#NoStigma: Lessons from a patient

What our patients can teach us…

On Psych rotation, I asked a woman with Anorexia Nervosa, how do you do it? Every day, you fight back. Every day, you bite back. Every morning, you wake up choosing again to recover. And that choice has made you stronger. Every day you grow stronger!

The woman, though, wouldn’t answer. Not immediately. Instead, she took my hand, and she looked me in the eye, and she said, “Dear, I hope you never understand. I hope you never know. I hope Ana never steals the years of your life that she took from me.”

But then, she did share, and described aloud a list of 68 Thoughts in the Head of Someone with Anorexia Nervosa, specifically 68 thoughts from her life as a newlywed, 68 thoughts she shared with her spouse. She told me to process the experience slowly, because it hurts – anorexia hurts – and it’s hard – the isolation is hard – but she also told me to remember: my friend, her joy, is still in there. And boy is she strong, stronger than she may even believe!

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CLICK HERE to read the list that she spoke to me.

(This post was written and published with the permission of all parties involved. Anonymity is preserved to respect the rights of others involved in this conversation.)

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

My One Year Blogiversary!

It’s my one year blogiversary!  Won’t you join me in a walk down memory lane back to where this lovely blog started?

CLICK HERE to read my first blog post from February 20, 2016.

Thank you all for visiting my little corner of the internet for all these months.  My inbox and comment section are always open to hear from you.

Now what do you say?  Are you ready for another 12 months of joy, authenticity, and inspiration  Let’s get started!!!

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

Hope in Today

Some of my dear readers may have seen the last blog post and thought to themselves, ‘Oh my!  So many words!’  I know, I know.  The words weren’t all that conducive to a relaxing cup of tea!  But, the inspiration is something I still wish to share.  As for the context, CLICK HERE to return to the blog post of origin and see what made this inspiration appear.

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© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.

 

Pen Your Possibility

My favorite part of any story is . . .

*Drumroll, please*

The blank page. Bar and none.  Oh, how it’s filled with possibility!

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Are you ready to write your own story?  Grab pen and paper, and see what the blank page becomes!

© 2017 Mirissa D. Price: A Dental Student, A Writer, A Journey to Share.