On Making Impossible Choices

On Making Impossible Choices

Tweet Exposed. A flimsy gown, the glare of fluorescent lights, the dog-eared pamphlets and outdated magazines. In an instant, time unravels. Five years slips away to another waiting room and another decision forced into my hands. To remove my breasts. Cut out the risk of a future diagnosis. Dismantle me. I grip the vinyl seat, breathe deeply through my nose and the scent of antiseptic triggers an onslaught of PTSD induced images. A resident...

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Donna’s Legacy – How A “Little Thing” Made All The Difference

Donna’s Legacy – How A “Little Thing” Made All The Difference

Tweet Although we shared the same middle name and the same DNA, it took 11 years for us to meet. She was the elusive second cousin I referred to in doctors’ appointments when discussing the mutated gene dotting my family tree. The one my Grandmother told me about over cups of steaming tea on Sunday mornings. The one I thought of with every trip into the depths of the MRI machine. Donna blazed a trail for me. She faced breast cancer and won. Had...

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What No One Tells You About Heartbreak

What No One Tells You About Heartbreak

Tweet You know that feeling. The sucker punch of loss. Your knees buckle and you clutch your gut as tears – hot and voracious – drip from your chin to collar bone. When you’ve finally cried yourself empty, you slide between cool sheets and wait for the elixir of sleep to rescue you. For a brief interlude, the pain disappears. Then, you wake and the weight of your new reality presses on your every cell. The person you love is...

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The Biggest Obstacle to Dreaming Big & How To Overcome It

The Biggest Obstacle to Dreaming Big & How To Overcome It

Tweet Nothing limits achievement like small thinking; nothing expands possibilities like unleashed imagination. ~ William Arthur Ward When is the last time someone questioned your ability to do something? I know you know what I’m talking about. You’d carried the spark of a dream like a newborn baby – nursing it and letting it grow before you felt ready to swaddle it and share it with the world. When you finally wrestled your...

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The Dark Side of Big Dreams & How To Cope With Crying At Starbucks…

The Dark Side of Big Dreams & How To Cope With Crying At Starbucks…

Tweet “…before a dream is realized, the Soul of the World tests everything that was learned along the way. It does this not because it is evil, but so that we can, in addition to realizing our dreams, master the lessons we’ve learned as we move towards that dream. It’s the point at which most people give up. It’s the point at which, as we say in the language of the desert, one ‘dies of thirst just when the...

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