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Courtesy: Kathy Lowrey
Caregivers who take care of their own health are more effective at caring for others.
In 2007, Kathy Lowrey's husband, Bobby, who was 70 at the time, was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, a degenerative form of dementia with symptoms that include mood changes, visual hallucinations, sleep disorders, changes in autonomic functions such as breathing and digestion, and memory, thinking, and movement difficulties. As she dealt with her husband's overwhelming needs, Lowrey says her own health dropped to the bottom of her list of priorities. She estimates that she saw her primary care doctor just twice in seven years.

“He was my only focus,” says the 55-year-old resident of Bald Knob, AR. “As things got worse and he couldn't be left alone, it was increasingly difficult for me to pay attention to anything else, including my health.”
Lowrey's husband's military benefits covered the cost of having a certified nursing assistant come to their home for two hours each day to help care for her husband. But Lowrey's doctor's office was a full hour's drive away—too far to travel, given the short window of respite care. Instead, she says, she devoted that time to doing “the essentials of the home”—grocery shopping, yard work, and home repair. “There was no way I could go to the doctor,” she says.

Soon after her husband died in February 2014, Lowrey says she developed a rash on her face, which doctors attributed to stress. She often got disoriented while driving—a store that had been on one side of the street suddenly seemed to be on the other—and she started experiencing chest pains. After 30 days of wearing a heart monitor, doctors concluded she had not had a  stroke  or a heart attack.

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Let's start with something many of us can agree on: Malcolm Jenkins walloped Brandin Cooks in the Super Bowl.

It's a famous hit, and a vicious one. No flag was thrown, but the tens of millions of fans who saw it wouldn't have been surprised if there was one. It was a borderline play, the kind that should serve as a benchmark as the  NFL  implements its new  use-of-the-helmet policy.

Under the new rules, which are meant to completely eliminate crown-of-helmet contact, the famous Jenkins-Cooks collision would appear to be a good template for an unnecessary roughness penalty.
Um, maybe not.

"It's 50-50 based on which referee you ask," Jenkins told B/R, just hours after an Eagles team meeting with referees early in training camp. "Some think it's a foul, some don't."
Jenkins is just speaking figuratively when he says "50-50," right?

"We put the Malcolm play up [on a video screen] on our own," Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham said. "One ref said it was illegal, and one ref said legal."

Oh, Jenkins was being literal.

Unsurprisingly, the new helmet policy soon began causing preseason chaos across the league: incomprehensible flags,  complaints  from players and coaches and mixed messages from the league about on-the-fly tweaks or adjustments to a rule. As the season approaches, the new rule threatens to decide games and result in fines, ejections and suspensions for collisions that were previously considered routine, or even textbook examples of proper technique.

The season starts soon. CLICK HERE t o find out more about this brewing controversy.
I was weeping in bed for the third time that week and I’ve never been a crier. But eight months after having my daughter, and four months after going back to work, the motivation and energy I’d originally felt returning to my job had completely subsided and I’d hit a wall of fatigue and exhaustion of epic proportions.

As I sat there red faced and sobbing in my pajamas (a great look for me), my poor husband laid there staring at the wall, not sure what to say at this point. He’d already told me I should leave my job multiple times during previous crying sessions. But instead of feeling relieved by his blessing, it only made me feel guiltier and cry even more.

I could never quit, I thought to myself. What if he’d resent me for not bringing in income eventually? I was afraid of being perceived as lazy. Plus we live in an area of the country that pretty much requires dual incomes to live comfortably. How could I leave a steady paycheck and put that kind of pressure on him? Plus I had some people’s dream job! Why couldn’t I just be more grateful!

So I cried. Because I felt trapped. Because I felt so tired but couldn’t not be a mom, or work, or keep showing up in my life. But I felt like I was failing at all of it and in that moment I just wanted to disappear.

Burnt out? You’re not alone.

Have you been there–so burnt out and exhausted that it’s hard to remember a time when you were bright eyed and optimistic, motivated to take on the world?

If you’re feeling tired and lost and have still found your way to this article, I already know two things about you:

  • You’re more motivated than you think you are; and
  • You’re going to come out on top.

How do I know this? Because you’re burnt out enough to read an article about burn out but you still found the motivation to find it and read it. You’re actively taking action to stay motivated, which actually means you are motivated! Yay you!

Now that we’ve established you are motivated to get to a more energized place, let’s get down to the practical strategies I applied to pull myself out of my epic rut so you can start applying them to your own life ASAP.

CLICK HERE to rekindle your Mojo!
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A timeless, “triumphant” ( Entertainment Weekly ) story of healing and recovery from the victim of a crime that shocked the nation: the Central Park Jogger.

Shortly after 9:00 p.m. on April 19, 1989, a young woman jogs alone near 102nd Street in New York City's Central Park. She is attacked, raped, savagely beaten, and left for dead. Hours later she arrives at the emergency room—comatose—she has lost so much blood that her doctors believe it’s a miracle she's still alive. Meet Trisha Meili, the Central Park Jogger.

I Am the Central Park Jogger  recounts the mesmerizing, inspiring, often wrenching story of human strength and transcendent recovery. Called “Hero of the Month” by Glamour magazine, Meili tells us who she was before the attack—a young Wall Street professional with a promising future—and who she has become: a woman who learned how to read, write, walk, talk, and love again...and turn horrifying violence and certain death into extraordinary healing and victorious life.

With “moments of unexpected grace and insights into life’s challenges….Meili’s story—the story the public never knew—is unforgettable” ( The Buffalo News ).

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1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

"The Struggle You’re in Today Is Developing the Strength You Need for Tomorrow."


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