Real Talk on Rediscovering Your Sense of Self With Relapsing MS

Megan White Discovers the Cans of Chronic Disease

Getting through seemingly simple, everyday tasks can feel downright impossible when facing flare-ups of disease affecting the central nervous system. Battling the bottomless pit of fatigue, it might take an hour just to drag yourself from of the warm womb of your bedsheets. When balance is questionable at best, it might be your greatest accomplishment of the day to move from the bed to the couch. … [Read more...]

Combat the Consumerism of Cyber Monday With Compassion This Giving Tuesday

#AARDAGIVINGTUESDAY

The season of giving kicks off today with #GivingTuesday, an annual philanthropic movement powered by community collaboration and driven by social media campaigns. Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, Giving Tuesday was founded in 2012 by the Belfer Center for Innovation & Social Impact in New York City to celebrate compassionate service and to encourage individuals to connect and … [Read more...]

Kicking Off My Forty Day Countdown to 40

Photo by Nate Falkenberry

Today kicks off my 40-day countdown celebration to turning 40 years old. Yes, you read that correctly; I am indeed celebrating this momentous time in my life with something special every day leading up to my birthday. I refuse to spend the last weeks of my 30s mourning my so-called youth, especially when the awe and wonder I feel toward life only grows with each passing day. Sure, it would be … [Read more...]

Novocaine Knocks You Out

Beat Dystonia

After three weeks of feeling beaten down and out of sorts from an upper respiratory infection, I thought I was in the clear–as far as dystonia is concerned. My arms had been feeling like they were on fire from a neuropathy flare-up, but my muscles were still cooperating with my brain, which is always greatly appreciated. In the midst of that period, I’d even been able to drive to visit my friend … [Read more...]

Shining Light on Truth To Disarm The Double-Headed Arrow of Vengeance

Notre Dame Cathedral

Like so many of us, I remember where I was when the horrific events of 9/11 unfolded in my consciousness. It’s not a particularly salient story, but is is mine. It began with a phone call from Sheri, my best friend at the time. “Are you awake yet,” her muffled voice asked. It was just barely 9. Used to my friends ragging me about being a night owl notoriously late to rise, I answered … [Read more...]

Intentionally Tap Into the Solar Eclipse’s Power to Open the Door to Infinite Possibility

Live Your Life With Intention

On Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will fully cross the United States, from coast to coast, for the first time in almost a century. Qigong master Mingtong Gu writes that a total solar eclipse has alchemical–or transformative–energy and symbolizes "the direct earthly experience of cosmic and celestial energy --  pure potential and power -- for good or bad." As whatever we hold in our … [Read more...]

How Healers Can Help Identify and Unpack Oppression to Engender Release, Recovery and Revolution

Be the Light

I know I’m not alone in trying to process the terror and violence that recently erupted in Charlottesville, VA. The brutal altercation between rallying white supremacists and counter-protestors has slammed more tidal waves of horror, disbelief and sorrow about race relations against the rocky foundation of our country. It has compelled a period of deep reflection on what the United States of … [Read more...]

Reconsidering Healing As An Ongoing Journey, Not A Final Destination

The Storm Before The Calm

When dystonia dares to once again rear its twisted head after an extended remission of all but the most benign symptoms, it can sometimes feel like a personal failing on my healing journey. I chastise myself for the lapses in judgment that led to making unwise choices. I berate myself for knowing better than to behave in such foolish ways: I shouldn’t have had a cheat day (or three) of so many … [Read more...]

Revamping My Perspective on the Path Not Taken

Revamping My Perspective on the Path Not Taken

Through much of my adult years (and much of life, in truth), I've spent far more time than I'd like looking back on the past and wondering 'what if'? That really didn't change until the last few years when I finally learned how to breathe and stay in the moment with meditation–and when my romantic relationship solidified, gaining permanence. In retrospect, it truly is sad how much of the present I … [Read more...]

‘Survivor’ 2016 Winner Raises Awareness For Women’s Lung Health in Mom Susie’s Honor

'Survivor' 2016 Winner Adam Klein Raises Awareness for Women's Lung Health in Mom Susie's Honor

You might be surprised to learn that lung cancer takes the lives of more men and women than any other cancer in this country each year. In fact, it’s been the leading cause of cancer deaths for women in the United States since 1987, but you would hardly know it if you merely looked at the media attention, research and fundraising efforts earmarked for cancer awareness in women. However, the … [Read more...]