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Be a Good One

Be a Good One

| September 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

By Natalie Palmer My story begins with a quote by Abra­ham Lin­coln, with whom I share a birth­day: “What­ever you are, be a good one.” Many years ago this became the mis­sion state­ment of my life and remains so to this day. I am a per­son with metasta­tic breast can­cer who made a promise to be […]

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Searching for Rainbows

Searching for Rainbows

| September 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Newly ini­ti­ated into the sis­ter­hood of breast can­cer, a flood of oncol­ogy ter­mi­nol­ogy over­whelmed my brain — stage III breast can­cer, lymph node involve­ment, chemother­apy, radi­a­tion.   I was in the midst of the storm of breast can­cer but my many years in the men­tal health field had taught me that pos­i­tive think­ing can help manage […]

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Making our minds matter

Making our minds matter

| May 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Receiv­ing the dev­as­tat­ing news that you have breast can­cer can knock many peo­ple side­ways. An already heav­ily com­pro­mised immune sys­tem is fur­ther depleted as stress lev­els rise. Daunted by the treat­ment which lies ahead, cou­pled with con­cerns about look­ing after fam­i­lies; chil­dren as well as age­ing par­ents. The like­li­hood of hav­ing to take unpaid leave and […]

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The Power of Placebos and Visualisation

The Power of Placebos and Visualisation

| February 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

A rare event occurred on Mon­day night; I had com­plete auton­omy over the tele­vi­sion, my son hav­ing gone upstairs to immerse him­self in the pro­duc­tion of his own ‘Super Hero’s Lego’ film clip, on his phone.  Lying back on the sofa, I flicked through the chan­nels; my eyes imme­di­ately engaged on BBC 2’s Hori­zon programme […]

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Love Yourself Generously!

Love Yourself Generously!

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Today is Valentine’s Day and it has become a “Hall­mark Hol­i­day” that focuses on romance, hearts, choco­late and flow­ers. Love and romance are ide­al­ized in ways that some peo­ple expe­ri­ence and many don’t ~ and we can be swayed by all this mes­sag­ing to think there’s some­thing to strive for and then we’ll know true […]

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Flooding and Cancer?

Flooding and Cancer?

| February 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Jan­u­ary 2014 in the UK, has gone down on record as the wettest for over 250 years. Severe weather warn­ings con­tinue to hit the head­lines, with high winds and rain lash­ing the coun­try­side, destroy­ing coastal towns, rail­way lines and leav­ing the many areas under sev­eral feet of water. Mar­low, in the Thames Val­ley where I live […]

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The Planet Venus and You

The Planet Venus and You

| January 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

The planet Venus sym­bol­izes beauty, love, romance and sex­u­al­ity. She is con­cerned with mat­ters of the heart and body related to love. Venus trav­els across the sky and as she tran­sits we expe­ri­ence the influ­ence of her move­ments, some­times sub­tly and some­times more obvi­ously. This month, Jan­u­ary 2014, Venus is ret­ro­grade, which means she is […]

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What does the T.S.A. have to do with Intimacy and Sexuality?

What does the T.S.A. have to do with Intimacy and Sexuality?

| December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

On Sat­ur­day I had an encounter with TSA on my way to catch a flight from Boston to San Fran­cisco. It’s strange enough that travel these days involves dis­rob­ing and some­times being pat­ted down. But when there are ques­tion­able items in carry-on lug­gage, it adds even more insult to the expe­ri­ence. First some “hot spots” […]

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There’s a Party in Aisle 15 ~ What Does Hardware Have to do with Sexuality?

There’s a Party in Aisle 15 ~ What Does Hardware Have to do with Sexuality?

| December 10, 2013 | 1 Comment

  Recently a friend told me that this image reminded her of me and my work. As I looked at it, I laughed, get­ting the joke.  And then it got me think­ing about how we some­times make jokes or shame our­selves about our sex­u­al­ity. You’ve prob­a­bly seen the know­ing winks and heard the snick­ers when […]

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From Thankful To Grateful

From Thankful To Grateful

| November 21, 2013 | 8 Comments

When I was grow­ing up, Thanks­giv­ing Day had lit­tle to do with being grate­ful and every­thing with  food.    We took a mere two min­utes to men­tion the Pil­grims and ate.  Most of the foods were richly laden  with fat, car­bo­hy­drates and sugar. My sib­lings and I would spend hours look­ing through the big name catalogs […]

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