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How to Heal

A Mind-Body Look at Shoulder and Neck Pain - Rosario's Story

A Mind-Body Look at Shoulder and Neck Pain - Rosario's Story

“What does it mean when you have pain just like she described but on the other side of the body?” 

The question comes from a beautiful, silver-haired Latino woman who I will call Rosario. As she finishes asking the question she swallows hard, as if it took a great deal of effort to allow herself to ask it. Find out my answer, and how it was one of the most literal I've ever dealt with. 

You are Not Your Disease: How to De-Personalize Illness and Ignite Healing

You are Not Your Disease: How to De-Personalize Illness and Ignite Healing

MY allergies are killing me this year.”

MY back pain is awful.”

MY chronic bronchitis is getting so much worse.” 

MY cancer is in remission. I hope it stays that way.”

Every time I hear the word “MY” attached to a pain, disease, or illness, I want to smack that word right out of the sentence. Why? Because the more you personalize an illness, the more power you give it to stick around.

Here’s why (and what to do about it):