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How I Walked Away From a Pimple

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I knew I would slip-up going into a self-imposed second quarantine due to my struggles in being a mother, needing at least one hip surgery, and living through a pandemic. A fact I accept in my dermatillomania recovery is I can’t be perfect with a disabled body and chronic pain, especially while going through everything […]

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Leaving Anxiety Class Was Better for my Mental Health

Leaving Anxiety Class Was Better for my Mental Health

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“Why are you challenging me, Angela?” When the lead therapist abruptly cut me off in anxiety group with ten other clients during the fourth week of anxiety class, it felt like I had gone from a safe learning environment to being put in the hot seat. Immediately, I felt my body flush with a stark […]

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How Pokemon Go is Bringing My Life Back

How Pokemon Go is Bringing My Life Back

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I was only twelve years old when my cousin first introduced me to a game boy emulator with the first generation of Pokemon games downloaded on it. I had never played a game as captivating as Pokemon Blue and by the end of the visit at my aunt’s house, I was told that four hours […]

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My Recovery From Dermatillomania

My Recovery From Dermatillomania

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When my cat died in July of 2014, I was absolutely devastated and I took to writing to pay a tribute to him- a life that encouraged me through my darkest times and loved me unconditionally for 15 years. I told myself that there is no pain in the world as great as losing him, […]

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What Grief Taught Me About My Picking

What Grief Taught Me About My Picking

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Life has been a complete roller coaster for me these past 6 months. Aside from my usual debilitating back troubles, I got to marry the love of my life back in April… but when something amazing happens in my life, Newton’s Third Law “for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction” comes into […]

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"Derma Didn't Stop Me" - The Best Day of My Life

“Derma Didn’t Stop Me” – The Best Day of My Life

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At 7pm on April 14th, I kissed my fiancé goodbye as he was about to leave our apartment for the traditional “don’t see the bride until she walks down the aisle” deal. Our relationship is fairly traditional and we don’t have religious affiliations or rituals that dictate our course in life so we chose what […]

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Chronic Pain Unraveled My Life

Chronic Pain Unraveled My Life

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I knew something wasn’t right with my body during my pre- pubescent years, but I was told by practitioners that with a bit of physiotherapy my muscles would balance out and my body would be without pain in no time. Boy, were they wrong. By the time I got my first cashier job at 17, […]

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Relapse: An Opportunity for Reflection

Relapse: An Opportunity for Reflection

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I have never stopped picking at my skin, not even for a full day in the past… at least 15 years now. I’m okay with this fact because of the lack of resources in my area to treat this condition, so I had to accept that this would be a part of me forever to […]

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