• Needling the Issue: Using Acupuncture to Get Pregnant

    September 7, 2016

    We’ve all heard the urban myth, “My friend’s neighbor’s cousin got pregnant after 8 years of trying during her second month of using acupuncture,” but is the money, commitment, and of course overcoming the fear of being stuck with tons of needles worth it? I decided to find out and have spent the past fifteen…

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  • Diagnosis: Grief? (Part III)

    September 5, 2016

    In Diagnosis: Grief? and Diagnosis: Grief? (Part II) I wrote about the proposal to remove the bereavement exclusion from the diagnostic information for Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) in the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-IV). All of the proposed changes have been reviewed and the final decisions have been made as to what…

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  • Self Care: Exercise

    August 15, 2016

      I know all too well how easy it can be to plop yourself on the couch with the TV, computer or book as your escape, your way to spend your free time. When you’re grieving or hurting, mourning the loss or the baby that may or may not ever be, it frequently feels good…

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  • Self Care: Support Groups

    August 2, 2016

    I was convinced that support groups weren’t for me. I completed my grief counseling and I had the support of a Stephen Minister, a lay caregiver trained through our church. I had all the help I needed, I thought. But I didn’t realize that something was missing.  I had been referred to a support group…

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  • When the News Triggers Your PTSD

    July 20, 2016

    After my daughter died, my doctor told me that PTSD was a possibility, “It’s like you’ve been to war,” she explained. We are loss mom warriors. We have been to battle, and some of us do get PTSD. I started having anxiety and nightmares. I started avoiding situations. I was suffering from post traumatic stress…

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  • Self-Care: “Me Time”

    July 6, 2016

    You should take some “Me Time”–time to yourself doing something that’s only for you. Your son or daughter has died. You’ve taken the umpteenth negative pregnancy test. You’ve just walked away from an ultrasound where they saw no heartbeat. You feel very alone. We all do when these things happen. Then why on earth would I…

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  • Baby Weight Without the Baby

    July 5, 2016

    When my daughter died, I gained at least 80 pounds. I ate my way through grief. I loved comfort food, coupled with a total inability to fully function and cook, I would eat ice cream for dinner followed by a candy bar (yummmm, chocolate). I remember standing in front of the oven and trying to…

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