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Embracing Special Needs, In Others and In Yourself

Embracing Special Needs, In Others and In Yourself

“Special”, isn’t that something everyone wants to be? Then why is it we are so scared of “special needs”? I am the oldest of a family of six children, two of whom we adopted and have Downs Syndrome. I am big sister to Ellen, in her roaring 30s, a ball of cheeky fire...

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Bullying Experience Shaped My Personality

Bullying Experience Shaped My Personality

 I suffered from bullying for many months, but it did not stop me from hanging out with my bully, considering her to be my best friend. She pushed me to my limits and to do horrible things.  My mother calls me Dolores, my friends and family call me Lola, I...

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Finding My Own Happiness

Finding My Own Happiness

This part of my journey goes back about 2-3 years.  Finding my own happiness. To make a long story short: I had a good and lucrative career in IT sales; I was living with my girlfriend in a nice apartment in a nice city; I could afford to travel and eat out at...

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A Letter To My Body

A Letter To My Body

I live with lupus. Lupus is an autoimmune disease and it is attacking my kidneys. My body changed a lot since my diagnosis, but my relationship with it improved. I now write a letter to my body. Hey body, it is okay Hey, sorry it took me so long to write a letter to...

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Everybody Died so I got a Dog –  Book Review

Everybody Died so I got a Dog – Book Review

Just a few weeks ago, my beloved dog Douglas died, so you can imagine that I wasn’t sure about reading a book titled “Everybody Died so I Got a Dog.” by Emily Dean. I had bought the book on an impulse while in London last January and it has sat on my nightstand ever...

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What I Learned from my Depression

What I Learned from my Depression

This week is Suicide Prevention Week, so I wanted to share my experience with the hopes that this blog gives some camaraderie to someone going through something similar and gives insight to those who love someone with depression. I think everyone has, or eventually...

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My best friend’s struggle with cancer may be over

My best friend’s struggle with cancer may be over

…but my struggle with her passing continues. September is cancer awareness month. In honor of my best friend’s struggle with cancer, here is my story. When a loved one dies after a long illness, there is a period where you are grateful that it is over. Not for you,...

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Can Gaming Improve Your Mental Health?

Can Gaming Improve Your Mental Health?

We all know that games can be huge fun. They can distract us from problems like depression, anxiety, illness, or pain. They can also help us build skills and teach us things. And, they can be a great way to connect.  So, can gaming improve mental health?...

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