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Part 2–Struggling Versus Suffering: How to Suffer Less

NOTE: If you haven’t read part 1, please check it out before you read part 2. Otherwise, you won’t have the necessary background for part 2. Dr. Art Markman and Dr. Bob Duke, co-hosts of one of my favorite podcasts, 2 Guys on Your Head, inspired Part

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Part 1–Struggling Versus Suffering: Perspectives

“If you want to make someone unhappy, tell them they’ve never suffered,” said Dr. Bob Duke at the beginning of his weekly podcast, 2 Guys on Your Head. He and Dr. Art Markman conjure up the Car Talk guys, Click and Clack, only they discourse about psychology

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Every Injured Athlete’s Linchpin: A Guide to EMDR in Plain English

Introduction I’m sharing a personal vignette in this blog because so many of you share similar struggles. I want you to feel unashamed and know you’re not alone. I want you to know there’s an infinitely effective tool to help. It’s called EMDR, and we’ll talk all

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Type One Diabetes and the Injured Athlete

About how I got involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation In 2000 my favorite Uncle (UC is what I call him; everyone else knows him as Kevin) nearly lost his foot to diabetes. Months of not knowing how the wound heal (or not) ended in relief when

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On Obsessions: The Man Who Swam 10,000 Days in a Row

It’s the first Saturday in September, on a mercifully cool Texas summer morning. I’m sitting under a gnarled old pecan tree, plump with nuts, watching a remarkable event unfold before my eyes. A man I know through swimming is celebrating his 10,000th swim in a row with

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How to Recover from an Injury: Hint…Don’t Try it Without a Movement Therapist (Part 3)

This is the third in a 4-part series where I’ll share why, after injury, working with a Movement Therapist is a must. You can read part 1 here and part 2 here. I’ll share what prompted me to see Jesse, what happens to your nervous system after

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Communication With Your Partner After Injury: A Time for Extraordinary Patience

Introduction Heads up…I wanted to entitle this blog “The $hit Nobody Tells You About Surgery and Chronic Injury That you Really Need to Know.” Nobody talks about this stuff because, frankly, it’s grim. You certainly aren’t going to openly talk about it with friends or family. Likewise,

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The Mental Side of Injury: What to Do When Your Recovery Isn’t Going So Swimmingly

“How are you feeling after yesterday?” my friend Todd asked me as we walked down the steps toward the pool. “I feel good,” I replied. “Aren’t your shoulders sore?” he asked. “Not at all,” I replied. “Hmmm. I think my shoulders are sore from pounding against the

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How to Recover from an Injury: Hint…Don’t Try it Without a Movement Therapist (Part 2)

This is the second in a 4-part series where I’ll share why, after injury, working with a Movement Therapist is a must. You can read part 1 here. I’ll share what prompted me to see Jesse, what happens to your nervous system after an injury, and how

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The Bleak Truth About How Refusing to Ask for Help is Killing Us a Little Every Day

Benjamin Franklin said, “…nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” Clearly, Ben forgot “needing help.” Without exception, nobody escapes needing help in their life. Yet, also without exception, nobody wants to ask for help. We’d rather pluck our nose hairs than ask for

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