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How to Exercise While Chronically Ill

I have been chronically ill for over seven years, and had chronic pain for four. Living in this state, exercise is not easy, I’m only 24 years old and close to diabetes. But no excuses, it’s time to take care of myself.

The first step in getting into the exercise habit is to find your reason, your main motive. Whether it’s for you to fit into that amazing dress, to be healthier, for your kids or partner, anything! If downloading “Pokemon Go” or another game will help to make getting out and about fun, do that! My reason is for my self-esteem, confidence, and my future.

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A Life of Misperception: Living with Body Dysmorphic Disorder

When you stop and think about it, the human species is the ultimate variety pack. We embody a collection of physical features in a staggering array of combinations. In all their diverse glory, though, most people are dissatisfied with at least one of their features. Some want a smaller nose or a flatter stomach. Others want to be taller or to have bigger muscles. Some yearn for thick, luscious hair, while others dream of a movie star smile. Despite these insecurities, people generally go on living their lives.

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Why Adventures are Good for the Soul

Good movies often set the bar real high for real life. Empire Records ruined the concept of the familial record store just a few years before they disappeared into obscurity. Casper ruined the concept of the perfect romance – like all boyfriends don’t turn out to be Devon Sawa in the end? And then there was The Goonies – setting the highest bar for adventure, and a story I will attempt to capture in my own life for the rest of it.

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A Very Real Pain Acknowledged

Starting in 2008/2009, Patient “Mahrta” started to feel pain on the right side of her face. Starting out as shooting pain pulsing behind her eyes, the pain would eventually travel to the side of her nose and to two of her bottom teeth. Everyday tasks such as brushing and flossing her teeth, washing her face and hair, putting on make-up, wind, and even sleeping in certain ways  proved to be impossible because of the pain. At times, this pain would bring her to uncontrollable tears.

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Your Intolerance is Making People Sicker – Here’s Why

Imagine the sun’s scalding rays beating down on your back. As you will your legs to continue moving, every step threatens to betray you. Rivers of sweat streak your skin, stinging your eyes. As the blinding daylight obscures your vision, your heart hammers in futility. Your body weakens, and you question your resolve to continue. After all, in this race, there is no finish line.

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Alternative Fitness

As a teenager, I ran angrily to Limp Bizkit and hated it. The elliptical during college to Blink182 and Something Corporate was monotonous. Endless sit-ups to Marilyn Manson seemed futile. Growing up, I always thought working out had to be awful and un-fun and painful. Plus, I always compared myself to other girls’ bodies and in their pink spandex and sleek swinging ponytails, I thought I could never compare. It always felt more like punishment than something healthy.

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