dehumanizing

Stop Using Dehumanizing Language

Our words can kill or our words can give life. They can humanize or dehumanize. They’re either poison or fruit—we get to choose. One of the things that burn me up is the failure to use person-first language when we refer to certain people, demographics, or specific lived experiences of others in our conversations.

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Life Disruptors

When Life Hands You Lemons.

This month I got my mammogram. I regret to say that I have not been making these screenings a priority for the past 4 years (since routine screenings should start at 40 years of age) but all that has changed since June of this year. As I have been taking major action to improve my overall health and well-being (which includes prioritizing my annual check-ups etc), I keep thinking about a very close friend of mine who just told me she has breast cancer.
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My mom died of ovarian cancer. Does cancer run in your family?

The title of this blog post “Does cancer run in your family”—was the HEADLINER of a brochure my OBGYN handed me this week at my well-woman check-up. Because my mother (a first-degree relative as she put it) died of ovarian cancer, having this type of family history is a red flag or risk factor for hereditary cancer.

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Grit

The Joy, Benefits and Gift of a GRIT mindset.

The secret to success and outstanding achievement in life isn’t about being a “genius”. It’s about your GRIT or the unique combination of your passion, purpose, and long-term perseverance. According to Dr. Angela Duckworth, the world’s leading expert on grit, GRIT is having PASSION + SUSTAINED PERSEVERANCE when it comes to achieving long-term goals.

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race related trauma

Rules of Engagement for Race Related Trauma

Like many of you, I am outraged and emotionally exhausted because of the wrongful race-related deaths (murders) of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. Not only are many hearts on fire with anger, many businesses are literally on fire all over our nation because black and brown people do not feel seen, heard, understood, valued, cared for OR protected in this country.

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