The 360º Journey To Health & Painlessness —

WAVELIFE Dear Friend, The secret to successful and permanent chronic pain management comes from understanding and dealing with the human condition both from a physiological and emotional perspective. Therapists in Switzerland, Austria, and Germany who have used professional Vital Field techniques for chronic conditions for decades stress the importance of combining sound lifestyle adjustments with […]

The 360º Journey To Health & Painlessness —

Four Tips For Avoiding Unnecessary Stress In Life —

Stress is a major thorn in the side for many people. While it is natural and beneficial in certain scenarios, chronic stress is very unhealthy. It can have negative effects on your physical and mental health. If you are regularly hampered by stress and anxiety, it’s important to address it. Failing to acknowledge continuous stress […]

Four Tips For Avoiding Unnecessary Stress In Life —

5 Typical Aging In Place Mistakes And How To Avoid Them —

Today, the idea of aging in place (also known as aging at home) is gaining a lot of significance, especially among the older population. According to the National Council on Aging, nine out of ten senior citizens prefer to continue living in their own homes over the next five to ten years. Many such seniors […]

5 Typical Aging In Place Mistakes And How To Avoid Them —

Revels & Revelations With The Smith Family: Will, Jada, Trey, Jaden & willow —

YOU’RE INVITED!Join us for our 8th annual Revels and Revelations, a night of celebration and inspiration.Mental health conditions during the pandemic are disproportionately affecting young adults. Research shows that the prevalence of anxiety disorders has tripled since 2019 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our students need support now more than ever. We hope you can join us! For more information on […]

Revels & Revelations With The Smith Family: Will, Jada, Trey, Jaden & willow —

Hobbies That Can Be Beneficial for Your Mental Health —

We all know that life can get busy. As a result, it can be hard to find the time to treat ourselves or indulge in doing the things that we really love. However, there are a number of reasons why having a hobby can be a really great thing. Hobbies are often much more than […]

Hobbies That Can Be Beneficial for Your Mental Health —

iPain 2020 Chronic Pain Awareness —

Thank you Abbott for sponsoring iPain 2020 chronic pain awareness month activities. Join the International Pain Foundation for Chronic Pain Awareness Month. Below are 30 facts about chronic pain we will be bringing awareness to in the month of September. Feel free to like, share and retweet our graphics and facts about chronic pain on […]

iPain 2020 Chronic Pain Awareness —

6 Simple Ways to Get Your Life Back on Track —

It’s natural that sometimes life gets away from you a bit. Stress from work or family commitments can take over and it can be hard to find balance. It’s important to step back and try and regain control. Fortunately, there are few basic steps you can take to get your life back on track. Make […]

6 Simple Ways to Get Your Life Back on Track —

5 Creative Projects to Help Focus Your Mind —

A creative project is a great way to focus your mind and spend some downtime. Art, gardening, craft, and DIY are all very therapeutic. You’ll feel more relaxed and gain some perspective. Creativity is the perfect way to channel stress and anxiety. Put your overactive mind to good use and make something you’ll cherish forever. […]

5 Creative Projects to Help Focus Your Mind —

September Is Pain Awareness Month —

I’m excited to let you know next month starts Pain Awareness Month. Over the past couple of years, you have seen posts from me for the U.S. Pain Foundation. I’m a Texas Ambassador and do advocacy work for them. While I haven’t been able to physically support my advocacy efforts, I do share important […]

September Is Pain Awareness Month —

Review of Redeem Therapeutics Full-Spectrum Organic Hemp CBD Products —

I’ve been using the Redeem Therapeutics Spray 750mg Hemp Extract in the mint flavor for close to a year now. I love the flavor and consistency of the spray. I’ve tried oils and dislike the residue left behind. The spray does not leave any oily residue and has a light mint flavor. The original flavor […]

Review of Redeem Therapeutics Full-Spectrum Organic Hemp CBD Products —

I Have Become An Ambassador For CureClick —

Why did I join CureCLick and what does this mean? I have become an Ambassador for CureCLick because I feel strongly in advancing medical research. If we are to advance in medicine we have to participate in Clinical Trials. One reason why drugs don’t get funded is there are not a sufficient number of people […]

I Have Become An Ambassador For CureClick —

Clean Your Air With A Homemade Oil Diffuser —

Willow & Sage by Stampington You will need Wooden diffuser sticks or other suitable decorative sticks Lavender essential oil Tea Tree essential oil Fractionated Coconut oil Glass bottle Blend essential oils into fractionated coconut oil at a ratio of about 1-4, fill glass bottle halfway and insert sticks. Use a bottle with the smallest opening possible, […]

Clean Your Air With A Homemade Oil Diffuser —

What Do you Think of Our New Theme?

 

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It’s been years since I gave Survivor’s Blog Here a facelift and today started looking around at options. Does this theme work for how you like the post to pop out on the front page. What is missing?

I want to hear your feedback not only about the theme but what you would like to see more of from Survivor’s Blog Here. I want the good, bad, and the ugly.

The COVID 19 virus has affected several of our contributors, I’m sure you’ve noticed less blogging in general. This to shall pass and I’m committed to making Survivor’s Blog Here a safe space for everyone to talk about their trauma, chronic illnesses, mental health, and recovery.

As we move into our seventh year I’m excited about the future, committed to growing the community, and getting you involved in shaping our growth. We would not be here without you, your stories, and your feedback.

Please take a minute to let me know your thoughts. I look forward to reading your comments and making changes as we grow together. 

Melinda and Team

Naturally Treating Aches with Essential Oils —

Willow and Sage by Stampington Essential oils can be used to soothe and help heal many ailments, and they are a great resource for relieving pain. Specific oils treat certain types of pain naturally without causing uncomfortable side effects that sometimes come with medications. Here we’ve broken down which oils are best to use […]

Naturally Treating Aches with Essential Oils —

Humana To Offer LabCorp At-Home COVID-19 Test Collection & Drive-Thru Testing —

News | August 17, 2020 Health and well-being company Humana Inc. announced a pilot home-testing program that will enable at-home COVID-19 test collection for members, making Humana the first insurer to offer LabCorp’s at-home test-collection kits. Humana also announced an innovative new collaboration with Walmart and Quest Diagnostics to help members more easily get tested, […]

Humana To Offer LabCorp At-Home COVID-19 Test Collection & Drive-Thru Testing —

Five Small Ways To Look After Your Mental Health Every Day —

If you’re looking for ways to support your mental health but you don’t know where to begin then don’t worry, not alone. Although it can be overwhelming, you need to be sure you’re doing all that you can to look after yourself, including your mental health. Luckily, there are lots of ways in which you […]

Five Small Ways To Look After Your Mental Health Every Day —

Why Self-Care Is Important To Mental Health —

Self-care may seem like a luxury but in fact, it’s important for everyone to take time out for self-care. Self-care or taking a few minutes for ourselves is critical to our mental health. Our mind and body need a break, a chance to unwind, to refocus and there are many ways to unwind. I do […]

Why Self-Care Is Important To Mental Health —

Male Survivor Discussion Forum & Chat Room Update

More than a half a million messagescheck. Greater than 70,000 theme-specific threadscheckNow surpassing 15,000 registered members  that is incredible! As we pass this milestone, we want to sincerely thank both registrants and guests. Now — in this time of the pandemic — the forum and chat room provide an even greater need for hope, healing and support. Today, more than ever, the MaleSurvivor organization serves as a unique “24/7” lifeline to survivors. Note that there are even many more participants who are guests, and never register. So — as a reminder — registration is anonymous and confidential. We NEVER share our database with ANYONE EVER. Registration is FREE and only requires a valid email address, which remains confidential. This enables you to reply to the verification email that our forum software sends out, after you register. 
Visit our new MaleSurvivor YouTube Channel
Watch recordings of our free Webinar of Recovery series, a continually growing resource…
— MaleSurvivor 25th Anniversary: an interview with Ken Followell, who started out as a participant in the forum, was then inspired to become a volunteer and eventually served as President of the Board of Directors of MaleSurvivor.org.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IP7Kc6_X3K0&t=24s

— MaleSurvivor Webinar of Recovery: Empowering Survivors of Sexual Abuse to Hold Abusers Accountable, a discussion concerning legal and personal strategies for confronting one’s abuser.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eiw66B9ISg0
— MaleSurvivor Webinar of Recovery: Howard Fradkin, Ph.D In this webinar, Fradkin — a highly respected therapist, expert about abuse, and co-founder of MaleSurvivior — engages in a panel discussion focused on protecting children, adults and families from physical, emotional and sexual abuse.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4iZILiGVig

Pivot! — Army of Angels: Part 2

Today was the third day of professional development for teachers, pandemic style. Everyone has to have their temperature taken at the front door, and log their answers to the Covid-19 questions on a google form. Then it is each teacher to his or her classroom to log on to distanced training. I never realized how […]

Pivot! — Army of Angels: Part 2

Let’s Talk About Hair Loss *Natural Remedies —

My journey continues as I look for reasons for the ongoing hair loss and what can be done to slow the process down. Here are the steps taken since my last post. I started taking a Bioton supplement on July 26th after reading the number of positive reviews on Amazon. People mentioned stronger nails and […]

Let’s Talk About Hair Loss *Natural Remedies —

Fibromyalgia Thoughts #4 Living Without A Flair —

Vacuumed kitchen and dining room. Mopped kitchen. Applied cuticle cream twice. Vacuumed part of the living room, still need to clean the floor. Potted two house plants. Enjoyed a candle for a few minutes. Emptied dishwasher. Woke up 4:00 A.M. with the puppy. Haven’t taken a nap. I cleaned up but no shower, those […]

Fibromyalgia Thoughts #4 Living Without A Flair —

Survivors Blog Here Celebrates Six Anniversary With Open House! Stop By For Refreshments

Survivors Blog Here is celebrating our six anniversary with a big celebration! Come by, say hello, browse and read a few posts while enjoying the refreshments.

Photo by Sharon McCutcheon on Pexels.com

We could not have made this journey without the thousands of guests on our site. I want to thank each of you and let you know you’ve made an impact on the community. I look forward to more guests and want you to know our Contributors and followers appreciate you. 

Survivors Blog Here continues to evolve, shaped by life experiences and your feedback. Thank you for taking the journey with us, we learn from you every day. If you’re unfamiliar with our site, we’re a collaboration of writers with different backgrounds and challenges. Supporting men and women as they work thru a trauma, taking steps forward, to move beyond the pain. https://survivorsbloghere.wordpress.com  You can learn more by reading our “About Us” page.

I’m honored and humbled to work with Contributors past and present who share their experiences, pain, and triumphs with a deep desire to pay it forward. I believe they shine a light on the human spirit. 

Robert M. Goldstein    http://robertmgoldstein.com

Casey Alexander   http://hypervigilant.org

Surviving the Specter    http://survivingthespecter.wordpress.com

Hyperion     http://returnofdragons.wordpress.com

sedge808    http://sedge808.com

Army of Angels https://armyofangelspart2.com

Positively Alyssia     http://fightmsdaily.wordpress.com

Life with an illness     http://lifewithanillness.com

Chronic Pain with a Higher Perspective       http://validatingchronicpain.com

Adi’s Wings     http://adiswings.com

A Patients Voice                http://apatientsvoice.wordpress.com

Alexandra Hampton      http://journeyintoa.wordpress.com

Looking for the Light Blog  https://lookingforthelight.blog

Marcus     http://survivorroad.wordpress.com

Owning It Log   http:owningitlog.wordpress.com

Don’t Lose Hope  http://sexaddictionpartners.wordpress.com

We invite you to join us on the journey ahead. 

Your voice is important, your comments are read and we listen without judgment. Please let us know what you like and what you don’t, the good bad, and ugly. Are there other topics you would like to see addressed? We’re listening.

Melinda

Boxed In — A Patient Voice

What if I am not as resilient as people say? What if I am not as mindful as people think I am? With a lot of therapy and personal awareness, I find myself asking these questions. Throughout the last few months, my exploration has led me to two conclusions. The first that uncertainty and not […]

Boxed In — A Patient Voice

Lift Off- First Day — Army of Angels: Part 2

Today was the first day back to work for teachers in my county. We all went to our rooms, and met remotely as a faculty. Three of my peers were remote from home, in quarantine due to having been exposed, or waiting for test results. Another school had an administrator test positive, and much of […]

Lift Off- First Day — Army of Angels: Part 2

One Of My Favorite Chronic Health Bloggers *Fighting With Fibro —

Stacey Chapman has this great page she put together of her favorite chronic illness Bloggers and I’m so humbled to be on the list. I want to call attention to her blog and to the other great writers you may not have discovered yet. Please check out the bloggers she has listed and most of […]

One Of My Favorite Chronic Health Bloggers *Fighting With Fibro —

Things I’m Loving —

Philips Diamond Clean Smart Toothbrush Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Smart toothbrush delivers unbeatable performance and great looks, giving you a month’s worth of manual brushing in just two minutes. Get 100% coverage with 100% confidence. I love how the toothbrush has five different cleaning levels and the two minutes shut off. I now brush for […]

Things I’m Loving —

Here are some suggested times on when to use our cream, so that you get the best relief —

Hi Melinda, I’m the founder of Aromalief and I wanted to say thank you for your purchase from us yesterday. We know it’s not easy trying product after product, and we honestly believe that Aromalief can help you. Here are some suggested times on when to use our cream, so that you get the best relief. […]

Here are some suggested times on when to use our cream, so that you get the best relief —

I’ve updated My Photo —

The photo I’ve been using was old, back when I was younger and believe much prettier, but reality can burn sometimes. Fifteen years, anti-psychotic medications and chronic illness has changed my looks. I have always been comfortable with how I looked. That is until three years ago when I gained over 40 pounds from taking […]

I’ve updated My Photo —

Review of Aromalief Hemp Pain Relief Cream *Special Discount Code* —

I love Aromalief’s Calming Hemp Pain Cream so much I’ve become an Affiliate. When you make a purchase thru the link you are not be charged more money and will help fund my daily coffee habit. Aromalief has a wide range of self-care products, please check out their selection and enjoy a summer discount. Starting Friday […]

Review of Aromalief Hemp Pain Relief Cream *Special Discount Code* —

How to Stay on Top of Life when you Feel Depressed — Guest Blogger Coaching Skills International

Fighting depression can be really hard. Here are some things you can sometime help: 1. Acknowledge how you feel, and accept that this is going to be a more challenging day. 2. Commit to doing the absolute essentials but don’t push yourself to do everything. 3. Prioritize what’s important. For example, if you have a […]

How to Stay on Top of Life when you Feel Depressed — Coaching Skills International

4 Days- Countdown to Re-entry — Army of Angels: Part 2

The countdown to return to work continues. I am a public school teacher in Middle Tennessee. Our state is quickly moving up the worldometer COVID-19 tracker. Over the course of about a week, our state moved from 17th to 14th. All of the counties in our state had to submit a “continuous learning plan” this […]

4 Days- Countdown to Re-entry — Army of Angels: Part 2

Let’s Talk About Hair Loss * Men’s and Women’s* —

I have determined my hair loss is due to a number of factors, age, post-menopausal, genetics, and several medications that are taken. There isn’t anything I can do to change the amount of hair falling out but keep my scalp clean in order to keep the follicles open instead of clogged, preventing hair growth. One […]

Let’s Talk About Hair Loss * Men’s and Women’s* —

Things I’m Loving —

Home Chef Meal Delivery http://homechef.com Fresh weekly meal kits customized to your liking and starting at $6.99 per serving. Referral Code: Save $35 melindas23 Daily Harvest Smoothies http://www.dailyharvet.com Built on fruits + vegetables. Delivered to your door, and ready in minutes. Referral Code: Save$25 RE-VB44DR6 GEM Vitamins Bites http://dailygem.com Designed to support your daily […]

Things I’m Loving —

Does This Look Familiar To You? —

I’m working on a post about hair loss after this shocking discovery from washing my hair yesterday. I now have medium length hair and it was brushed before my shower, this amount of hair loss doesn’t make sense. I’ve known about my hair loss for some time but yesterday’s discovery was a slap in the […]

Does This Look Familiar To You? —

Depression, anxiety rates increase among pregnant women, new mothers during pandemic —

Healio By Erin Michael June 26, 2020 More pregnant women and new mothers are experiencing anxiety and depression during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to survey results published in Frontiers in Global Women’s Health. Researchers surveyed 520 pregnant women and 380 women who had given birth in the last year. The participants — primarily from Canada — were […]

Depression, anxiety rates increase among pregnant women, new mothers during pandemic —

How writing about difficult experiences can help you take back your power —

IDEAS.TED.COM Jun 29, 2020 / Sakinah Hofler This post is part of TED’s “How to Be a Better Human” series, each of which contains a piece of helpful advice from people in the TED community; browse through all the posts here. I have a question for you. Have you ever seen something and you wish you could have said something […]

How writing about difficult experiences can help you take back your power —

Let’s Talk About Addiction — Looking For The Light

If you suffer from chronic pain chances are you’ve taken addictive pain medication or at least talked to your doctor about finding pain relief. With limited alternatives for those looking for consistent pain relief, many are faced with the tough decision to take addictive medications. If you read about drug addiction, you’ll often run across […]

Let’s Talk About Addiction — Looking For The Light

My Mental Health First Aid Kit — Guest Post Purple Butterflies and Winter Dragonflies

We have First Aid Kits for Physical Health and Injury, which contain things like Antiseptic Wipes, Plasters, Bandages, Slings and Surgical Tape. So why can’t we have a Mental Health First Aid Kit. One we can turn too when we are struggling with our Mental Health or our Anxiety is paticularily high and causing us […]

My Mental Health First Aid Kit — Purple Butterflies and Winter Dragonflies

The Man Who Forgot He Doesn’t Exist — Art by Rob Goldstein

Dissociative Identity Disorder is a childhood-onset trauma symptom induced by an overwhelming confrontation with human evil before the brain can create a functional mind. When my psychiatrist diagnosed DID in 2009, I was already too symptomatic to work. I had no interest in social media, but I compulsively staged virtual photoshoots in Second Life and […]

The Man Who Forgot He Doesn’t Exist — Art by Rob Goldstein

Natural Insect Repellent Spray Made With Essential Oils — Looking For The Light

Just in time for your summer vacation, ok, Covid-19 vacay. A natural incest repellent is a great alternative for those with sensitive skin or other skin allergies. Remember natural sprays do not contain DEET which can keep mosquitoes and ticks at bay that carry tick-borne illnesses like Lyme Disease. Be Well Melinda Willow & Sage […]

Natural Insect Repellent Spray Made With Essential Oils — Looking For The Light

My Migraine Journey — Looking For The Light

My migraine journey started off very quickly, painful, and terrifying. I had no idea what was happening since I had not had a migraine before. I thought something else was wrong with me. Maybe my eyes were strained, maybe I was under to much stress, maybe my brain tumor had come back, I just didn’t […]

My Migraine Journey — Looking For The Light

Ways To Alleviate Your Anxieties — Looking For The Light

Anxiety, chronic pain, and depression are among some of the most common issues in the world and a lot of medicines do not really assist purely with these symptoms. That is why there are plenty of alternatives that can assist, such as CBD. There are plenty of different types of CBD and they work in different […]

Ways To Alleviate Your Anxieties — Looking For The Light