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Forever Changed, Never Fixed

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.23.2014 | 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 12.19.2014 | 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 12.18.2014 | 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 12.17.2014 | 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 12.18.2014 | 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 12.17.2014 | 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.

The Tale of Two Economies

Kevin Price | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Kevin Price

In 2008 the world was riveted by the economic collapse of Europe as countries plummeted into financial ruin due to deficits out of control. Particularly hard hit were countries like Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Cyprus, and Spain.

Mourning What Should Have Been

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.16.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I think we must figure out how we can we give ourselves, and others, permission to mourn their should have beens. Can we give ourselves, and others, permission to feel it all -- the blessings, the lucky, the anger, the sadness, the guilt, and even, the shame?

Never Limit Where Running Can Take You

Brian Boyle | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Brian Boyle

To be able to not only walk, but to run is a beautiful thing.

The Warm Embrace From the Club I'll Never Belong To

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.09.2014 | Books
Justine Brooks Froelker

I am practicing my patience, some days with gritted teeth and total white knuckles, but I am actively practicing it trying to relax in the hammock (I ...

The Dichotomy of Life

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.09.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

What I am figuring out is that this ever upward recovery I fight to live every day will always be filled with the dichotomy of life.

When We Become a Mother or Father

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.08.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

I will never get full understanding from everyone, let alone validation. But, I will still speak my story. I will own all the parts of my story. And, I will continue to fight and break the shamed silence that surrounds infertility, miscarriage, infant loss and recovery.

Are You Reacting Rather Than Responding to Your Life?

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

For years I have talked with clients about choosing to not live their lives from a place of fear. Fear is often something we suffer through, push dow...

Why You Don't Have To Be An Addict To Benefit From Recovery

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 12.04.2014 | Healthy Living

"Addiction" has easily become one of the most stigmatized words in the English language. It invokes a sense of severity. It signifies a medical diagno...

Stop Running and Race Faster -- Wait, What?

Jason Saltmarsh | Posted 12.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Jason Saltmarsh

She told me that triathlon training is tough and the racing season is grueling. No surprises there. But, what did surprise me is her emphasis on rest. Complete and total rest for a period of one month. No scheduled workouts, no expectations, and no pressure.

Defining Our Enoughs and Everythings

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.02.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Defining our everything and our enoughs in order to let go, embrace and move forward. I think we can apply these questions to many areas of our lives that we are struggling with.

Why You Absolutely, Positively Must Have Shameless Sex Post-Split

Julie Morey | Posted 12.02.2014 | Divorce
Julie Morey

During my sexual post-divorce journey, for the first time in my life, I discovered my own boundaries. I claimed what I wanted and disregarded what I didn't. I gave myself permission to make choices and not be attached to the outcome.

An Apology and Thank You to Bobbie Thomas

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 12.01.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

Thank you for your realism that this doesn't always work. Without even knowing it, you had my back in that interview. Thank you for supporting what needs to be the message.

Thanksgiving: It's Not Just About the Food!

Gabi Holzwarth | Posted 11.28.2014 | Women
Gabi Holzwarth

If food is your largest cause of anxiety, having an entire day focused entirely upon that subject feels like entering a bad dream.

Our Infertility Rap Sheets

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Justine Brooks Froelker

As men and women suffering through infertility treatments we are identifying ourselves, sometimes completely, through how many treatments we have endured. We are so much more than this.

7 Tips For Surviving The Post-Marathon Blues

Jennifer Hellickson | Posted 11.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Hellickson

Without a doubt, the easiest way to avoid a crash after the post-race high is to pick a new goal. Decide what you want to tackle next -- whether it's getting faster, going further, being more consistent with your training, trying complimentary workouts, or maybe even setting your sights on a different sport altogether -- and put a plan together for how you'll go about achieving it.

Accepting Change: Letting Yourself Fall in the Flow of Your Life

Jeff Pulver | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Jeff Pulver

Growing up I have been reminded to not let days slip by and not to put things off. My dad often reminded me that the cliché "Youth is wasted on the young" is something he didn't want me to regret too.

Hope and Engagement, Not Control and Coercion, in Psychiatric Care

Mona Shattell | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Mona Shattell

We as a society, and for those of us who are mental health care practitioners in particular, need to examine inpatient psychiatric and forensic nursing care and create safe(r) environments.

What If You Saw Me Along the Way?

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 11.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

An unexpected gift of running is that when you challenge yourself, and you dig deeper than you ever thought possible, you not only become immensely proud of yourself but also those who love you bear witness to the inner strength you have unearthed.

A Letter to the 14-Year-Old Girl Trapped in the Darkness of a Body Cast

Justine Brooks Froelker | Posted 11.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Justine Brooks Froelker

Trust that you will thrive through this and that this isn't the end of your story; because, I promise, it is not even close. And try, to hold onto that light just a little, knowing and believing that someday it will flicker again.