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Being Grateful For The Simple Pleasures

IMG_1778I’m in Ohio with my family to celebrate Thanksgiving this week. It's tempting to feel grumpy, after the way we arrived here. My last dozen trips to visit family resulted in 24-hour disasters of delays, cancellations, and sleeping on smelly carpets on the floors of O'Hare Airport. I swore off going home to be with family- until this year.

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When Life Hurts: Is It a Good Stretch or a Bad Stretch?

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A Crossroads

I am at a crossroads in my life, and as often happens at crossroads, I feel a bit of pain. Down one of three or four potential roads I might walk lies strange but exciting newness. Down another, loss, but with possibility. A third would require potentially painful growth. A fourth, complete uncertainty. None will be easy. All will require a stretch, and with stretching, we tend to hurt.

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New Pap Smear Guidelines & Why The Holistic Health of Women is in Jeopardy

docpatientGood morning, Pinkies. I just heard the news (calm down, Lissa. Breathe…) In the wake of the U.S.

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Life is Ephemeral: Living In The Moment

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Hiya Pinkies! I wrote this post last week, very early in the morning, while I was in Big Sur, and I wanted to share it with you.

Clinging to the Moment

I awoke early this morning to the nature sounds of Big Sur. My husband still sleeping, I threw on a sweater and made my way to outdoor sofa, overlooking the breathtaking view of Big Sur’s ocean cliffs. The sun was just beginning to cast its pink-hued glow on the landscape, and I ran back into the house to find my camera, so I could capture the beauty. I kept trying, take after take. But try as I might, my little Canon just couldn’t reproduce what I was seeing with my own eyes. Then I realized I needed to stop. I was trying so hard to freeze the moment in time that I was forgetting to simply enjoy it. So I put down the camera and enjoyed the sunrise, knowing that the memory of it would exist only in my mind.

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Owning Our Boobs: An Integrative Medicine MD's Thoughts on the New Mammography Recommendations

feel-your-boobies-breasts2Hiya Pinkies. I already posted something for today, but a bunch of you have come to me begging me to don my white coat and comment on the new recommendations from the U.S. Preventative Task Force about mammography in young women, so here goes.

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The Difference Between Curing and Healing

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The Origins of Pain

I saw a patient today who inspired me- let’s call her Sally. She suffers from a host of medical conditions that threaten to rob you of your mojo- fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, and chronic pelvic pain. When this young woman walked into my office, she looked like crap. Before looking at her chart, I thought she had cancer. Gaunt and pale, her skin hung on her skeleton like she was in the last grip of life. During the first half hour, she didn’t smile once. I felt the anxious tug we doctors feel when we see people like this, the one that says “I’m not going to be able to help this person,” which triggers insecurities and, often, judgments, in our own minds. It becomes about us, rather than being about them. We have a tendency to turn off because we don’t want to fail. But I vowed not to do this. Sitting in her presence, I was determined to be present for Sally and sit with whatever is true, rather than letting my own stuff get in the way.

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Mourning Dreams Lost & Why Pink Community Works

prayingsmallHiya Pinkies (said with slightly less chipper tone than usual),

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Owning New Growth: The Cleansing and Rebuilding of Big Sur

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I just returned from a fabulous long weekend in Big Sur, where I visited my friends Toby Rowland-Jones and Linda Sonrisa, who were hosting the first ever Big Sur Food & Wine Festival. The festival was Toby's brainchild, intended as a way to stimulate Big Sur's economy after last year's fires took a bite out of tourist traffic. Not only did the festival raise over $30,000 in funds to support the community, it also sold out hotels and filled local restaurants to the brim. Even more importantly, it cemented the sometimes fragmented community, as they rallied to rebuild, linking arm in arm with local winemakers, chefs, friends, and neighbors from far and wide. More on the festival soon, but first, a few thoughts about new growth...

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Words of Inspiration From Pink Goddess India Arie

beautifulflowerPink Goddess Janet Perlman just turned me on to this India Arie song. It's so PINK I can't resist sharing it with you all. Enjoy!

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