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October, 2018


New hope for a drug to treat lymphedema symptoms

October 22, 2018 As a science journalist, I’ve written for years about the research of Stanley Rockson, MD, a Stanford expert on lymphedema, a little-known but widespread disease that causes painful, unsightly swelling of the limbs. But I’ve never heard him quite so excited as he was about his most recent scientific publication. As I described in my story on the study, which published last week in JCI Insights, researchers found that an anti-inflammatory drug called ketoprofen works to ease symptoms of the disease. This discovery is particularly exciting because no cure exists for lymphedema, andRead More


1. We trust too easily and we don’t trust enough. The children of narcissists are taught that they live in a frightening world – one where love is rarely unconditional. In the early stages of healing, the sight of healthy love and affection always looks slightly suspect to us. On the other hand, the sight of toxic love is all too familiar and feels like a comfort zone. We trust in the monsters disguised as saviors far more easily than we do those who offer us a stable version of love. Dangerous people representRead More


4. We can be ‘swallowed whole’ by the person we love; we make excellent caretakers but we have to work on becoming better boundary-makers. Remember that hyper-attunement? Well, it comes in handy for being caretakers but not so much when it comes to maintaining boundaries. We learned to cater to the needs of our toxic parents at a very young age in order to survive. Many of us even took on parent roles. This means our boundaries are porous and need extra work and maintenance. Otherwise, we can be swallowed whole by whoever we’re datingRead More

How Safe Is Lymphedema Surgery?

  Modern lymphedema surgeries are considered safe by those familiar with the procedures. In the past, lymphedema surgeries were less successful and much more invasive. The procedures were mostly ablative, meaning that large amounts of tissue including skin and deeper structures were removed. Patients often ended up with significant disfigurement and problems after the surgeries. Modern Lymphedema Surgical Treatment Modern lymphedema procedures are much less invasive, much more effective and much safer. These procedures include: Vascularized lymph node transfer (VLNT) Lymphaticovenous anastomosis (LVA) Suction assisted protein lipectomy (SAPL) We knowRead More

No matter what he tried, Aaron just couldn’t stay awake

Narcolepsy destroyed Aaron’s life, his cataplexy almost killed him. Aaron Schokman was in his second year of university when his life took a dramatic turn for the worse. No matter what he tried, he just couldn’t stay awake. He would zone out during lectures. When he came to, he was still taking notes but they didn’t make any sense. At first, he thought drifting off in lectures was just a normal symptom of being in his 20s. But before long it became a constant struggle to stay awake. Aaron’s worldRead More

How Society Gaslights Survivors of Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Psychopaths

  “There is a class of individuals who have been around forever and who are found in every race, culture, society and walk of life. Everybody has met these people, been deceived and manipulated by them, and forced to live with or repair the damage they have wrought. These often charming—but always deadly—individuals have a clinical name: psychopaths. Their hallmark is a stunning lack of conscience; their game is self-gratification at the other person’s expense. Many spend time in prison, but many do not. All take far more than theyRead More

How Society Gaslights Survivors of Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Psychopaths

What they fail to understand is that rumination and over-analysis are effects of the trauma they experienced. Survivors of any form of abuse are always attempting to sift through the thoughts, feelings, and memories which have caused them this cognitive dissonance. That’s why they tend to tell their stories again and again – because they are attempting to provide a coherent narrative to the trauma they just experienced. This narrative allows them to overcome the cognitive dissonance and dissociation (including the disconnect among thoughts, memories, emotions) they experienced as aRead More

18 Things That Happen When An Empath Falls In Love With A Narcissist

1. The empath enters the relationship wanting deep, unconditional love. The empath is attracted to the narcissist, and feels their need for affection is being met even if the narcissist isn’t doing anything to develop the connection. The empath feels fulfilled and “in love” just from being around them. 2. The empath begins to believe that they have a “once in a lifetime” kind of connection with the narcissist, and the narcissist affirms it – what they have is special. This is what makes it seem impossible to just walk away. 3. TheRead More

Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and Seahawks owner, dies at 65

  Microsoft co-founder and Seahawks owner Paul Allen has died following a battle with non-Hodgkins lymphoma. SEATTLE — Microsoft co-founder and Seahawks owner Paul Allen has died from complications associated with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. He was 65. “Paul’s family and friends were blessed to experience his wit, warmth, his generosity and deep concern,” Jody Allen, Paul Allen’s sister, said in a statement. “For all the demands on his schedule, there was always time for family and friends. At this time of loss and grief for us – and so many othersRead More

5 Toxic Ways Narcissistic Mothers Emotionally Abuse Their Children

The narcissistic mother engages in the following toxic behaviors: 1. She chronically shames her children.  Shaming is a tactic the narcissistic mother uses to ensure that her children never develop a stable sense of identity or self-esteem – to ensure that they never grow independent enough outside of seeking her validation or approval. She shames her children for not accomplishing enough academically, socially, professionally and personally. She shames them for their choice of career, partner, friends, lifestyle, their manner of dress, their personality, their preferences – all of these andRead More