When Mental and Chronic Illness Collide

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October 2016

When Exhaustion is a Part of Your Life

  “I’m tired.” You hear it all the time. You ask how someone is doing, with a small sigh, they reply, “I’m tired.” There are all kinds of tired. There is the kind of tired that comes from a lack... Continue Reading →


Find the good. Be the good.

  In two consecutive text messages to my partner tonight, I sent a link to the crisis on the India/Pakistan border and then right after, a link to Huffington Post story about a comic. As I read the story, I... Continue Reading →

How to Let Go of the Past


A good friend of mine wrote this article. I think learning to let go of the past is one of the most important things we can do. The past can hold us back, chain us down. It is possible to let it go.


darkk-nes“There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go.” ~Jessica Hatchigan

1. Recognize that we have a choice
Whenever we get stuck in the past, most likely it is because we are being bombarded by intrusive thoughts. These intrusions appear as regret, anger, hatred, resentment or sadness. When we get caught by this web of negativity, it is extremely difficult to remember that we have a choice. We can choose to break free from this cycle by realizing that each thought has an energetic value. Negative thoughts chain us to past memories only to weaken us.

2. Understand why we hold on
Dwelling on the past can actually feel good to us. Hating someone because they wronged us can feel very satisfying, because we feel like we are getting back at them through hatred. In reality, we are the one’s adding to our own suffering. We hold on to the past because we find comfort in what…

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Reflecting On What Counts

Invisible Illnesses

  Looking at me, the only thing that identifies is me as someone with an invisible disability is my service dog. That’s part of the reason I love my service dog so much; I don’t meet as much resistance from the public... Continue Reading →

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