Ancient Treatment Stabilizes Joints

You never know where inspiration will come from! A hidden gem sat nestled on a shelf in the health section of a trendy bookstore.  Desperately searching for advice on how to relieve my chronic back pain this blue, dated and gently worn medical textbook didn’t belong. Intrigued, I paged through and landed on a treatment called Sclerotherapy. Traced back to ancient times, […]

EDS Superhero, Keep It Light

Does anyone remember Stretch Armstrong, the agile action figure who made his debut in the mid 70’s? Stretch’s claim to fame-his limbs could be pulled several feet from his body and quickly return to normal size. Proof is in this vintage clip below: Nice party trick, right? I must be a genetic extension of Stretch […]

The Power of Being Seen

Researcher Dr. Brené Brown gave a funny, moving and wildly popular TED Talk on Vulnerability in 2010.  As a tough Texan who balked at the emotion (‘hated it’ and tried to ‘outsmart it’), she eventually changed her perspective and let her research open her heart. Much like Brené, I was averse to the whole vulnerability thing especially […]

Gramblings, A Nod to My Nana

Who is your role model?  Mine…Nana Mae. As I look around my living room I am comforted by three grey stone statues made by my late grandmother.  They bring a smile to my face; strong and graceful, much like she was. This torso in particular is my favorite, powerful with ragged edges that shape the whole.  A defining piece. One that wouldn’t be […]

Smoke & Mirrors

“Feel the fear and do it anyway.”  You In? I returned to the gym after a seven-year absence excited and nervous. After five years of dutiful physical therapy exercises, I was free.   The gym, as you may have read in My Back-story! is my first love.  Being reunited is as sweet as it gets. My new […]

Rubber Puppy Syndrome

Strange pet connection! Maybe people struggling to get diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS) should visit their local veterinarian. Strolling the boardwalk the other morning, I stopped a couple to pet their peppy dog, Lucy.  I braced for impact, mentioning back surgery as the reason (easier than explaining EDS). Lucy’s owners asked how I was healing. When I […]

Vitamin Lee

Do You Have A Point Person? I didn’t know I needed one until I was in over my head.  Enter my friend, Lee… Lee was my first ‘real’ boss in the fitness industry right out of college.  She was a strong and purposeful leader; and created a super fun, challenging work environment.   Her advisement […]