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    The Jacaranda on Belonging

    I love what the Jacaranda has to say about belonging, and letting go of injuries. Just thinking of this cheery tree is a comforting summery thought for the dark of winter. "Plant Talk" is my book about nature's support for sickness and suffering with illustrations by Caroline Bagnall. Currently editing the first draft.

    #plantlove #plantmedicine #plantwisdom #plantvoices #Selflove #selfcare #anxietyrelief #UlcerativeColitis #AnalCancer #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #InvisibleIllness #PTSD #crohnsandcolitisawareness #crohnsdiseaseawareness #crohnandcolitisawarenessweek #crohnscolitis #crohnsandcolitis #crohnswarrior #CrohnsDisease #crohnssurvivor

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    Grateful Anal Cancer Survivor

    What on my mind is this cancer really sucks and my god has to have a sense of humor,I say this because I was born under the sign
    Cancer ,but now after going through it I dislike the word, I was diagnosed with anal cancer and Hodgkin lymphoma in 2009 survived both but anal cancer came back this Mar of 20022 and that left me with a permanent colostomy bag.

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    A Reminder to Chill During Seasonal Stress

    Holiday tip for the Southern Hemisphere: Take a deep breath and dive into a refreshing pool! For those of us in the north with holiday stress, we may need to CHILL differently - well, a hot bath works for me! How do you chill?

    #Anxiety #Stress #PTSD #ChronicIllness #InvisibleIllness #UlcerativeColitis #AnalCancer #ChronicPain

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    Support from a Sunflower

    Yes Sunflower, it is "so very hard to leave (my) computer and put down the phone." Just because advice is obvious doesn't make it any easier to follow!

    #selfcare #anxietyrelief #UlcerativeColitis #AnalCancer #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #InvisibleIllness #PTSD

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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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