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I See You Still

Grief, like most emotions, is different for everyone. The person who is lost, the relationship to that person, and the stage of life one is in, alters it. Whether the loss is anticipated or sudden, you can never know how the end of life will affect you. There have been general guidelines for how to navigate grief and stages that must be processed in order to move on. That's just it though; these are guidelines and rarely apply exactly to everyone's individual situation. While they are meant to be helpful, they can often leave one feeling more isolated as their emotions don’t fit neatly into the described timeline for emotional processing. You may experience all 5 stages of grief (denial,...

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Some Day...

Green with envy as they say But will it ever go away?   Feeling sick as they all cheer Wrapped tightly, full of angst, full of fear   Fear that I'm not enough, that I'll be discarded, forgotten When they outshine me with their glitz and glam, I'll just be the Apple that's rotten   I want to be happy for everyone else, they deserve all they get Except such news drops a wet towel on my heart, an inextricable net   Accept what I cannot change, let go and let be But I feel trapped in the past and those thoughts horrify me   Yes things were tough, bad and then worse But I'm not there anymore, I climbed...

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Recipe For Recovery

Growing up my mother always cooked. I have lovely memories of the lunches she packed me and the yummy dinners she served my family. She taught me how to cook and I have some wonderful memories of us in our kitchen. Unfortunately, when I was 12 years old, she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and her ability to do regular activities became very difficult. It was at this time that I started restricting my food intake and exercising more until I was hospitalized at age 14. While my journey had its ups and downs, I was finally able to find recovery. My mother, on the other hand, was not so lucky, as her decline was devastating and she passed away....

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Book Review By Someone Who Knows, By Elizabeth Garstin

Before reading Ulrike Schmidt, Janet Treasure and June Alexander’s book, Getting Better Bite by Bite "A survival kit for sufferers of Bulimia Nervosa and binge eating disorders" I had doubts that this book could genuinely help me. A book itself can merely guide you through a story that it tells. How could this book possible know my story? I have longed for support and guidance for three out of the four years I have been suffering with Bulimia and binge eating disorder with anxiety. Truth be told, you have to completely fall apart and be hospitalized to receive the level of support you need to recover. Or, if you are lucky enough to have money, then you can buy outpatient...

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Thought-full, A Poem Written by Robyn, a Sweet Cavanagh Graduate

Thought-fullI am thoughtful; and I am resilient.I wonder how many unread books there are in the world.I hear the buzzing of thoughts -Some angry wasps - Some induzztrious bees.I see a hive of questions - sticky ones.I want it to be quieter in my head.I am thought-full; but I am resilient.I pretend that I live in a library that looks like a churchand the silence is real - inside - and out -the buzz trappedbetween hardback covers that I can choose to open and close.I feel still, quiet, like I'm thinking with one mind.I touch the spines - some worn, some brand new.I worry that some will get left behind -I must keep my eye on them to keep them...

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