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What It's Like For Me When I'm Not Okay

What It's Like For Me When I'm Not OkayByM.W. Leigh 
Please be advised that some content in this article may be triggering.
Today it's 3:50AM. I just got off the phone with a friend in a different timezone so she could go to bed at a somewhat normal time. I told her I love her and goodnight, not only because she’s my best friend, but because I needed her to validate that the anxiety and depression are lying to me.
I've never really laid it all out before in my own words. So here I am. Sitting in my room in the very early morning, I'm watching an anime movie I’ve been looking forward to and trying to get rid of the sinking feeling in my stomach: the one I always get. It's like the feeling you get when you're leaning back and a chair and you almost fall backwards… it's like that but it's constant. Telling me something horrible is going to happen but I don't know what. I take my xanax, and I hope one MG will be enough to calm me down. However, even if…

The Sounds of Advice #37: Spring Cleaning

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Spring cleaning tips and tricks:
Aisling: Designate a day for each room or even a week for each room if you have bigger projects in mind. Make a list so you don't forget anything. Take breaks as needed. Declutter as you clean so you don't have as much to clean. 
Even if you only have 10 or 20 minutes to clean, fit in as much as you can. Little by little it makes a difference!
Sandy: Take your time in doing the house! Do a room a week if you need to. Just make sure to go through everything getting rid of things you don't need or forgot you had until you came across it. This will help will getting rid of clutter as well for room you might need! Take breaks when need and don't overwhelm yourself. :)
Kate:  I'm the google queen when it comes to research. Usually that's how I end up answering the advice questions when I'm stuck. There are so many tips and tricks out there! I found one particularly interesting photo gallery on the Good Housekeeping website. Instead o…

Everyday Miracles and CDH

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What is Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia (CDH)?(CDH) is a birth defect of the diaphragm. The most common type of CDH is a Bochdalek hernia; other types include Morgagni hernia, diaphragm eventration and central tendon defects of the diaphragm. Malformation of the diaphragm allows the abdominal organs to push into the chest cavity, hindering proper lung formation.
CDH is a life-threatening pathology in infants and a major cause of death due to two complications: pulmonary hypoplasia and pulmonary hypertension. Experts disagree on the relative importance of these two conditions, with some focusing on hypoplasia, others on hypertension. Newborns with CDH often have severe respiratory distress which can be life-threatening unless treated appropriately.


RRSMS has teamed up with the lovely Andrea Stenlund to raise money for CDH awareness through the anthology Everyday Miracles. All proceeds will be donated to CHERUBS.



Question of the Day #45: Marrying Musicians

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Gina: There's a couple.
Kate: Danny Bemrose of Scars on 45 
Sandy: This is so hard. I would have to say Chad Kroger though. He is yummy!

Melissa: Jared Leto. Because he's infinitely perfect. 
Renee: None
Aisling: Umm...I'd say Ryan Tedder
 Twinkle: Enrique
Sid: Oh dear, that's a hard one. Maybe Ed Sheeran. 
Arminta: Otep
Lori: Adam Levine from Maroon 5 or Donnie Wahlberg from New Kids on the Block
Radeyah: Mmmmmm. I don't think there are any right now that I'd want to marry. Lol! 

The Sounds of Advice #36: Hobbies

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How to find and learn a new hobby:
Aisling: Research some of your interests. If any appeal to you that have hobbies you could practice go ahead & give it a try. It could be anything from reading, to painting, to hiking. When it comes to hobbies the sky is the limit!
Sandy: Best thing I would do is go places and look at things (hobby lobby, Michael's, Walmart) look around st things. If you see something that you might like. Get it and try it. You won't know for sure until you try it out.
Kate:  
1, Look to Your Past
Are there things you enjoyed as a kid that you might still enjoy as an adult? Maybe you had an awesome record collection, loved to sew clothes for your dolls or were always out on your bike. Those are all things you could pick up again as an adult that would make great hobbies.
Or there may be hobbies in your home right now that you started but have recently neglected. Maybe it’s time to finish that crochet project or pick up the guitar again.

2, Go on a Scavenger Hunt

Invisible Illness: Migraines

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What is a migraine? A migraine can cause severe throbbing pain or a pulsing sensation, usually on just one side of the head. It's often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, and extreme sensitivity to light and sound.
Migraine attacks can cause significant pain for hours to days and can be so severe that the pain is disabling.
Warning symptoms known as aura may occur before or with the headache. These can include flashes of light, blind spots, or tingling on one side of the face or in your arm or leg.
Medications can help prevent some migraines and make them less painful. Talk to your doctor about different migraine treatment options if you can't find relief. The right medicines, combined with self-help remedies and lifestyle changes, may help.

Symptoms:Migraines often begin in childhood, adolescence or early adulthood. Migraines may progress through four stages: prodrome, aura, headache and post-drome, though you may not experience all stages.
Prodrome:One or two days before a migraine…

Question of the Day #44: Musician's Physical Attractiveness

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Gina: No

Kate: No, but it doesn't hurt lol (I'm kidding) Honestly, half the time I don't have a clue what any of them look like unless I've seen them live.

Sandy: No, I can't tell you how many times I have finally seen the singer after listening to them for a while and going I had no idea they looked like that. Lol

Melissa: It's definitely much more nice to look at, but for real ... If you have an amazing voice/vocal range, or you can play the crap out of an instrument, it really doesn't matter.

Renee: No

Aisling: Not really

Twinkle: Nope

Sid: Not really

Arminta: No, but it is an added bonus of going to see them live

Heather: Not for me

Lori: Nope

Radeyah: No it doesn't