Anxiety may expedite the onset of Alzheimer's

Oh, great. Now those of us with anxiety of yet another thing to worry about. A new study says that people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) who have anxiety can further increase their risk of cognitive decline and even speed up the onset of Alzheimer's.In addition, there's mounting evidence that late-life depression could add to the risk of Alzheimer's.So how bad is the anxiety issue? According to this research from Canada, anxiety in MCI patients increased the risk of Alzheimer's by up to 135%. Yikes! ...more

My Thirties Body Image

I have been thirty-years-old for almost exactly a month (October 12th) and my body image has taken a hit; I've started looking more closely at my face, and my skin, which has always been a point of pride for me. Turning 30 and seeing signs of that is not what has me upset, though. I'm upset, because I got on the scale, and I found out that I weigh too little....more
I am a disaster in the kitchen, so I understand this. It is not completely unusual for me to go ...more

Worry on Wednesdays?

Today's NaBloPoMo prompt is If you could permanently get rid of one worry, what would it be?Mondays would be a good start.Okay let me backup, Mondays were not fun for my family. I am not sure exactly why but Mondays made the entire family proverbial stomach flipflop. While Sunday dinner was a tradition of get together it was Monday that would send us into a tizzy. I didn't like Mondays because of high school I probably never finished my homework and could not figure out what to wear....more
AuthorMCaldwell Yes I totally forgot about Garfield ! I do like spaghetti too...maybe I should ...more

Unstuck and Working: Anchors of Calm

In the past week, I have taught two HypnoBirthing classes. There's a switch in my head that flips, when I have agreed to help a family, and I take my meds, get in my car, and I... show up. Always. I've never missed a class. Business hasn't exactly been booming, but when I commit, I show....more

Things Will Never Be the Same Again

 As most of you know by now, I have both anxiety disorder and panic disorder (and depression, and an endocrine disorder, and asthma… the last one is just my body’s way of diversifying its illness portfolio). If you read what I posted yesterday about when I was first diagnosed with panic disorder, then you know that it was what we in the business call, “a difficult time”....more
Iamlovepersonified82 JoAnneApple LoveYourHeartBlog Thank you for sharing your personal struggles ...more


I went to bed right after the kids last night. Or just before, if you count me dozing off on the couch while Cransky read Percy Jackson "The Lightning Thief" to River. Magnolia had already succumbed to the heavy eyes that follow the falling back of the clock and I had tucked her in, and sang to her The Dance. ...more

The Power of a Good Mantra

“Breathing in, I calm body and mind. Breathing out, I smile. Dwelling in the present moment I know this is the only moment.” ― Thích Nhất Hạnh, Being Peace ...more


I am hanging on.I have felt like I was hanging on by just a thread for what has felt like weeks and weeks but everyday I become a little bit more fragile; a little bit more delicate.I feel thin. I feel changed.A cold, crisp breeze hits me in just the right way.I detach.For a moment, or longer, I feel terrified. I feel lost and blind and confused.Then, something magical happens.I float.Breeze upon breeze find my tiny, thin body and twirl me between them.I dance....more

We Don't Love Kindergarten...and That's OK

My older son started kindergarten this year, and we were expecting him to love it once he got past initial worries.  He was anxious to begin with – he was worried he wouldn’t know anyone, worried he would be late to school , worried his teacher might not be as nice as his preschool teacher had been.  Once school started and he realized he did know kids in his class, that it’s ok to be late once in a while, and that his teacher is just as nice as the preschool teacher, I figured it would be smooth sailing....more

A Bad Dream - This is an Alice© Cartoon