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Acceptance

Acceptance doesn’t come easily, but it is a relief when it does. My fellow spoonies understand this! My Word Baths are a morning ritual when I invite a word to pop up and then see what definition arises. #InflammatoryBowelDiseaseIBD #Anxiety #ChronicIllness #AnalCancer #CrohnsDisease #Colitis #Cancers

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Chocolate is the Best Medicine!

Chocolate in most of its forms usually works for me! (Although often, for medical reasons, it is only a visual pleasure.) Word Bath is my morning meditation/writing exercise where I ask myself for a word for the day and then listen to whatever definition emerges.#chronicillness #Alternativemedicine #alternativemedicines #UlcerativeColitis #crohnsandcolitis #AnalCancer #themightysite #TheMighty #anxietyrelief #Ptsdrecovery

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VACATE

"Emptying a space for the new to be revealed." So that is what happens when we take a vacation! Word Baths are my morning meditation, I ask for a word for the day, write down what pops into my head and then define it. (My husband Ron (and sons) built this beautiful wooden kayak.) #dailyaffirmations #dailyrituals #definitions #Meditation #anxietyrelief #anxietysupport #Ptsdrecovery #PTSDawareness #Selflove #selfcare #UlcerativeColitis #AnalCancer #ChronicIllness #ChronicPain #NarcissisticAbuse #CoerciveControl

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The Ocean as Support for Grief

The ocean has been a reliable companion when I've struggled with grief. Its immense presence seems to help contain my tears. Word Baths are my ritual of defining my word for the day. (Thankfully not sad today, but offering for those who are.)

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

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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