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The 6 Injustices of Cancer

Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW | Posted 02.02.2015 | Healthy Living
Cindy Finch, MSW, LICSW

Remission does not mean recovery. The medical community pronounces patients "done" once their final treatments of chemo, radiation or surgery are over. However, for most people with cancer this is where the real challenges begin.

Change the Why

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 01.29.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Justine Brooks Froelker

I think we all struggle with this mean inner dialogue from time to time. I see it every day with my clients. My challenge to us all is to be nicer to ourselves. Especially to take the why out of our self-talk and replace it with how come or what.

Breaking the Stigma: Honor Roll Heroin Addict

Erin Bahadur | Posted 01.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Erin Bahadur

I arrogantly assumed that my lack of a criminal record and the small amount of clean time I had accumulated would exonerate me and I would leave with a slap on the wrist. I was sentenced to 12 months in jail, five years probation, more than $3,000 in restitution and 100 hours of community service.

Taking Part in the Feast of Life

Temimah Zucker | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Temimah Zucker

My soul cried when I looked down at that poor excuse of a hot dog because I ached thinking of the girl that was once so consumed by food that she missed out on life and love. I was saddened by the years I lost to an eating disorder, devastated by the number of people I know still suffering.

How to Move On When You Can't Ask 'Why Did This Happen?'

Rachael Yahne | Posted 01.27.2015 | Healthy Living
Rachael Yahne

Give up asking "Why?" in the first place. It is a rear-view mirror approach to tackling the obstacle. It proves you are still looking backward looking for the nail that popped the tire, instead of forward for where you need to steer to. Either way, you've got to pull over for repairs.

This Map Reveals Just How Unequal The So-Called Recovery Is

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business

In his State of the Union address last week, President Barack Obama cheered rising wages. What he didn't mention is that much of the income gained sin...

It's Always Been for You: An Ever Upward Circle Back

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 01.23.2015 | Books
Justine Brooks Froelker

This book is for everyone who is struggling. This book is for everyone who needs a good story to show them some ways out and that it is possible. That we all have the power to change our lives; the power to define our own happy ending.

3 Ways to Manage Anxiety: Advice From My Daughter - by Kristi Jo Jedlicki

Kindness Blog | Posted 01.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kindness Blog

As I recover from this latest battle with the anxiety, I am looking for the lessons it has to offer me. Two of the greatest lessons are to be kinder to myself and to take my daughter's advice more often, as she is both kind and wise indeed.

We Hold the Pieces to Our Puzzles

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 01.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

But we must remember we hold the pieces ourselves, as we have the power for change and recovery. We have the power to complete our puzzle and therefore truly, and bravely, embrace and own all the pieces of us.

Trust You Will Tread or Float

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 01.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

For the last 15 years I have had the honor of witnessing people journey through some of the most difficult times of their lives to emerge as happier, ...

10 Ways Running Has Changed My Life

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

Like most people, I too have been blindsided by life's curve balls that at times have left me feeling battered, despondent, and alone. And through all that, no matter how far I've fallen or how high I've rebounded, running -- my constant companion -- has never left my side.

So What Really Happens in an Alcoholics Anonymous Meeting?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 01.15.2015 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

After the thousands of hours I've spent in recovery meetings, I can say I'm certain of only a few things. First, despite what many people believe, AA is not a cult. It's just a group of alcoholics trying to figure out how to stay sober by helping the next guy or gal stay sober. Two, no matter how shitty I feel before walking into a meeting, I always feel a little better after it's over.

Our Fellow Warriors, True Friends, Limited Supporters and Incapables

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 01.13.2015 | Women
Justine Brooks Froelker

Being completely understood by others needs to have nothing to do with who we are or our stories. We must honor ourselves, no matter what our loved ones' capabilities of understanding us are.

How Being Full of Yourself Isn't Selfish

Edie Weinstein | Posted 01.12.2015 | Healthy Living
Edie Weinstein

When you hear someone say, "You're full of yourself," what comes to mind? Arrogant, uncaring about anyone else, wanting your own way, entitled, SELFI...

The Job Market Is Still Years Away From A Full Recovery

The Huffington Post | Emily Cohn | Posted 01.12.2015 | Business

Friday's jobs report was generally pretty good news. The jobless rate dropped to a six-year low of 5.6 percent. And the December hiring data capped of...

Making It Well With My Soul

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 01.05.2015 | Religion
Justine Brooks Froelker

So many of us are struggling to not only do the work to survive this life but to embrace that these struggles, losses and hurts can, will and must become well with our soul. But, we cannot do this alone. I'd even argue to say that we cannot do this with only our faith either.

Is Recovery Just a Never Ending To-Do List?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 01.05.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Justine Brooks Froelker

As I let go of my 2014 and set my intentions (rather than resolutions) for 2015, I am reminded that part of my work always is my recovery. For me, it ...

Acceptance in Infertility: 9 Untruths in the 'Never Give Up' Message

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 01.12.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I am beyond thankful that infertility education is continuing to be in the spotlight. However, I believe, some of the messages being delivered by some are contributing to the loss of ourselves to this painful, difficult, long and oftentimes heartbreaking journey of infertility.

How A Night Of Ballroom Dancing Bruised More Than Just My Ego

Cathy Sikorski | Posted 02.28.2015 | Fifty
Cathy Sikorski

Last weekend my husband and I went to two dinner dances. We love to dance. In fact, we took three different ballroom dancing classes this year. Since ballroom dancing is one of the top five things you can do to stave off dementia, we figured a thrown hip or knee was a better choice than Alzheimer's.

Forever Changed, Never Fixed

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.22.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Survivors of infertility know how quickly your joyful high can be crushed by the breath-stealing loss of heartbreak.

The Semantics

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.18.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I chose the term childfree over childless for the subtitle because I am not less of anything. I am not missing anything. I am not less of a woman because I cannot be a mother in the traditional sense.

5 Reasons You Want a Sober Person at Your Holiday Party

Allison Hudson | Posted 02.17.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Just because I'm sober doesn't mean I don't want to come to your party. Maybe I do and maybe I don't, but if we're friends, I'd at least like the invite so I can decide for myself.

The Childfree Mother

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.16.2015 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I fought very hard to be a mother. I paid a lot of money and put my body (and my surrogate's body) through synthetic hormonal hell to be a mother. But, I am not a mother.

6 Tips For Recovery From Mental Illness

Dustin DeMoss | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Dustin DeMoss

Schizophrenics and those with severe mental illness are strong individuals, because they've had to face the worse, beat the odds, which were mightily stacked against them, and have come out on top in some cases.

Can We Embrace the Complexity of Mental Health?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 02.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

As a survivor of mental illness I have been paralyzed by the depths of depression. The kind that hurts your whole body. The kind that leaves you exhausted in every way imaginable. The kind that destroys friendships. The kind that hurts your schooling or work.