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Sunday, July 22, 2018

How to Get Your Grin Back Despite a Devastating Medical or Mental Health Setback


9 Av, 5778

Today is the saddest one on the Jewish calendar, the 9th of Av. But I have an upbeat message to share with you.

Some days I'm surprised to remember how my can-do approach to medical setbacks have helped people. Here's one such instance, when I became physically involved in helping someone past reconstructive leg surgery!

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How to Get Your Grin Back 
Despite a Devastating 
Medical or Mental Health Setback: 
EMPOWER Yourself to Cope 
with a Medical Challenge 

A health information management professional able to assign World Health Organization ICD medical codes for diagnoses and treatments, I learned many interesting and cost-cutting strategies for health care while at work as a medical records supervisor in hospitals. As a medical and mainstream journalist, I learned of other helpful resources for ill people. 

Over the years, I amassed a lot of this information, and earned certification in counseling. 

Then I was struck by a life-threatening but benign brain tumor. My medical team was startled to realize that I was dealing quite well with the emotionally draining aspects of the situation, and finessing the costs of my care, too. The doctors plus many people who knew me wanted to know my secret. It was information not easily learned by laymen outside the medical world, and I realized the need to share it with them. 

I invested what I knew, and how I used that information to thrive past a very debilitating experience, in a book  to be eventually updated as

It's MY Crisis! And I'll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge
Both versions received praise from medical and mental health professionals, and clergy of different faiths. 

I know from reader responses to the books that people worldwide have been helped by them. My instinct to inform you, the public, of what you need to know to get your grin back after a devastating medical or mental health setback has been well rewarded. 

I look forward to helping more people over time.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Mental Clarity in a Moment!


22 Tamuz, 5778

Whew, I've been busy as a medical school exam proctor and preparing articles for this mental health site:

I suggest that you click on the articles, check for others that I've written there, and see if they help you or someone you know.

When you want to laugh at your medical life, find solutions to problems (especially financial problems!) with it, and learn what to do about interfering in-laws and outlaws, read

Ukers might find the book especially helpful as they seek alternatives to the financially flailing NHS.

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This book is a "must read" for everyone. Through her inspiring honesty, courage and strength, Yocheved shows us how the importance of a positive attitude and will to live are both essential to healing and recovery through all of life's challenges.
- D. Topolosky, Psychologist

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Calm Down by Putting Life and its Troubles into Perspective


4 Tamuz, 5778

Life is interesting, and sometimes I get to write about that from a mental health perspective.

Calm down when you read
the articles I've written for! 

and do let me know what you think 
of the articles I've written.

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Putting Your Broken Pieces Back Together Again, to Create Beauty


21 Sivan, 5778

Some days we simply need to stop whatever we're doing, and reflect on our goals. Are we meeting them? Are they worthwhile? Are there valid reasons for changing our focus and direction?

We also need to value experiences, including failure. Failure is a time of learning, of finding out what we misunderstood, why, and how to look at things more productively.

Wounds hurt. They can also help.

Read on to understand why I'm sharing those thoughts with you. It's possible to put your broken pieces (be they a sense of self respect, a sense of security, a sense of confidence, a sense of trust, etc.) together again, and to end up with a handsome result.

Build A Better Child
We should find beauty in our brokenness 
By Boyd Matheson

We should find beauty in our brokenness
 Kintsugi is the ancient Japanese art of repairing fractured pottery by using a form of resin mixed with powdered gold.

Courageous vulnerability may be one of the most important attributes for parents and their children to develop in the modern age...

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Fill Your Heart with Wholesome Perspective


17 Sivan, 5778

Have you followed the news in Israel lately? Neighbors and I have been dodging Molotov kites loaded with incendiary devices that have been setting Israeli's agricultural fields afire, machine gun fire, missiles, hand-to-hand combat and/or stabbings as we try to go about our benign daily business. It hasn't been easy in the face of all that hatred.

Did you hear about the wedding disrupted by sirens that warned party goers and everyone in the vicinity to reach a bomb shelter in less than a minute, or of the effort to breach Israel's naval blockade which protects Jewish lives? 

The commotion was all because of the efforts to separate Jews from the land that GOD gave to us, and to annihilate us. Again.

Jewish history is full of the phenomena. Mainstream media tends to overlook that, plus the fact that Jews have been routed from our homeland many times. 

All we want to do is to live according to Jewish law, to mind our business, and to help the world at large. 

Some people perceive that as criminal behavior.
as evidenced in their slanted reporting.

People sometimes wonder how Jews survive the onslaught of hatred. The answer, of course, is in our sense of purpose. 

GOD commanded to be a nation like no other, to serve as a light, a shining example of moral behavior and choices based on GOD's agenda for the world: Kindness, decency, and sharing. Our two holy temples, which radiated heavenly blessings upon the wider world, were destroyed by foreigners who resented the "intrusion" of holiness, i.e., restraint from vicious personal agendas, into their lives.

Jews have remained focused on the goal of being good, moral people according to GOD's rules, even as we hardly know how to overcome the visceral hatred for our existence and mandate.

Last week, I joined friends for a trip to the holy city of Jerusalem, a healing experience for the soul and a treat for the body. We enjoyed the thrilling view of the restored Hurva synagogue

as we headed to the Plugat HaKotel museum.

We reached our destination, and experienced a movie about a bit of Jewish history that none of us had known: The heroism of a specific Betar Youth member who defied the Jew-hating enforcers of the British Mandate. A young man with little experience in life let alone warfare, he was one of the people who escorted Jews to the Western/Wailing Wall for time with the Creator when protecting lives from muslim murderers was illegal.

The young man accepted a new assignment, to blow shofar at the Kotel (Western/Wailing Wall) following the end of Yom Kipur services. The act of sounding the instrument of Jewish spiritual freedom was a defiance of British Mandate law, and the fulfillment of Jewish law which requires the use of a shofar at such a time. It's purpose is to make a Jew remember, and thrill, to the sense of purpose bestowed upon us by Heaven. The three distinct sounds made upon a shofar (made during Rosh HaShana/Jewish new year and Yom Kipur/Day of Atonement) remind us of the pain, weeping and suffering we've experienced during Jewish history, and the exultant cries of joy when we know that we've lived up to our heavenly mandate to be holy.

Here's a poster from the Plugat HaKotel museum, showing the faces of heroes who sounded the shofar of Jewish physical and spiritual freedom when that was an illegal act in our homeland.

I won't ruin the movie for you by revealing how it ends, but I will let you know that I left the theater unable to speak. 

I was crying at the joy of overcoming capricious hatred, the courage that an individual can muster up in one defining moment, the necessity to do so, and the overall tug of life.

How we perceive the circumstances of our lives is a matter of perspective, whether the problem is politics, health or something else. 

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Thursday, May 17, 2018

A Simple Yet Obvious Question...


3 Sivan, 5778

It's been a hectic past few days as I interact with with my usual acquaintances, prepare for the Shavuot holiday and try to remain calm despite recent horrific violence against Israel and her residents. You can read about that here, here, and here. There's this to consider, too. And some of the terrorists are paid $100 a day to behave that way.

I sometimes wonder what you believe 
as you watch mass media reports 
of the Gaza wars against Israel 
and her Jews. 

Do you remember that Israel surrendered Gush Katif for the false promise of peace? 

That thousands of Jews have been murdered for wanting to remain in our homeland? The homeland from which we've been chased out by centuries of war-mongering outsiders (Romans, Greeks, Syrians Fakestinians, etc.) whose history did not begin here?

That tourists from other lands died or were maimed in plane hijackings, bus bombings, and other anti-Israel terrorist activities?

All I want to do is to help the public to be healthier and happier. 

My friends and neighbors have similarly benign agendas. But we have to worry about dodging bullets, Molotov cocktails and other dangers as we move about the country and mind our own business or try to help someone else with theirs.

This Israeli is focused on your well-being. 

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Monday, May 14, 2018

How to become Better, not Bitter: Winning Victories, Respect and Health (inside and out).


29 Iyar, 5778

Today's the last day in the Jewish month of Iyar, which stands for "I am GOD Your Healer." Many people pray passionately for themselves, or for someone else to be healed, all month-long. Go ahead, pack in all the power of your prayers today before the unusual opportunity ends (it's not just for the Jewish kids in the class)!

Iyar has been an especially exciting month in Israel, this year. 

We've celebrated Lag B'Omer, the anniversary of introspection about how to treat other people with due respect and much more. 

We've celebrated Jerusalem Day, the re-unification of our holiest city, Jerusalem (enemies of the Jews never seem to tire of trying to wrest us and our land from each other). 

While that day dawned, news of Netta Barzilai's win at the Eurovision contest thrilled people who appreciate diversity, open-heartedness, and music. 

Today, Monday, we're noting the grand debut of the American embassy in our nation's capital, Jerusalem.

Those hard-won accomplishments reflect a great deal of struggle to overcome spiritual dilemmas, lies, violence, heartache and despair.

When you or someone else endures a diagnosis, with all its painful ramifications, you know the thrill of achieving the smallest of victories, and certainly the BIG ones. 

The ability to think and to behave without a bitterness that sabotages your efforts is a blessing borne of the courage to be forging on alone, when nobody understands the pain or emotions within you, nor your focus on achieving difficult goals. 

You choose not to blame people, 
but to develop strengths that
carry you forward.

That's called "becoming better, not bitter."

Sometimes we must simplify the many issues and complications to the barest necessities and simplest presentations. Eventually we can include multi-faceted goals and efforts in our daily lives, but only after that path has been prepared with hard inner and outer work.

Here's an example of paring down the possibilities into manageable pieces of a struggle, dealt with one at a time: a presentation of the "Toy" song without the dramatics we witnessed during the Eurovision contest.

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It bears praise from different clergy on the cover, too!

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Fill your heart and soul with healing efforts.