Hemangioma - Our Story

I was thrown into the world of hemangiomas just recently.  A hemangioma is an abnormal growth of blood vessels in the skin. It generally occurs in babies right after birth up to 6 weeks. Hemangiomas can be deep or superficial.  A deep hemangioma is under the skin and a superficial is on the surface of the skin. There are several treatments out there including surgery, medication, and the "wait and see" approach....more

Losing it all to alcohol: A powerful story of triumph against a common and destructive disease

 Growing up, Tracy Nickel never thought she would one day become an alcoholic. Turns out she did. Nickel has been sober now almost five years.Her story begins when she had her first drink at age 16. At first it was all for fun like everybody else. She said she didn’t really have a problem with alcohol until her late 20s and into her early 30s....more

Truth and Co-dependency

My grandfather died of cirrhosis of the liver.  One of my uncles, that same grandfather's son, was an alcoholic.  Both my brothers are addicts/alcoholics. Actually, my oldest brother died this year and you can read about that here if you'd like.  I have at least 5 cousins who are addicts/alcoholics....more

The truth about Carcinophobia and how to treat this rare and irrational fear of cancer

Carcinophobia is a comparatively rare phobia, which consists of extreme and irrational fear of getting cancer. People affected with carcinophobia often display symptoms close to those to other disorders such as OCD and social phobia, for example. They will tend to think that they can get cancer from anything, and that it is contagious, which clearly is not the case. This extreme fear will cause people suffering of carcinophobia to frequently washing their hands, feel anxiety, panic and hyperventilation. Other symptoms include headaches, sweating, trembling and even panic attacks....more

Therapy

My first client of the day today was a super nice kid - 20 year old college student, athletic, handsome, the whole package. Yet he's never dated a girl due to various issues but I'll call it extreme shyness. He's not the first kid I've had like this - male or female. It's heartbreaking to me that these kids, or adults really I should say, have so little confidence in themselves. How does this happen? Is it having emotionally absent parents? Is is having parents who are physically absent because they both had to work a zillion hours a week to pay the bills?...more

Radioactive Iodine Treatment: How I Got My Super Powers

Melissa takes us through the story of her radioactive iodine treatment to do away with her thyroid cancer once and for all, proving beyond the shadow of a down that humor is one of the best treatments of them all. ...more
I am about to receive my RAI in a week n a half and reading this story made me and my mother ...more

Why We Need Awareness – Endometriosis

Hello, my name is Onagh, and I’m … Well, I’m back. I am a Severe Stage IV Aggressive survivor.  I was diagnosed in 1999 for the final time with Chronic Severe Aggressive Stage IV Endometriosis.  I have been silent in the Endo Community for many years now, and in the stretch to get my Memoir into manuscript form on the 12th Anniversary of my 1999 surgery, I have recently re-joined and have been reading Endo mail and blogs....more

The Faces of Rheumatoid Arthritis

I don't know about you all, but as hard as I try to stay positive, I have my negative, lonely RA days too. When you wake up in sweltering pain knowing that it's going to be a difficult day before you even get out of bed in the morning, it's easy to feel down. On day's like this, I personally find myself asking myself a million questions. Like, "why was I targeted with this painful chronic disease called Rheumatoid Arthritis? Why do my joints constantly ache?...more

Welcome To My Dark Carnival: The Beginning (Part 2, may be triggering)

Scale of Lies! Gaze into the crystal ball of Madam Marie Claire! See our newest funhouse, Mutilation Madness! Ride the Cocaine Train and the hellacious Bulimicoaster! Visit the Halls of Increasingly-Cherubic Mirrors, now with Talking Conscience! Every step you take drags you deeper into the abyss! Nobody knows where it ends, and some don't ever see daylight again! Are you willing to risk it all in the Dark Carnival?...more

Welcome To My Dark Carnival: The Beginning (Part 1, may be triggering)

Step right up! Free admission to the Dark Carnival! Where every mirror twists your self-perception and your body to mammoth proportions! Step onto the Scale of Lies! Gaze into the crystal ball of Madam Marie Claire! See our newest funhouse, Mutilation Madness! Ride the Cocaine Train and the hellacious Bulimicoaster! Visit the Halls of Increasingly-Cherubic Mirrors, now with Talking Conscience! Every step you take drags you deeper into the abyss! Nobody knows where it ends, and some don't ever see daylight again! Are you willing to risk it all in the Dark Carnival?...more