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Art and Creative Self Expression: Tools for Transcending Chronic Pain and Illness

October 24th, 2012

Art and Creative Self Expression: Tools for Transcending Chronic Pain and Illness By Mary J. Yerkes NABBW’s Living with Chronic Illness Expert Can tapping into our creativity help us transcend chronic pain and illness? Can art heal not only our bodies but also our soul and spirits? Questions like these have been part of my ongoing quest to live well with chronic pain and illness. While some answers remain elusive, others are more readily apparent. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory diseases in 1997, I have found artistic self-expression a valuable tool for transcending... Read More

Harnessing the Power of Place

September 15th, 2012

Harnessing the Power of Place By Mary J. Yerkes NABBW’s Living with Chronic Illness Expert Not long ago, during a time when stress and fatigue had taken their toll on my body, I booked a weekend away at a local bed and breakfast. Nestled in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, I watched breathtaking mountain sunsets, delighted in deer frolicking in the woods, and sat for hours in a red Adirondack chair, soaking in the beauty around me. It was healing. But most of the time, the converse is true. I spend time in stressful places — doctor’s offices and hospitals, crowded shopping malls... Read More

Remaining Positive When Facing a Chronic Illness

June 6th, 2012

Remaining Positive When Facing a Chronic Illness By Mary J. Yerkes NABBW’s Living with Chronic Illness Expert A diagnosis of chronic illness can bring with it feelings of denial, anger and grief. But, at some point, the emotions subside and you are faced with a harsh reality—you are no longer the person you once were. Chronic illness has robbed you from your sense of identity and purpose. Do you even stand a chance of rebuilding a meaningful life? According to Judy Gann—a breast cancer survivor who suffers from fibromyalgia and other autoimmune disorders—you can. She took her experiences... Read More

Mixed Feelings About the CDC’s Recent Call to Boomers

June 4th, 2012

Mixed Feelings About the CDC’s Recent Call to Boomers By Anne Holmes NABBW’s Baby Boomer Expert By now you probably would have to be living under a rock not to have heard that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is suggesting that all Boomers get tested for Hepatitis C. Apparently statistic indicate that one in 30 of us Baby Boomers is infected with virus, according to the experts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And most of us don\’t know it. So the CDC is moving ahead with a proposal that all baby boomers (those of us born between 1945 and 1965) get a blood... Read More

Adjusting to Life With Chronic Illness

April 26th, 2012

Adjusting to Life With Chronic Illness By Mary J. Yerkes NABBW’s Living with Chronic Illness Expert Adjust to life with chronic illness? It might seem counterintuitive, but according to experts, you can live a full and meaningful life despite having compromised health. Millions of people living with serious chronic conditions have used their struggles as a springboard for spiritual, relational and emotional growth. Many have gone on to launch new ministries, careers, and friendships. “Eventually, you adjust to a new normal,” explains Lisa Copen, founder of Rest Ministries,... Read More

50 Powerful Coaching Questions to Create Change

January 31st, 2012

50 Powerful Coaching Questions to Create Change By Mary J. Yerkes NABBW’s Living with Chronic Illness Expert Ask yourself these questions to take control of your life! Defining Goals 1. If you were to FULLY live your life, what is the first change you would start to make? 2. What areas of your life could be upgraded/tweaked? 3. What could we work on now that would make the biggest difference to your life? 4. How would you feel about doubling that goal? 5. What are you tolerating/ putting up with? 6. What do you want MORE of in your life? (Make a list) 7. What do you want LESS of in your... Read More

The Simple Life: Intentional Living for the Chronically Ill

October 25th, 2011

The Simple Life: Intentional Living for the Chronically Ill By Mary J. Yerkes NABBW’s Living with Chronic Illness Expert Simple living can seem elusive. In a world focused on achieving and accumulating more and bumper stickers that read, “He who dies with the most toys wins,” the reality of simple living seems like some pie-in-the sky ambition, a trend. Despite the proliferation of products, books, magazines, classes, and organizational systems guaranteed to simplify our lives, most of us continue to hurry through life, pursuing activities and making purchases that ultimately add to... Read More

BEYOND WEIGHT WATCHERS: Does Weight Watchers Help You Prevent A Heart Attack?

October 25th, 2011

BEYOND WEIGHT WATCHERS: Does Weight Watchers Help You Prevent A Heart Attack? By Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., LDN NABBW’s Healthy Heart Lifestyle Expert Weight Watchers (WW) has got to be doing something right. WW, now Weight Watchers International Inc., is the world\’s largest and most successful commercial weight loss program. It all began in 1961, when an overweight housewife named Jean Nidetch, living in Queens New York, organized small group meetings with her overweight friends to provide each other with mutual support and to, well, discuss weight loss. In 1963, Weight Watchers... Read More

Need a Kick in the Tush? 8 Tips for Living a Balanced Life

July 8th, 2011

Need a Kick in the Tush? 8 Tips for Living a Balanced Life By Janice Taylor NABBW’s Expert on Weight Loss and Hypnotism When I imagine what it looks like to live a balanced life, two thoughts come to mind. The first is the “Jack theory”: All work and no play makes for a cranky Jack. All this and no that — too much of this and too little of that — just doesn\’t work. The challenge here is to balance what we must do with what we enjoy and want to do. We need to carve out time for the serious stuff, as well as play. The other way to live a balanced life has more... Read More