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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Want to COPE with Medical and/or Mental Health Problems, even the Loneliness Involved?


1 Cheshvan, 5779

It's the beginning of Cheshvan, the Jewish month following all the new year holidays. One of the sad facts about Cheshvan is that it lacks holidays. It's a lonely month.

Loneliness seems to be a BIG topic these days. 

This headline 

describes the problem.

One of the realities of dealing with an illness is the loneliness that goes with the hard work, the need to rest, the lack of visitors you hoped would arrive, and so much more.

There's a book that addresses the issue of loneliness, among other relevant topics for people facing medical challenges. 

The bonus is that it helps readers to get their grins back! And the text is designed to be shared with medical plus mental health professionals, loved ones, and/or friends.

That's one quick way to end the loneliness of being sick!

Be sure to read the Global Resources section. 
It has information to lower the expenses for your care!

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Replace the emptiness with UPBEAT ideas.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

What to do When Narcissists Prey on People at Large, Including YOU!


30 Tishrei, 5779

Narcissists are a perplexing, painful topic. They are me-oriented people who do not hesitate to harm someone in order to elevate themselves. Worse, they lie and confuse their victims by misrepresenting facts and intentions. 

There's one specific sort of personality on which narcissists prey most often and with special vigor: Empaths.

Empaths are highly intuitive people with finely tuned sensitivities to the people and environment about them. Giving, altruistic, and sometimes naive, empaths can be helpful to a fault: theirs. They give too much, wearing themselves out. Empaths need to focus on boundaries, limits that protect their inner and outer health.

Narcissists tend to abuse the giving nature of empathic people, taking advantage of their time, focus, and energy. Sometimes they steal items or damage reputations, too. It's an expression of the narcissist's  manipulative "Me, me, me" mindset.

Want to end the problem, or at least to minimize it?

I recommend that you read 

The book is filled with proven strategies for protecting yourself from unusually selfish people, narcissists included, even if you're not an empath.

As Dr. Orloff writes in her book-related blog, "In my book The Empath’s Survival Guide I discuss that empaths must strike a balance of energy going out and energy coming in. Sensitive people have such big hearts that they often err on the side of giving too much to friends, family, spouses, and children. This wears you out.

Back to my book review: A comforting and easy to understand book without psychological jargon, The Empath’s Survival Guide  can educate the average reader into understanding what and why some perplexing things are going on. The book holds can-do self-protection strategies. 

There's another bonus to the book: It holds insights into the nature of being an empath. Such people have sensitivities that are a bit different from the norm. Noise, physical proximity (how closely you're sitting, standing or sleeping near someone), social interactions and other things tend to drain an empath's energy, leaving the empath feeling unhappy or irritated. The Empath’s Survival Guide offers ideas on how to de-stress, how to prevent stress, and how to finesse stress when you're stuck in some situation or other.

There's an upside to being empathic, too: Empaths are far more aware of various realities than most people would be. Empaths know someone's mood before encountering them or soon after sharing face time with crowds or individuals. That lets them interact with people in some highly powerful, productive ways.

There's more to know about being an empath, and much to look forward to by having the gift of empathic insight. You'll learn about that in the book.

I've reviewed Dr. Orloff's books for years, and recommend them highly. 

If a narcissist is bothering you, read The Empath’s Survival Guide.

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mental health problems, 
including the expenses for your care?

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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Some Rumors Result in Positive Interactions


25 Tishrei, 5779

Mainstream news media is far too often preoccupied with rumors and innuendos that only hurt people even though they're innocent of wrongdoing. Read on for a story about a rumor that turned out to be true and to the believer's benefit!

Here's a sample of some real-time interaction with someone who learned of the EMPOWER Yourself book by having heard of my miraculous recovery, then finding me on a facebook forum for meningioma sufferers (the event was about a rumor that went in a positive direction):

Question for the PC/CPA veterans: If you have lasting deficits from your treatment, are they consistent with what you were warned could be the risks posed by treatment?

Yocheved Golani YES. I was warned that I'd have double vision IF I stopped being blind, and possibly trigeminal nerve issues. I've ended one problem and the other is still resolving. I take physical therapy classes once weekly to minimize balance issues due to the decreasing double vision.




 You have the most amazing narrative of healing and resilience!



 My emerging sense of what the consulting doctors could do is to be comprehensive in the scope of warnings/disclosures, be clear about things that while possible are unusual/remote risks, tell us if there will be reason to hope for progress and what supSee More



 Yocheved it strikes me that you seemed so medically literate before your diagnosis/crisis. You have a real command of narrative, and would have great advice for how to proceed with developing a PC/CPA-targeted summary for new patients to work with? Ideas welcome! I'd love to pull together a few information resources (the "not benign" draft letter for anyone wanting to appeal for research funding, and a "briefing" for new PC/CPA patients on questions/considerations to help get the most out of their medical appointments are just concepts right now, but gathering ideas. I've got about 6 months before we sell our house and move, and I thought I might work on a few rainy day projects along these lines while I can. Next year, might be less available.


Yocheved Golani I've been a Health Information Management professional for decades and poured the healing information I knew into the EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge print and E- book - stuff that laypeople would never guess could exist. 

It's beyond sad that the medical world is not prepared to share significant amounts of healing information with patients. I've lost count of how many doctors from around the world have interviewed me (face to face!) so they could learn the techniques that I used - allegedly to help their patients. I'm not aware that any of those professionals are recommending what worked for me, though NORA of course, has been recommending their vision-repair knowledge since day 1 of its existence.

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