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Who's the One Person You Should Always Keep Your Promise To?

Who's the One Person You Should Always Keep Your Promise To?

Keeping promises to yourself is a way to focus on self-nurture. This could mean making a commitment to "you" time on a regular basis to tend to yourself. Keep a regular date with yourself to focus on whatever helps you feel calm and centered in...
Posted 07/16/2019
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Telling White Lies

Telling White Lies

Have you ever told a white lie to be kind, to protect the feelings of others, or maybe to simply avoid stigma? You're not alone.For some living with a chronic condition, telling a white lie can be a way to save one's strength. Sometimes it's...
Posted 06/26/2019
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What Bill Clinton's Heart Disease Diagnosis Does for the Rest of Us

What Bill Clinton's Heart Disease Diagnosis Does for the Rest of Us

When former President Bill Clinton revealed that he had experienced warning signs of heart disease long before he had quadruple bypass surgery back in 2004, a wave of empathy and validation washed over the heart disease community. “Wow. Even him,...
Posted 06/06/2019
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Say "No" by Saying "Yes" to Something Else

Say "No" by Saying "Yes" to Something Else

Saying "no" with grace and honesty can be challenging. Sometimes our fear of ending a conversation awkwardly or letting a friend or relative down can nudge us into saying "yes" to things that are difficult for us. When managing a chronic...
Posted 06/05/2019
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A Heart Attack In Paradise - Part 2

A Heart Attack In Paradise - Part 2

The first part of this story can be found here.The next day I got in to see my family doctor. He replaced all the medication from Mexico with meds from Canada and referred me to a local cardiologist. An old-school doctor, he simply put me on a...
Posted 06/04/2019
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A Heart Attack In Paradise - Part 1

A Heart Attack In Paradise - Part 1

In January 2004, I flew with my wife and son from wintery Ottawa to sun-filled Cancun, Mexico. This was our fourth trip to Mexico and the Cancun-Cozumel-Playa Del Carmen triangle, where the reefs off Cozumel are a mecca to most scuba divers. I was...
Posted 05/23/2019
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Finding My Silver Lining

Finding My Silver Lining

When I was diagnosed with congestive heart failure (CHF) in 2007 at UCLA Medical Center, I got a lot of information from the physician. I felt very comfortable with her as she explained how this would affect my life. The information about my...
Posted 05/20/2019
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Putting Yourself First

Putting Yourself First

Have you ever put someone’s else’s needs ahead of your own? We all do it - we’re human, after all. There is a name for this generous tendency. Economists refer to this situation, when one person's well-being cannot be improved without making...
Posted 05/16/2019
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A Heart Attack and a Reality Check

A Heart Attack and a Reality Check

It felt like a huge truck was crushing my chest. It happened early in the morning. I had trouble breathing. I felt myself passing out. My boyfriend was there and quickly gave me two regular Bayer aspirins. The ambulance was there in two...
Posted 05/12/2019
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Are You Afraid to Say No?

Are You Afraid to Say No?

Yes. No. I mean – maybe? Well, okay. Have you ever wanted to be able to say "no" without feeling guilty? Without feeling you're letting someone down? Many of us struggle with disappointing anyone with a 'no.' At the same time, those two letters,...
Posted 05/01/2019
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