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When I refer to kindness, do you think I’m talking about your relationship with others? Of course, that is part of it, but usually am talking about how kind you are to yourself. If I had a recorder in your head, would I want to listen?

Look in the mirror and tell yourself you love yourself. And most of all, mean it. Is it harder to love yourself when you don’t feel well or perhaps you have a chronic disease?

I just read a book a patient loaned me. The Last Best Cure was written by Donna Jackson Nakazawa and details her experience of living with a chronic illness. Much of what she says in her book is what I was teaching in my Childhood Loss classes. Our childhood affects our adult life and if you had trauma as a child, it will make itself known. She is an excellent writer and hope you enjoy it as much as I did. What a great Christmas gift for someone who struggles with an auto-immune disease. Remember, you can read it first!

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