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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, Bustle, Your Tango and USA Today College. She hopes to be able to connect with people through her writing, so that others can feel a little less alone when they're going through issues.

When she's not working or trying to find a new hobby Patrice enjoys singing along to her radio at loud volumes, annoying people with her camera, playing with her highly intelligent cat Annie and drinking massive amounts of ice coffee. One day, Patrice 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

Redefining a Mother's Love

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 9:46 PM

Mother's Day is a punch in the gut for anyone not celebrating with their mother. The ache doesn't discriminate against the reason of absence. The social media feeds that will be saturated with Mother's Day tributes will be downright painful for all of us coping with a void.
The...

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Severing The Ties That Bind

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2016 | 12:41 PM

Without a doubt, I am currently fumbling through the complicated, messy and overwhelming grieving process over the loss of my mother. The past three months have been filled with unexpected waves of emotions that continue to catapult both my heart and head in a million directions. Moments of denial, fueled...

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Untangling Myself From an Emotional Rock Bottom

(1) Comments | Posted January 18, 2016 | 5:13 PM

Not being able to see instant gratification from a newly-incorporated healthier lifestyle can snuff out any enthusiasm for sticking with it. But sometimes we find ourselves in situations where there is no other choice but to stick it out for the long haul, clinging to the promise of an elusive...

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Participation Prize: How Childhood Praise Was Affecting My Career

(0) Comments | Posted December 29, 2015 | 11:45 AM

Originally published on Elite Daily


Earlier this month, during one of my weekly mental personal training sessions (aka therapy with Dr. R), I was completely agitated and unable to self-soothe.

After taking on several new projects at work, I was frustrated...

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A Legacy of Life: The Miracle on 34th Street Remembered

(0) Comments | Posted December 5, 2015 | 9:17 PM

2015-12-06-1449371218-1875698-325717_2615726525313_1133717942_o.jpgThe staples that mark the essence of the holiday season occur like clockwork on an annual basis-and are not dependent on any particular person. Despite any aversion to the holiday season, it will take place all around you just like every single year...

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Public Mass Shootings: The Terrorism That Needs to Be Tackled

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 12:04 PM

Arriving home from work last night, a strange sense of deja vu came across me while putting on the national evening news. Coverage of the San Bernardino shooting showed eerily similar scenes of prior broadcasts. Law enforcement swarming a public area with terrified bystanders running with their hands above their...

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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

(9) 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 xoJane.com.

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

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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 Bullying.com, 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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