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Courtney Perry is the director of student services at Living Arts Institute, a training school for massage therapists and medical assistants in Winston Salem, North Carolina. Follow her on her blog, The Other Courtney.

Entries by Courtney Perry

In Sickness and In Sleep: Married to a Chronic Sleep Walker

(0) Comments | Posted February 17, 2015 | 7:37 PM

I don't nag my husband, Isaac, to do chores around the house. But sometimes I wake him up in the middle of the night screaming that there are enormous spiders in our sheets, and evil guinea pigs in the closet. I don't complain when he watches football all day or...

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In Praise of Sisters: The Bonds That Shape Us

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2014 | 4:10 PM

When I was 9 years old, I landed a leading role in my first play. With several hundred people in the audience and the entire children's choir behind me, I was understandably nervous. Despite my shy nature, I decided that I was going to sing my ballads and recite my...

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Nightmare Nanny: Revenge on a Craigslist Scammer

(2) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 5:24 PM

I used to hear stories about people who have been scammed on Craigslist and I'd think, "What idiots! How can people fall for such obvious hoaxes?" I can now classify myself as one of those idiots.

In my search for a part-time job, I responded to an...

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A Body's Betrayal: Woman's Fight Against a Deadly Disease

(0) Comments | Posted March 18, 2014 | 12:06 PM

Brynn Duncan joyfully lives -- and almost dies -- every day. When I met her on Instagram, her photos were captivating and touching, but equally heartbreaking. Twenty-year-old Brynn suffers from a disease that could debilitate most people, but Brynn finds healing and purpose in educating others about her life-threatening and...

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No Flight, No Fight -- Simply Surrender

(1) Comments | Posted January 28, 2014 | 4:06 PM

Fighting off your debilitating panic attacks often seems like the only option. But is it? Struggling with chronic anxiety is like living in a boxing ring with an invisible opponent. You don't really want to be in the ring, you can't seem to find a way out, and you're not...

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There's Nothing Sweet About a Spill in Honolulu's Waters

(1) Comments | Posted September 13, 2013 | 11:30 AM

It was merely six months ago that my husband and I relaxed on a deserted beach in Maui, letting the cool Hawaiian waters kiss our toes and clear our minds. We were in honeymoon bliss, and the breaching whales and playful dolphins in the distance made our dreamlike state feel...

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How a Dog Saved My Life: From Anxiety to Hope

(70) Comments | Posted August 24, 2013 | 11:02 AM

Owning a dog seemed impossible to a girl with severe asthma, allergies, eczema -- and not just a little anxiety. After all, I'd almost died several times from asthma attacks and anaphylaxis from food allergies. Doctors joked that I should live in a bubble or on a sterile boat in...

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