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Patrice Bendig

Follow her on Twitter @Patrice_Bendig for more hilarity. You can read her other musings on her blog, Quarter Life Writings and view her portfolio at She can be reached at

Patrice Bendig is a Philadelphian who is trying to survive her twenties and not trip down any steps. She is a graduate of St. John's University, but has made a career in managing non-profit social media and multimedia platforms. She has been a contributor to Huffington Post. XOJane and USA Today College.

When she's not working or trying to find a new hobby Patrice enjoys playing and singing along to her radio at loud volumes, annoying people with her camera, and drinking massive amounts of ice coffee. She hopes to be able to connect with people through her writing, so that other people can feel a little less alone when they're going through issue. One day, she hopes to become best friends with Taylor Swift, marry a hockey player, and have enough money to gaze into the distance as she fills her gas tank.

Entries by Patrice Bendig

Lose Your Selfie in the Moment

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2015 | 7:38 AM

For anyone who knows me, their first reaction to this article is that it is being penned by a hypocrite. Rightfully so I am a notorious shutterbug and have been since the days of disposable cameras during junior high. At my parent's house, there are shelves with albums containing photos...

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A Generation Desensitized to Gun Violence

(9) Comments | Posted August 28, 2015 | 4:30 PM

Along with rest of the world on August 26th, I stared at my computer screen horror watching the final minutes of 24-year-old Alison Parker. The flooding of dread that washed over me while viewing the footage was not due to the graphic nature of the actual shooting. It was from...

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10 Reasons why Kermit the Frog Is the Perfect Boyfriend

(1) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 12:56 PM

Many of us are questioning the longevity of love in the 21st century thanks, to the recent slew of Hollywood romances that sizzled up this summer. The split that's most shocking is between one of the longest relationships in Hollywood, spanning over 40 years. Kermit the Frog and Miss...

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Joining Team IUD

(3) Comments | Posted June 23, 2015 | 4:42 PM

Life is full of situations that are beyond my control, but my reproductive system should not be one of them.

Last Sunday my cervix was not happy with me. Perhaps that is a bit of an understatement. It was throwing a temper tantrum because of what I did to...

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Being 25 and Dealing With a Mother Who's a Stroke Victim

(6) Comments | Posted May 7, 2015 | 11:00 AM

The irony that Stroke Awareness Month takes place during the same month as Mother's Day is not lost on me. For the past 10 years, the words "stroke" and "mother" has become intertwined. Both have played a substantial role in shaping the adult I have become. Coming to terms with...

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How I'm Surviving in Survival Mode During a Severe Depression Relapse

(1) Comments | Posted December 29, 2014 | 11:24 AM

This piece was originally written in February 2014 and published on

Over the past several months, it had been easy justifying why I had been tired, a bit anti-social and melancholy. A hectic work schedule, feeling run down, and family obligations were my staple cop outs...

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The Christmas Cat That Worked Better Than Xanax

(0) Comments | Posted December 24, 2014 | 8:07 AM

2014 can be labeled as 'the year of...' many things. The year I turned 25.The year I spent recovering from a super-shitty depressive episode . The year I successfully ate a clean diet for 40 days, and ran my first 5K. The year I wrote about

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The Miracle On 34th Street- 1 Year Later

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2014 | 5:29 PM

Oh what a difference 365 days can make. Apologies for the starting this story with such an overused cliché, but it's the only phrase that captures the event that have happened since the publication of the original 'Miracle on 34th...

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Oh, There's Other Places Than Home for the Holidays

(1) Comments | Posted December 1, 2014 | 3:48 PM

The holiday season and I have not been getting along in recent years. In fact, we've been on the outs since junior high. A week before Christmas, my mother had a major heart attack and underwent an emergency quadruple bypass when I was 12. Three years later she suffered another...

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The Heartache of Bullying Doesn't Have an Age Limit

(3) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 4:58 PM

According to a 2014 study by No, over half of young people have been cyber bullied. It 's a growing concern synonymous with tweens and teens, causing parents to become hyper vigilant online supervision. But cyber bullying isn't limited to those dealing with growth spurts...

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Is Therapy Really Worth It? 7 Questions People Who See a Shrink Are Tired of Hearing

(31) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 8:25 AM

Originally published on Bustle 10/16/2014

My best friend and I are constantly playing phone tag. But there's one person who promises to have my undivided attention once a week, no matter what: Dr. R, my therapist. For the past 2.5 years, we have spent 55 minutes every Tuesday...

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What I'd Rather Have Taken in College Instead of Philosophy

(1) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 10:01 PM

Three years have passed since September meant 'back to school' season in my life. It wasn't that long ago, but being able to refer to a time of my life as 'my college years' is weird.

As an adult, the only things that I have to look...

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The Real Miracle On 34th Street

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2014 | 1:08 PM

*Disclaimer:For those of you who responded to kindly to my initial article "Miracle on 34th Street' chronicling Weston Keeton's transplant surgery in December 2013, thank you from the bottom of my heart. The article opened many people to the topic of organ donation.

How did a 31 year-old...

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The Moving Story of a Real-Life Miracle on 34th Street

(5) Comments | Posted December 18, 2013 | 8:50 AM

We've all heard of the Miracle of 34th Street, and will probably see it at some point this month. We watch the film to rekindle that feeling of awe and that belief in miracles each of us experienced at Christmas at some point in our lives, before life jaded us....

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What a Taylor Swift Concert and My Best Friend Moving Across the Country Have In Common

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2013 | 3:15 PM

My best friend, Geri, is moving across the country in less than a week. Specifically, she will be 2,692 miles away in her new apartment in San Diego with her boyfriend. I will be here in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where we both grew up and lived for 24 years. Except for...

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Throwing Warm and Fuzzy out the Window

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2013 | 5:39 PM

While browsing the card aisle trying to pick out a card for my mother on her special holiday, I began to feel overwhelmed. Most of the cards spouted messages of thanks for always being there, for always showing the right path in life while being an amazing role model. As...

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Sanity or Self-Esteem?

(10) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 9:44 AM

When I went in to see my dermatologist last week, I didn't think I'd be reduced to tears by the end of appointment. Yes, I do have a slight phobia of doctors (my finger nails are usually bitten down to the numbs and I pop a prescribed Xanax or two),...

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I'll Be Home for Christmas

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 7:13 PM

Last Saturday night, my house was discombobulated. Strands of colored Christmas lights covered the floors, snow man figurines were lined up on the coffee table and garland was draped over the loveseat, nearly tripping each person passing by trying to get to the bathroom. In the middle of it all,...

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Living With the Medical Elephant in the Room

(2) Comments | Posted November 6, 2012 | 2:30 PM

Scrolling through my Twitter newsfeed while home from work Monday afternoon, I came across a tweet saying that it was World Stroke Day. A day where people raise awareness for the devastating effects strokes have on 795,000 people annually in the United State. After the tweets -- and...

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Why You Shouldn't Discount Your 23-Year-Old Social Media Manager

(13) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 11:27 AM

The 20s are not easy time in a person's life, especially in an economy that has the stability of a house of cards. For the past three or four years, there have been countless books and studies focused on the plight of the millennials. My generation also is the first...

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