Posts tagged with: Health

“If you do not fight, you will not win.”

Stones
Image by Fr Antunes via Flickr

A recent message from my young adult pastor really moved me spiritually, but it also has had an effect on my life outside of my faith in Christ.

John Mark reminded us, in the war of life, “if you do not fight, you will not win,” and it struck me that this comes into play with our health, too – especially those with chronic illnesses. If you choose to “give up,” you can never actually “win.” If you choose to educate yourself, give yourself material to fight with you can learn the best methods to “fix” the problem. While you may never have a cure, you can find treatments, support and other options besides giving up.

When I heard that I might have fibromyalgia, instead of just accepting it and moving on knowing that I have an incurable syndrome, I did a ton of reading. This reading lead me to believe I *didn’t* have fibro! I approached my doctor, encouraged him to do some more studying of my body and he realized that I was right. What I do have is ankylosing spondylitis, which is no more curable or stoppable than fibromyalgia, but I know now different treatment methods. I chose to fight, I will choose to win.

I just wanted to encourage you today to keep that line in mind … “if you don’t fight, you will not win.”

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Nasal allergies

1. How appropriate that I choose a picture of a pollinated flower for this post.
2. I have seasonal nasal allergies.
3. They have set in.

I could go into some deep history about my nasal allergy issues, but my first clearest nasal allergy related memory is in fifth grade. Mrs. Simshauser’s classroom was on the edge of the track/football field and it was a warm spring day in Southern Oregon. We had the windows open, and someone began to mow the field. My sneezing started soon thereafter. After about sneeze number seven, I started keeping a penciled tally on my desk. At sneeze 52 (yes, fifty two sneezes!) my teacher sent me out of the room to the office. I got sent home because of my allergies.

For years I was treated with Benedryl – I grew up in a house without health insurance – going to the doctor becuase my eyes were itchy and my nose was runny was unnecessary. By high school I had developed a resistance to Benedry so I had moved on to Tylenol Allergy stuff. It worked as well as it could, but between April and June, I was known to have an entire box of Kleenex stuffed in my backpack along with my books and pens.

Since then I have lived in Linn County, Oregon – the grass seed capital of the world and wandered my apartment with Kleenex stuffed up my nose to prevent it from dripping all over. I have tried prescription and over-the-counter medications for my allergies, but nothing really touches them. Until last year.

Last spring I was able to create my own concoction of prescription and OTC medications (with approval of my doctor, no worries there!) to stave off my seasonal nasal allergies for the most part. With a few nightly squirts of Nasocort and a pill of generic Zyrtec, I was able to go through the day without sneezing on clients or having to wander my bank branch with Kleenex shoved up my nostrils.

While this may not be the “easiest” way to treat nasal allergies (there are tons of methods out there, some of which I will address later this week), it works for me. As my allergies have started affecting my daily life again (I’m wandering my apartment with a pink and brown box of Kleenex) I’m heading to the store to stock up on some nose spray and some generic Zycam to make this nose stop running!

What do you commonly use to treat your seasonal nasal allergies?

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Neutrogena MoistureShine Lipstick

Lipstick used to make a symbolic kiss.
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Have any of you been able to try the new Neutrogena MoistureShine lipstick that’s out?

“So lush. So creamy. And clinically proven to keep lips moist for 8 hours. An exclusive conditioning blend replenishes lips’ moisture reserves. In a range of 20 shades.”

I don’t wear lipstick very often because I find that it oftentimes dries out my lips and that just makes them look ugly when I am wearing lipstick, so I am curious about whether the Neutrogena stuff works like they claim.

Anyone have any experience or do I have to just buy a tube and experiment myself!?!?

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Christians with Chronic Illness

Chronic Pain Barbie
Image by Migraine Chick via Flickr

When people ask me to describe myself, this is how it goes: “I’m a Christian bank teller, I also write health articles for websites. I read, I write, I watch a lot of TV and I listen to a lot of music. I also have chronic pain including migraines and arthritis in my back.”

Thanks to Diana at Somebody Heal Me, I now know that there are tons of other Christians with chronic illnesses out there, and I have found a new support network. She recently shared about a Christians With Chronic Illness Blog Carnival that I never would have thought to search for on my own! Talk about a boost for my soul!

From what I can tell so far, Chronic Illness and Pain Support seems to be a great blog that provides just what it says; Christian support for those of us with chronic illnesses and pain! I’m excited to be a part of the following and hope that I’ll be able to get involved in future carnivals!

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How to read people

Paper Kite
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According to Joe Navarro, former FBI special agent (I want that job) and author of What Every Body Is Saying, you can learn to read people pretty well with just three little tips.

*If a person smokes or bites her nails excessively, she is soothing herself because she’s stressed.
*If someone preens (wears his hair perfectly styled or has beautifully manicured nails) it’s usually a healthy sign of confidence and self-respect. (I have trouble with this one because my hands/nails normally look like hell (dealing with paper all day) and I am a pretty confident and self-respecting woman.)
*Wearing a locket with a photograph or even a bracelet with someone’s names or initials on it shows that the wearer values relationships, traditions and family. (Or they’re a creepy stalker.)

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Where a single gal gives dating “advice” to dudes

According to a Cosmo web poll, 72 percent of guys have pulled the “slow fade” to avoid breaking up with a girl.

Excuse me? What kind of dude can’t look his girlfriend in the face and say “this isn’t working?” Really. How hard is it? Whether you “pull a slow fade” from her life or just break up with her like a man, it’s going to hurt. DUH.

Think about breakups like band-aids – the faster a band-aid is pulled off, the less length of time it hurts, right? Breakups are kinda like that. Draw them out and they just hurt and hurt and hurt and hurt.

Buck up guys. (To the other 18% of you, good for you. Thanks for not being bungholio-esque!)

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Sex education versus abstinence only education

Photograph showing rolled up condom
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I am a Christian woman.
I support waiting to have sex until a person is married.
HOWEVER, I know the majority of people do not believe the way that I do.
I fully believe in educating the majority – those who choose to have sex outside of marriage.

My long-term goal is to go into HIV/AID education prevention … internationally … in places where sex more often than not happens before, after, during and outside of marriage. I want to work in HIV/AIDS prevention with communities and cultures where condoms are taboo. I want to work with women who feel as though they have no say in their own sex life. I want to educate these women on the fact that they have a choice. They can fight.

I recently watched The Education of Shelby Knox on NetFlix (onDemand … oh how I love thee!) and connected so deeply to Shelby’s motivations and goals that I would like to meet her in person to speak with her, to hug her, to offer her my full support as a woman a decade older than her. This week’s goal is to find a way to reach her and let her know that I fully support the works she is involved in to see what else I can do to further the mission that we both share. One of the quotes, from the movie (that I stayed up until 1am to finish!) that clearly resonated was: “God cannot use blind followers.” My eyes are open wide, and I hope that yours will be, too.

Just because I am a Christian woman does not mean that I believe you can’t TEACH sexual education. Abstinence only education does not work – it has been proven time and time again. Abstinence education ALONG with condom and other forms of birth control use on the other on hand has been shown to reduce teen pregnancy, reduce the rate of sexually transmitted infections (STIs/STDs), but still, it is rarely taught within the public education system. This needs to change.

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A humiliating bus stop

Part of me wants to be appalled, but most of me is giggling at the advertising ploy behind it.

You sit on the bench at the bus stop and your weight is clearly displayed for all to see. The gym guilts someone into joining their establishment with creative advertising! Fitness First, a health club in the Netherlands hopes to increase their gym membership numbers by embarrassing the every-day bus rider.

Read more of the original article at Gizmodo!

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Sulu Beauty – Paint & Peel nail polishes

Sula Beauty - Paint & Peel in RubyJust because your nail polish is environmentally friendly doesn’t mean that it has to be boring!

Sula Beauty has an amazing line of nail polish that has eliminated the need for chemical-based removers; their nail polishes are meant to last a few days before you can peel it off!

With both a Sula collection and a Trend collection, these bottles of eco-friendly nail polish are gorgeous and you can find a hue to go with any outfit you’re putting together.

Sula is about highly wearable products designed to compliment you, not define you. Your look and mood changes throughout the day so your products should too: Two different nail colours in one day? With Sula Paint and Peel, Yes! And Yes!

Susanne Lang, founder of Sula Beauty has it right when she says “break rules, set trends and always play pretty.”

Find a store near you that carries Sula Beauty products!

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