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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

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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Moving on From Being Dark and Twisty

(0) Comments | Posted June 26, 2012 | 1:49 PM

During a recent conversation with a boy I'm seeing, we were discussing hair colors we previously rocked in our younger years. I made a passing comment that my jet black hair was during my "dark and twisty" phase. Taken right out of the playbook of Meredith Grey, those words resonated...

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My Tribute to My Grandfather Is My Writing, Which Was His Gift to Me

(0) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 4:46 PM

My grandfather would have been 83 years old today. If he were alive right now, I would probably be putting the final touches on his birthday cake and trying to rush around to find the last-minute perfect gift. Most likely, it would have been something for his kitchen, since 90...

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Knowing Yourself, Not Just Your Expectations

(0) Comments | Posted May 2, 2012 | 12:53 PM

Congratulations to the class of 2012. After four years of pouring over textbooks, dealing with roommate drama and fighting with your college's financial aid office, your college career has come to an end. This pomp and circumstance is the grand finale of the marathon of education, for most. Rehydrate with...

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Life After College -- My Crash Course into Adulthood at 22

(6) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 1:56 PM

It's a term that's been quite popular over the last few years: quarter-life crisis. The whole concept may seem absurd to older generations, who believe that twenty-somethings have it all. Sure, we may be wrinkle-free and have less cellulite, but I've come to realize that the twenties are a crash...

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Bullying is Much More Than Child's Play

(2) Comments | Posted November 18, 2010 | 12:54 AM

Bullying may seem like child's play to some adults or as just one of those areas that everyone goes through. With the recent outburst of cyberbullying, and teenage suicide deaths around the country, it is about time that people understand bullying is not just a kid thing; it's a serious...

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