Body Positivity Blog

January 7, 2020

Hey, y'all! It's Twitch, a Fight Like a Warrior Ambassador.

I have a neurological condition called Tourette Syndrome. This causes me to make involuntary movements and sounds called tics. I don't want to get into much detail about tics and the different types, but if you're interested, feel free to do your own research or reach out to me. 

Many people take this condition and assume that all people with TS curse. That, in fact, is...

January 2, 2020

Dear Chronic Illness,

     Although you have made my life so hard I wanted to thank you. If it wasn’t for you I would have never found myself. I wouldn’t be the mental health and chronic illness advocate that I am today if you didn’t come and wreck my life.

     As crazy as it sounds I’m thankful for you because without you I would have never found my strength. I wish it didn’t take me being severely ill for me to find...

December 5, 2019

I had spinal fusion surgery this June. The recovery is long and often very boring. I have always been a very active person who enjoys having a packed schedule. As I was recovering (and still am) I often felt very unproductive, like I was wasting time lying around. Over time I discovered some things I could do while recovering that made me feel useful.  Here is a list of what helped the time pass by. 

1. Set Goals/Plan Your...

November 5, 2019

Over the past six years while battling both my mental and physical health I have learned so many lessons that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. While most of these lessons took a lot of pain and tears they are probably the most valuable lessons I will ever learn. One of the most important lessons I have learned is that sometimes we have to fall and let ourselves crumble in times of hurt just so we can pick ourselve...

September 20, 2019

It was sometime in the fall of 2014. I woke up, being the mother of three small children...I was in a normal morning rush. I remember having a few loose hairs on my face and noticing my pillow had quite a few hairs on it. 

I’ve always had a love hate relationship with my hair. I have baby fine natural curly hair. It’s not the easiest to care for. My hair was just past my shoulders and I remember being very pleased with the...

November 13, 2018

This one is hard for me.  I was putting off writing about this uncomfortable situation I found myself in for a while because I was embarrassed, because I thought maybe the comment made to me was justified in some way.  But after a few weeks of processing, I’m realizing that healing is ongoing and keeping quiet and bottling up feelings won’t help me move forward at all.

I have weeks back, I fell during frisbee practice and...

October 24, 2018

Diet. A word that gets thrown around all the time.  I’m sure everyone in their life has said or heard someone proclaim that they are going on a diet or talk avidly about the latest fad which is guaranteed to make you lose all your body fat in three weeks.  Maybe diets get talked about so often because they seem so easy: eat a certain way for three weeks and you’ll be a healthier person. Right? Wrong. Dieting is not healthy bec...

October 17, 2018

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” -Joseph Addison

Are you ever in a funk and need to escape for a while?  Or stuck in a doctor’s office or a hospital room and want a taste of something different?  Reading is one of my most valuable coping strategies. The chance to explore a whole other life, to forget about everything going on in my own world and live in someone else’s, makes all the pain go away for awhile...

September 2, 2018

I want to talk about something that I don’t know if I’ve ever brought up before on this blog.  Something that I’ve been dealing with since the age of 13, something that seems to fade in and out of my life but in reality is always with me, is a part of me, like a shadow.  It’s taken me 6 years- and the path continues to swerve and weave- to turn this shadow into a strength rather than a haunting weakness.

Today, september 2...

August 13, 2018

Hello world! I want to apologize for my over two month hiatus, but it feels really good to be back and writing and reflecting.  In late June I departed for my year long study abroad experience in South America. I started in Ecuador where I was for 5 weeks taking classes and travelling with the rest of my group from my university and about two weeks ago we arrived in Argentina which is where I’ll be for the next 11 months or so...

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