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Monday, September 17, 2018

Praying for a Year of Health, Healing, and Happiness

BS'D

8 Tishrei, 5779

I am mourning the murder of an acquaintance yesterday, and recovering from the fact that on Saturday/Shabbat afternoon, my neighbors and I were evacuated to safety by police while sappers dealt with a potentially explosive situation literally outside the entrance of where I live. 

Someone had placed a suspicious object there, and disappeared. Bullhorned police requests to claim the item were not answered. That indicated a dangerous situation for everyone on my street.

Jews usually spend the 10 days between Rosh HaShana and Yom Kipur in deep, spiritual contemplation and restorative behavior. Our lifelong goal is to become refined, compassionate beings who improve the world at large. However, Jews around the world are facing rising hatred. Here in Israel we've dealt with months, literally months, of arson. Our farms, forests, and other properties have been set ablaze, thousands of acres burned. 

Other acts of visceral hatred have happened around the globe this past year.

We've literally spent our year in life and death situations.

I pray that humanity will lose its hatred for anything. The 10 Commandments tell us not to commit specific crimes, though they have been perpetrated daily since that momentous day at Sinai.



May GOD bless the world with serenity, safety, healing, and security.

I will be offline the next few days. Yom Kipur begins tomorrow night and ends the following night. 

I will spend time from now until then in prayer, meditation, and relaxation (so that I can better withstand the 25-hour fast from food and drink coming up).





May your year be filled with health and healing inside and out. 

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Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism.

Fill your actions with peaceful purpose.

Friday, September 14, 2018

A Personal Story: How Coping with Tragedy in a Positive Way Saved My Life

B'SD

5 Tishrei, 5779

You've read this blog and I pray that you've read the book. If not, you just might after you read




A Personal Story: How Coping with Tragedy in a Positive Way Saved My Life

coping with tragedy

It’s one thing to meet me, then to gradually realize that something is different but hard to identify. People sometimes remark on that, saying “What’s unusual about you? You’re so… upbeat. But I get the sense that you struggle with something.” That “something” resulted in my making medical history, though that was not my goal. Surviving a life-threatening medical problem and the risky emergency surgery to save me from it, was my objective. It all started when I didn’t feel well in 2003.
Doctors mentioned that they couldn’t find anything wrong with me, though I was stumbling from the effort to walk correctly, struggling to prevent food and drinks from dribbling out my mouth, and feeling tired all the time. I even struggled to read or to write, and that’s not a good situation for a writer. When I ended up in an emergency room after waking up completely blind one day, life took a dramatic whip into a whirlwind of activity focused at saving my very endangered life... 
The rest of the story is here.






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Fill your time and efforts with progress.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Listening to Me on Internet Radio Might Make YOU Smile!

B'SD 

 4 Elul, 5779 

 You might find my "Winning at Life through Pain" comments on this long-ago radio show helpful. 

The hostess Marla Martindale and I discuss some of the coping skills presented in the EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge 


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 book, and share some laughter about the healing journey. 

 Laughter is not something that many of us expect to hear when someone is facing a devastating medical challenge. I wrote the book to help you to "Get your grin back."


 



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Fill your heart and mind with healing, coping, and happiness just because you can!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

YOU are Your own Best Advocate!

B'SD

3 Tishrei, 5779

It's a new year, ripe with fresh beginnings for everyone on the planet. 


But what if you need help to deal with some medical professional who doesn't seem to be meeting your needs or those of a loved one?


One of the things that many patients find 
hard to do 
is to speak up for themselves.

They're intimidated by the educations and uniforms of medical personnel, and even more intimidated by rude, rushed, and oblivious medical staff members. Some of them have too many patients to care for in a short amount of time, and with limited resources. THAT is the very reason, though, that a person needs to advocate for themselves in a medical setting and with a medical situation. 


You need to command 
the focused attention 
of the medical professionals 
who are supposed to 
care for your needs!

It's one thing to feel bewildered by everything that's going on and another to be additionally limited by medical care that seems to be missing in action. It makes a person even more scared to speak up, though they're panicking that something is going terribly wrong. 

They wonder what to do, "Speak up, or stay quiet and let the doctors, technicians, nurses and orderlies do their work?" The inner debate doesn't necessarily solve problems and it sure doesn't calm down worried people aka patients and their loved ones.

The truth is that you need to advocate for yourselves - especially when you sense that things are not proceeding in optimal fashion

The story below points out the necessity of "Self Advocacy." The irony of the  event was that two board-certified doctors, the parents of the sickly child, were being ignored, abused, and made frantic as their child's life was jeopardized by insufficient medical care. 

Read all about that in



Hair-raising stuff. We seek out medical professionals to heal us or to minimize our medical problems. When they aren't prepared to do so, or resist the need to care for us appropriately, YOU have a call to action.

Learn what to do when you read the "YOU are your own best advocate" section in


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Fill your mouth with helpful words, and your hands with pro-active behavior. SHOW the doctors, nurses and everyone else that section of the EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge book if necessary.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Need to LOWER Your Healthcare Costs?

B'SD

29 Elul, 5778

It's the last day of 5778 and a MEDPAGE Today update announced that

"Unexpected medical bills top the list of Americans' biggest fears about healthcare costs. (NBC News)"


You KNOW where to find cost-cutting information, so share the news with friends. All of you can check out the Global Resources section of

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You'll find out how to apply to worldwide charitable organizations ready and willing to pay some or all of an applicant's medical bills (medication, medical care, medical transport, medical eqipment, and MORE!).

I'm going to enjoy the two-day Jewish New Year Rosh HaShana holiday which begins in about an  hour from the time I made this blogpost go "live." I'll be praying for the multifaceted benefit of everyone on the planet.

I'm zonked from cooking enough festive food for the next 48 hours. Now it's time to enjoy the sweetness of my efforts and the start-over season brimming with blessings.

See you in a few days.

 


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Fill your plate with happiness.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

September is Self-Care Awareness Month!

B'SD

26 Elul, 5779.

Wellness is a hot topic these days, and so is Do-it-Yourself care. As we plod our way through Self-Care Awareness September, we can make choices that improve our well-being.

Read all the remarks above the margin and on the right side of this blog. 

Take charge of your health in innovative ways. 

Reduce your misery from a health issue with can-do strategies and attitudes that leave you smiling.

Health and happiness are not one-size-fits-all prescriptions. Each of us has unique chemistries, issues, insights and skills. You owe it to yourself to learn how to to improve your individual quality of life.

You can do that.





Recreate your future.

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Fill your time with pro-active behavior.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Move Your Muscles More Often!

B'SD

25 Elul, 5778

If you haven't heard the news by now, 1.4 BILLION of you need to move your muscles more often:


Even if you are in a wheelchair, using a cane or walker, there are health-enhancing movements that you can do. Ask a physical or occupational therapist to you some, and keep doing those that appeal to you. Once in a while, and more often than that, you can do exercises that you don't especially like, just because they're good for you.

Here's a look at how exercise can improve your appearance and mood, too:

An excellent article by Yocheved Golani!
And it even has some quotes from me!
Such a blessing!!!

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Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism.

Fill yourself with feel-better behaviors.