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The Many Faces of Anxiety

I had absolutely no idea what anxiety looked like thirty years ago when I became a parent. My only familiarity with anxiety and how it looked was my Mom being a “worry wart” or a friend being unable to get in an airplane without an escort to fly. I thought of anxiety as something few people ever really had and certainly I would never had and never would experience. Therefore, I had no idea how often I would encounter anxiety while raising a family of four children and being a marriage family therapist. Boy, was I ever wrong with a… Continue Reading This Article

Self-Care When Life Falls Apart

Seizures Happen We were at the hospital once again. Another seizure. We were used to the seizures. Our youngest son started having them at two years old. He had 50 to 100 petite mals per day and periodic grand mal seizures. (Or absence seizures and tonic clonic seizures) Only this time – my four year old son’s seizure lasted over forty five minutes. And this time – the whole family felt the tremendous shock and trauma of the seizure. My oldest son locked the door as we waited for the ambulance to arrive. When I asked him what he was… Continue Reading This Article

Grief – The Shock of It All

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The News Where were you when you found out? Were you standing up? Sitting down? Were you right with your loved one? I remember the phone calls. I remember where I was sitting – working – laying. One of my closest friends told me about Dad’s death. She did so with so much reluctance and compassion. She knew I had heard about the death of my Aunt (my second Mom) in a shockingly matter-of-fact way. I recall Judy saying, “Kate, I wish I were there, my friend. I wish I could say this in person and hug you… Your Mom… Continue Reading This Article

The Soul of Grief

1991. That was the year my identity took a shift. I always grew up being “Daddy’s Little Girl.” I would never be “Daddy’s Little Girl” again. Perhaps you know this type of shift, as well. Grief is like that. Grief shifts our world in ways no one is prepared for. Let’s face it. Who is prepared to have their identity shift from “Daddy’s Little Girl” to something you just might not have the words to describe? Kubler-Ross describes the steps of grief as Denial/Shock – Anger – Bargaining – Depression – Acceptance. When I give speeches about grief I often… Continue Reading This Article