I had the pleasure of working with August McLaughlin again last week. This time, she interviewed me for her podcast. We talked about cancer, eating disorders, identity and more. You can check out her blog post about eating disorder myths here. Myth #1 includes the link to the podcast we did. Enjoy!
This post is part of August McLaughlin's "Beauty of a Woman Blog Fest". Check out all the posts in the fest here. A while ago, I wrote a post in my "Dancer with Cancer" series about how weird bodies can be. And in my MFA work, we've been exploring thealogy as an embodied experience, versus [...]
Our culture prizes knowledge greatly (well, except for Donald Trump and Sarah Palin). We are encouraged to do well in school and go to college. Then, to move up in our jobs, we are encouraged to get advanced degrees, or take more training. The learning never ends. Nor should it. But. How do you KNOW? [...]
Since we were small, we were told to "give it our all", "give 100%". Motivating, maybe. But, the thing is, you can't give 100%. I can't give 100%. And believe me, I've been trying. 100% by Albertogp My nature is to be a hard worker. I've been working for over half my life [...]
I met Julia online. She runs a great blog and coaching program, all around empowerment. She shared my story last week. You can see it here. Thanks, Julia!
One of the most important things I've learned in my cancer journey is how important the right doctor is, the right kind of care. So when I had to change doctors this year, I got recommendations from my social worker. She didn't steer me wrong! I had a great new patient visit this morning. She [...]
In one of my classes, I'm reading The Rebirth of the Goddess by Carol Christ. Christ’s discussion of our own need for control deeply resonated with me. Ever since my cancer diagnosis, I have been struggling with issues of control. I first faced these issues nearly 20 years ago in the form of an eating disorder. With [...]
I've heard it said that control is the heart of abuse. But the at the heart of control is fear. Fear that you won't get what you want. Fear that the world doesn't exist only in the way you see it. Fear that you are wrong. If we could learn to replace fear with love, [...]
Read the Dancer with Cancer parts 1, 2, and 3. "Bodies are weird." I say that to my clients all the time. I also say, "The body is different every day."Another thing I frequently say is "You are the only one in your body". I am just now learning the truth of these statements. I [...]
Read The Dancer with Cancer Part 1 here and 2 here. In my therapy I've been working through the issues raised by feelings of my betrayal from body. With that, and in writing my personal essay for grad school, there are certain themes that come together. Connecting body and soul. Telling women's stories. It's not [...]