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    PLANT TALK: Solace from Ficus

    Plant Talk is my upcoming book (work in progress) where plants offer wisdom and support for sickness and suffering. Here Ficus invites healing in the form of "mutual solitude."

    #Selfcare #Anxiety #UlcerativeColitis #ChronicIllness #InvisibleIllness #CrohnsDisease #AnalCancer #PTSD

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    Tenderness to Self

    TENDERNESS is so much easier to find for a sweet fuzzy animal than for our wounded grumpy selves. (Not that these wallabies were about to lash out at me!) Asking for a Word for the day is my writing ritual, I then bathe in whatever definition arises. What is your definition of Tenderness?

    #dailyaffirmations #dailyrituals #anxietyrelief #anxietysupport #Ptsdrecovery #PTSDawareness #Selflove #selfcare #UlcerativeColitis #AnalCancer #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #NarcissisticAbuse #CoerciveControl

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    Tolerance for a Friday

    Tolerance - a good word for a Friday when the tank refill is very very close....

    Meanwhile, there is always a cup of tea. My Word Baths are my definitions of a word that pops up for me first thing in the morning. A great writing ritual as at least I have written something before breakfast.

    #dailyaffirmations #dailyrituals #definitions #writingcommunity #Writing #writingprompts #memoir #Meditation #anxietyrelief #anxietysupport #Ptsdrecovery #PTSDawareness #Selflove #selfcare #UlcerativeColitis #AnalCancer #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #NarcissisticAbuse

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    My Life Was Changed by My Ulcerative Colitis Diagnosis

    "When I was fifteen, my doctor told me, 'You can't be like other people. You will never live a normal life.' I refused to accept this grim prediction. No.That would not be my future."

    This is an excerpt from my upcoming memoir, "A Slice of Orange." It will be published in 2023 by TouchPoint Press. I don't think my life has been very normal – but not in the way the doctor meant. Sometimes a difficult diagnosis gives us the strength to fight against it defining our lives. Some of my efforts were successful, others, not so much.

    #Selflove #Anxiety #AnalCancer #ChronicIllness #InvisibleIllness

    #CrohnsDisease #UlcerativeColitis

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    Need self-care? Try connecting with your Inner Kitten.

    Sometimes I find the concept of an Inner Child a bit sappy and hard to connect with - so I came up with my Inner Kitten! Whatever works for us to apply some tenderness to ourselves and get on with the basics of self-care.#Selfcare #ChronicIllness #Depression #AnalCancer #UlcerativeColitis #CrohnsDisease #Anxiety #PTSDSupportAndRecovery

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    I’m new here!

    Hi, my name is Assbassador. I'm here because

    l have anal cancer and just had Apr surgery which left me with a colostomy bag.

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    Colonoscopy Prep #UlcerativeColitis #ChronicIllness #AnalCancer #CrohnsDisease #InflammatoryBowelDiseaseIBD

    No complaints, because a colonoscopy saved my life when the doctor discovered anal cancer. Since then, I’ve had colonoscopies every few months to follow up on the cancer and the debilitating ulcerative colitis (which strongly objected to the cancer treatments). So, although I’d prefer to be on this walk to the beach, I am very grateful that I am now well enough that a whole year has passed since my last colonoscopy, and that my insurance covers this procedure I am privileged to get. Now to go start drinking that prep ….

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    Cult recovery memoir!#PTSDAwarenessMonth #PTSDSupportAndRecovery #UlcerativeColitis #AnalCancer #spiritualabuse #cultrecovery

    I'm thrilled that a publisher has accepted my memoir, "A Slice of Orange." It is about my life in the Rajneesh cult and the long recovery as I re-entered society. My history of ulcerative colitis since the age of 10 certainly features, but it is not about chronic illness. It is about resilience and recovery from #Trauma of several kinds (I am a trauma therapist). Please go to my website nicolaranson.org to sign up for the newsletter and track when it will be released

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    The challenge of accepting support

    Yesterday was a rough day which got transformed when I ACCEPTED two offers of help - it is not even the errands themselves as much as the wonderful feeling that people care enough to do these big little things, a wave of gratitude that lasted into today.

    Every morning I wake up and ask myself, "What word would be useful for today?" I take what I get then write a definition I can dip into for my Word Bath of the day.

    #UlcerativeColitis #CrohnsDisease #AnalCancer #Caregiving #ChronicIllness #Anxiety #PTSD