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Things That Moved, Inspired, And Humored Me This Week

“…so often we don’t know when we are experiencing a last something. Unless it’s a milestone we are expecting, like high school graduation. Last time I open my locker across from the chemistry classroom. More often, the Last Times happen when we are unaware, and it is only in retrospect or memory that we realize it, and it takes on a huge, new poignancy.” ~ from The Last Time: You’re Often Completely Unaware It’s Happening, by my friend Susan Ito

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This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever read….so much so that I couldn’t find just one part of excerpt here. Living With Infertility, by Jasmine Myers

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angryshoulder

This is what an “angry” shoulder joint looks like…and it’s mine. It’s what my surgeon saw when he ‘scoped my shoulder. And “angry” is the word he used to describe it to me (no joke) during my post-op appointment on Friday. Of course I told him about the blog post I had written (Laying Down My Arm(s): What A Frozen Shoulder Taught Me About Ego, Defensiveness, Worthiness, And Healing)

He gave me an A+ and a gold star, saying he didn’t expect to see doing as well as I am (in terms of pain, range of motion, and attitude). The bandages are off, the stitches are out, and the healing is well underway.

This is what a happy shoulder looks like inside.

happyshoulder

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“Most of us realize that the media displays only the prettiest photos of people, yet we compare ourselves to those images. We never get to see those photos juxtaposed against a picture of that same person looking unflattering. That contrast would help a lot of body image issues we as a culture have.” ~ photographer Gracie Hagan in Illusions Of The Body [note: the site to which I've linked contains nudity]

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cartoon

5 Comments

  • Posted January 20, 2014 at 12:24 am | Permalink

    Loved that last cartoon… so true! And what’s worse is that so many of us just follow that cycle too.

    • Karen
      Posted January 20, 2014 at 1:50 am | Permalink

      Mary!! Hey!

  • Posted January 20, 2014 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    Long may you heal.

    Thank you for the link to Susan’s lovely post. A good reminder…

  • Posted January 20, 2014 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    Your shoulder joint looked REALLY angry. I hope you will recover fully! :-)

    Also liked the Women’s magazine news cycle..

  • Posted January 21, 2014 at 8:51 pm | Permalink

    Glad you are healing & man I love that last paragraph about body image – I am sure that does not surprise you coming from me! AND the cartoon! :)

    LOVED the opening Karen…

    I always thing to your invitation to join your group – have not forgotten – just not read to bleed out loud yet. :)

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