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What I’ve Learned About Health and Getting Older

Today marks the anniversary of having my cancerous thyroid removed. This day always makes me think about the power of intuition and, how you should trust it. It’s real. Maybe because my dad was…

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I’ll never forget the look in my dad’s eyes when the doctor told him the cancer was sprinkled throughout his abdomen like powdered sugar. At that moment I saw the man I considered fearless look afraid…

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For people with eating disorders, it’s not how others see them that counts. It’s how they look at themselves. June 5 My gymnastics coach told my mom my I was too big for the sport. “She has hips and a waist.” So, I started eating bread and…

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Ten Awesome Things About Getting Older: 1. You no longer care what people think. You own your style, your flaws, your awesomeness. Cuz you ain’t got time for no janky nonsense. 2. There’s no guilt when turning down invites, saying no to things that don’t serve you…

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If you have ever made running a habit, then you know. No matter how long it’s been since your last one, you are still a runner. It is in your bones, your blood; it rests in your core. It can be a form of therapy. At…

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I’d been avoiding it like the plague. I just couldn’t handle the idea of sitting in that chair, facing all the questions. And I was stuck in a wrestling match, deciding if and when I did cross that threshold, would I tell the truth or unload…

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When someone gives you a compliment, accept it. Rather than letting it go in one ear and out the other—allow it to marinate. Everyone gets gas. Most people occasionally snore, too. Don’t sweat it. And, speaking of sweat, we all do it, so invest in a good set of sheets, a ceiling fan…

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Here’s the thing about scars—We all have them. Some are just more visible than others. I am thankful my friend, Laurel from Laurel Photography, convinced me to highlight mine in this photo. You see, weeks before having surgery to remove my cancerous thyroid, I asked her if she…

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Lately, my feelings have been in a state of chronic hurt. Constantly bent. Glum. I thought it was your fault. But, maybe it isn’t? Perhaps it’s me. You see, I have assumed a lot of things. I have expected a lot of things. I’ve believed it was so dang obvious. So, I thought…

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Lately, it seems like I have been challenged to do a lot of hard things. Some by choice and others out of lack thereof. Take getting my son, who has bilateral cochlear implants, through his first season of tackle football the week after…

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Find a friend who never lets you do the thing alone. I have been lucky enough to have two of these people. There is no shenanigan they aren’t down for exploring. When you find this kind of friend, hold on tight!

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The older I get the more I have learned what real strength looks like. The women I admire most are the ones who reach out a hand to help the women to their left and right rise alongside them. They aren’t threatened by another woman’s success…

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I was in the middle of an annual post-cancer body-scan when this occurred to me. What if I hadn’t survived cancer? What would my kids remember about me if I was no longer here on earth? It hit me like a lightning bolt. I realized my children wouldn’t care whether or not…

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What would happen if we shifted our thinking from “I have to” to “I get to?” I wrote this piece after an experience with my tween daughter during a busy morning getting ready for school. From the top of the stairs, she asked if I could pack her lunch. She was running behind and I almost…

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I will never forget the look in my son’s eyes as he handed me a math test and I immediately mentioned the 89% he got, rather than acknowledging how much effort he had put into his work. As he shrugged and headed up the stairs, I immediately regretted the words…

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