchen. Baking Soda removes dead skin and milk adds a nice gentle companion. You’ll need: Baking Soda & Milk ( or liquid of your choice) Small Bowl 1 TB. Baking Soda 1 TSP. Milk or water In a small bowl, stir together the baking soda To use, wet your hands and gently massage the exfoliator on you face in circular motion for about thirty seconds. Rinse face with cold water and follow with a moisturizer. Keep your eyes open for more great home-made beauty ideas. M  

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Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love Wants To Change Attitudes To Mental Health

Sky Sports Friday 16 November 2018 07:48, UK Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love says some types of masculinity portrayed in the NBA are “outdated” and “dangerous” and stop men from getting help for depression and anxiety. The five-time All Star has personal experience after he suffered a panic attack during a game last November and realised he needed help and started seeing a […]

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Today in History December 6th

1865 Slavery is abolished in the United States Eight months after the end of the Civil War, the 13th amendment is ratified by the required number of states, abolishing slavery in the US. Its passage was secured after intense lobbying by President Abraham Lincoln, whose Emancipation Proclamation had declared slaves free, but their status after the war was still uncertain. […]

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#WATWB Steph Curry Responds To Girl’s Letter

Steph Curry Responds To Girl’s Letter About Why His Shoes Do Not Come In Girls Sizes November 30, 2018 A 9-year-old girl wrote a letter to NBA star Steph Curry pointing out that his shoes do not come in girl sizes, and not only did Curry respond, he made a change. Riley Morrison wrote in her letter that she’s a big fan of the Golden State Warriors point guard and she wanted a pair of Icon Curry 5 sneakers, but when she visited the Under Armour website to buy them, she didn’t see them listed under the girls’ section. “Dear Mr. Stephen Curry, My name is Riley (just like your daughter), I’m 9 years old from Napa, California. I am a big fan of yours. I enjoy going to Warriors games with my dad. I asked my dad to buy me the new Curry 5s, because I’m starting a new basketball season. My dad and I visited the Under Armour website and were disappointed to see that there were no Curry 5s for sale under the girls section. However, they did have them for sale under the boys section, even to customize. I know you support girl athletes because you have two daughters and you host an all-girls basketball camp. I hope you can work with Under Armour to change this because girls want to rock the Curry 5s, too. Sincerely,Riley Morrison” On Thursday, Steph Curry tweeted the handwritten note […]

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How to Protect Yourself from Family Drama During the Holidays

By Sharon Martin, LCS What’s the most stressful part of the holidays? Chances are it’s not the crowds, long to-do lists, or even the financial strain. My clients, friends, and colleagues resoundingly say that dealing with difficult family members and their over-the-top drama is the most stressful part of the holidays. Who creates unwanted drama in your life? For most of us, the holiday season means lots of social events – Thanksgiving with your folks, Christmas dinner with your in-laws, the office holiday party, and additional religious gatherings. It’s a blessing to celebrate when we enjoy each other’s company and treat each other with respect and kindness. On the other hand, it’s draining to spend time with people who exude negative energy, always seem to have a problem or crisis, and demand your attention. Often, overly dramatic people, such as these, want to suck you into their negativity vortex. What is “dramatic behavior”? When you visit your family, do you feel like you’ve stepped into an episode of The Real Housewives or Big Brother? If so, you know exactly what I mean by overly dramatic behavior – it’s intense, loud, aggressive, childish, inappropriate, or a huge emotional reaction. It frequently includes crying, yelling, gossiping, “emotional dumping”, and acting like everything is a crisis or emergency. Being around other people’s dramatic behavior is mentally exhausting and anxiety provoking. It can feel like a dark cloud looming over you and shifting a joyful occasion to one […]

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Michael Phelps Speaks Out About Battling Depression, Anxiety

By David Konow 10/30/18 “I was so down on myself. I didn’t have any self-love and, quite honestly, I just didn’t want to be alive.”  Michael Phelps has won 28 Olympic medals, but despite his incredible history as a swimmer he’s also had serious bouts with depression, anxiety and alcoholism. Since getting help, Phelps has been very open with the public about what he went through, but he recently admitted on Today that he’s “struggling weekly” with his mental health. “From time to time, I’ll have bad days where I do go into a depression state,” Phelps said. “Being an athlete, you’re supposed to be strong and be able to push through anything. My struggles carried on through my career and I hid them well. There are so many people who struggle from very similar things that I go through and still go through… At times, it was a little scary and challenging to go through, but I found a way to get through it and I’m addressing these issues that I have.” Phelps has certainly come a long way since he hit his personal bottom in October 2014. Phelps said he was so engulfed in despair, he couldn’t leave the house for five days and felt suicidal. He admitted that he had “at least half a dozen depression spells” before this one. He recalled, “I was so down on myself. I didn’t have any self-love and quite honestly, I just didn’t want to be alive. It […]

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Friday Quote

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. No use being a damn fool about it.” ― W.C. Fields “Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” ― Albert Einstein “Failure is the condiment that gives success its flavor.” ― Truman Capote “Success is stumbling from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” ― Winston S. Churchill

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Happy Thanksgiving America

I work hard to acknowledge the little things happening everyday. Many days it’s hard to take a minute to acknowledge and let the smile sink in.  I have many things to be grate full everyday but this past week it came in a big reminder. I fell eight stairs last weekend landing on my head and neck. When I came […]

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Today in History October 21

Today was an interesting day in history. How history making was Your Day? 1934 A 17-year-old Ella Fitzgerald goes to New York’s Apollo Theater to dance on stage for Amateur Night, but opts to sing instead. She wins the competition with her renditions of Hoagy Carmichael’s ‘Judy’ and the Boswell Sisters’ ‘The Object of My Affection,’ and an American music […]

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Friday Quote -Grateful

  A short update on my tumble-down stair’s, I would say it was a Perfect 10! HaHa! My diagnosis after two days of appointments, broken right elbow, shattered left wrist and left orbital bone fracture. When the Orbital bone flexed it took in muscle with it, reason for my crazy eyeball pain. It could work itself out and it’s the lowest of priorities. The left wrist was an hour surgery, sounds crazy with all the veins in the area. I have a t-plate drilled on for support, luckily today’s technology is flexible vs metal. My right arm is the only “functioning” arm. I get to write you! A huge shout out to everyone for the get well notes, hugs and prayers, your words have kept my mood up and looking forward.   You’ll see less of me for a while but know I’m reading. Have a great weekend. M    

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[ Guest Post ] What Depression Treatments Are Available to Me? — Invisibly Me

Guest Writer for Invisibly Me Today I wanted to share a great guest post to illustrate some of the psychological treatment options available when it comes to depression. Please kindly note that any opinions expressed are of that of the writer, not necessarily myself. Depression is a common problem characterized by a worsening of your emotional state, how you think […] via [ Guest Post ] What Depression Treatments Are Available to Me? — Invisibly Me

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Dublin’s Fair City~

Is really so pretty! The historic old pubs are lovely, and fun to explore, on a good, old-fashioned Irish pub-crawl. You are guaranteed to make friends because the people are warm, friendly, and often just a tad tipsy! Dublin is a vibrant, colorful city, justifiably proud, of its artistic and literary history. I am still home at The Holler, but…

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On This Day In History November 1

Happened on this day November 1st 2018 Sistine Chapel ceiling opens to public The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, one of Italian artist Michelangelo’s finest works, is exhibited to the public for the first time. Michelangelo Buonarroti, the greatest of the Italian Renaissance artists, was born in the small village of Caprese in 1475. The son of a […]

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Early Friday Quote *Letting go of Anger*

The multiple quotes are to keep me focused on how anger get’s in the way of every move we make, every person we talk to, how we love. My health is spiraling and I’m getting mixed messages from doctor’s. Big Surprise for my Chronically Ill followers. I know many of you understand and my thoughts are with you. We all carry anger, no matter how small, it can feel magnified towards other’s.  M

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No one wants to have a mental illness — Shedding Light on Mental Health

Really? Yesterday morning I awoke to a text message from my sister Sherry who also lives with bipolar disorder. She wrote, “I hate bipolar illness.” It didn’t take long for my wheels to start to turn. Of course you hate this illness. I hate bipolar too. I don’t like how it interrupted my life and […] via No one wants to have a mental illness — Shedding Light on Mental Health

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#WATWB NBC Nightly News 10/25/18 SINGING JANITOR

          With the constant media chatter it’s easy to fall into the negativity thrown at us. I want the media to target more compassion, good neighbor stories, tweets of support not trolls. Here’s a story that touched my heart.   SINGING JANITOR: For 37 years, janitor Freddie Wiggins has been encouraging his hospital patients with fist bumps and songs: “I bring joy in here!” We’re looking back at NBC Nightly News stories, like this one from June, that we saw our audience respond to the most this year here on our Facebook.         We Are The World  Blogfest: Spreading Stories of Positivity and Compassion in Social Media. #WATWB Your cohosts for this month are: Eric Lahti, Inderpreet Uppal, Shilpa Garg, Mary Giese and Roshan Radhakrishnan Please link to them in your WATWB posts and go say hi! To add more sunshine to your week visit the link below. Have your followers click here to enter their link and join us! Bigger the #WATWB group each month, more the joy! xo M http://lookingforthelight.blog

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He Cares For You

Originally posted on Chronic Pain with a Higher Perspective:
Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7 I memorized this verse a very long time ago when I was teaching a Sunday school class for 1st graders. It’s a simple verse that even the kids could memorize. How can a Bible verse help you in today’s world? If your hope is in Him, you know there will be a glorious day when all the pain ends. That’s literally what keeps me going every morning when I wake up. I do not believe meditating on a Bible verse relieves chronic pain. Every morning I’m usually in the same amount of pain when I wake up. It’s not easy to keep going, but my hope is not from this world. Knowing there will be an end to the pain gives me the hope I need to continue my life. It is like a birth. You know at the end of the pain there will be a reward of a baby when it is over. I choose to look at my salvation in that way also. Life is hard with physical and emotional pain. This world is not our world. We will feel pain of all kinds, but there is a reward much greater than we can imagine. This verse helps me trust in God giving me peace so that I can focus on what is important,…

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This Day In History October 24th

1964 The Godfather of Soul captures lightning in a bottle His studio cuts can be mind-blowing, but James Brown and his fans know there’s nothing like seeing the R&B dynamo live, fronting his Famous Flames. When a recording of tonight’s session at the Apollo Theater in Harlem is released as an album, it will rocket up the charts. 1945 United […]

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Busy, Busy, Busy

Robert this is my all time favorite Lucy scene! I miss the simple times of older tv shows. I am dedicating a song to you, it came on radio yesterday and knew how much you love Steely Dan. Hugs and Happy Anniversary! Raise a glass to many more. M Art by Rob Goldstein found on GIPHY I have family in […]

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My 2018 Mammogram News

When you have a Chronic Illness that creates severe pain it’s easy to skip one more doctor appointment, I did. This week was my first mammogram in six years. Although it did feel like ANOTHER doctor appointment this week, I feel good about myself. A mammogram is for me, it can save my life and mark one item off my […]

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FARA Philadelphia Symposium 2018–Pics & Reflections — Retrospective Lily

Hi, friends. I have a disability called Friedreich’s Ataxia. FARA–Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance–is an organization of doctors, patients, scientists, pharmaceutical companies, patients’ friends and family, etc. that works to advocate, raise money, and search for treatments and a cure for FA. This is my fifth year attending the annual conference in Philadelphia. [Cover Photo Credit: […] via FARA Philadelphia Symposium 2018–Pics & Reflections — Retrospective Lily

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[Wellness Wednesday] 10 Things You Can Do To Stay Well Through Cold And Flu Season — Reclaiming HOPE

Welcome back to Wellness Wednesday everyone! This week I’d like to talk about increasing our chances of staying well during cold and flu season. Okay, I can hear you groaning already….. I know we’ve heard it all before, but the reports I’ve seen on the news have been that 80,000 people died from flu or […] via [Wellness Wednesday] 10 Things You Can Do To Stay Well Through Cold And Flu Season — Reclaiming HOPE

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On This Day October 18, 2018

On this day October 18, 2018   I thought about you, how awesome you are, how you help me even on your worst days. Thank you for offering support, the kindest comments and honesty. You’ve made a positive impact on my life and attitude. Thank you for following me, sharing your life, sharing your story, most importantly growing together. M

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Get your Money for Nothing

If you’ve watched daytime television you’ve heard every get rich quick scheme, start your own business and make $3,000 this month………I’m getting off track. I enjoy making money! I keep it simple by making money on purchases I’m already making. There are tons of apps that do coupons, check prices and anything imaginable if you want to be a SUPER […]

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Let’s Smile Thursday

I’ve struggled with a deep depression since the start of the year, comedy provides relief and Robin Williams always makes me smile. I know he understood and helped many people have open conversations about their depression. This video is a forgotten treasure, it’s the first time Robin went on The Tonight Show. I  hope your day is filled with sunshine. M  

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This Day In History October 10th

1956  James Dean’s final film debuts posthumously The drama starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Deandebuts, telling the tumultuous story of a Texas ranching family. It marks Dean’s third and final big-screen role, as he had died in a car accident a year earlier after completing work on the film. 1957 Fire at England’s Windscale nuclear reactor A fuel […]

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This Day In History

1913 US Federal income tax signed into law (at 1%) by President Woodrow Wilson 1922 1st facsimile photo sent over city telephone lines, Washington, D.C. 1945 Elvis Presley‘s 1st public appearance at the age of 10 1849 American author Edgar Allan Poe is found delirious in a gutter in Baltimore, Maryland under mysterious circumstances; it is the last time he […]

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Highway to Hell *Part 2*

Childhoods antics which landed my brother or me in trouble.  I have to start with my favorite story, you’ll get a better idea of who I am. At recess in third grade I told the teacher I HAD to go to bathroom. NO, go back and play. Back to teacher few minutes later I HAVE TO GO! You’re just saying […]

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Friday Quotes

    “The way get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” – Walt Disney. This straight-to-business … Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence. — Vince Lombardi Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible”! — Audrey Hepburn.

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What do you think of this Theme Mix

I am having trouble getting comfortable with this theme. The post run together on front page, the header selections don’t seem to fit, the background color looks dull. Why can’t I find a bright white background? Do I need to learn the programming codes to accomplish that? Do I have to many widgets making the page to busy? Anything that […]

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Michael Pipich Guest Post: Are You Just Depressed or Is It the Onset of Bipolar Disorder? — Kitt O’Malley

This guest post hits close to home. For twenty-one years, from ages eighteen to thirty-nine, I was diagnosed with chronic depression (dysthymia). I’d tell doctors that I was at least cyclothymic, for I my over-productive workaholism led to cyclical depressive crashes. Finally, at thirty-nine years old, I was diagnosed bipolar II. — Kitt Are You Just […] via Michael Pipich Guest Post: Are You Just Depressed or Is It the Onset of Bipolar Disorder? — Kitt O’Malley

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Lyme Progress #5 Trends

ILADS has taken the bold step from staying under the radar to leading the way to better LYME treatment. Today many “expert” Lyme doctors are training Medical doctors to recognize Lyme, basic treatment with written treatment guidelines. You can download the Treatment Guidelines yourself, I look forward to reading.  In theory it sounds good for Lyme suffers looking for a diagnosis. […]

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Darkness Overcomes Me

I stand watching the darkness settle in. The black dog comes to torture me. Emotions, negative feelings left behind are brought out like dolls in a toy box.  I fight, fight hard not to fall in the abyss. Mask are taken out of their resting place, the mask are for me, which one will I need today. Lies and hurtful […]

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A Grandparents Love Lives On With Happy Birthday Wishes

Originally posted on Looking For The Light:
  ?   My Granny I miss my grandparents everyday, none more than on my birthday. Every year they would get on the phone together and sing Happy Birthday. This was a tradition, gramps called many in the family to sing Happy Birthday. As  gramps fell into a coma, one of his sisters by his side, my brother entered the room, she said it’s T’s birthday and gramps started singing. Those were his last words, I know my brother cherishes every word. Tomorrow I turn 51 yrs old, my grandparents can’t call yet I know they are thinking about me. A daily one minute phone call to say I’m alive was all granny needed. She always worried about me. They loved to watch our reactions to Santa, hiding Easter eggs and fighting over who would lick the bowl of frosting. I learned to roller skate at approx 5 years old. Skating provided an outlet and hearing my favorite music over the loud-speaker made me want to dance. As I got older my grandparents would take us skating. Unlike many parents today, my grandparents would stay to watch us have fun. We were building memories that last a lifetime. I loved to speed skate, coming around the last corner full speed one of my wheels blew out throwing me over the mushroom seats. I got up, sat down and began taking my skates off.…

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