How does your garden grow? (Self-care)

My friend Harriett and her fencing coach have a lovely expression when people ask them why they fence:” keeping the crazy howler monkeys in your head at bay.” I’ve heard “fighting your demons”, “being mindful”, “the mind-body balance”- call it what you want, but everybody needs something for themselves. I prefer self-care. Some people are crazy about the coloring books for grown ups, others do Yoga, Meditation- what have you. You need to have something that reminds you of yourself,Read more

The Mountain Calls- a Remission Story

“The mountain calls”- “der Berg ruft” is a common saying in Southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland, that is, everywhere we have mountains. It derives from the famous 1937 movie of the same title, by the unforgettable Luis Trenker (yes, this was before he had his own clothes line). It’s about the first person climbing the Matterhorn. I’ll save you an essay about Mountain films. When I was in the hospital this January, I was on ward 10 B, I hadRead more

Growing up with Crohn’s- a shitty childhood?

My dear friend Bea from http://www.notsocheesykitchen.com and I talk about health on a regular basis. Not only because she has been an amazing supporter and friend in the past few months, but because life has thrown her her own set of health challenges- both of her beautiful daughters suffer from a condition called galactosemia. It’s a genetic disorder that affects the metabolizing of milk sugars. When unrecognized can be deadly, especially in infants. As a result, Bea has become aRead more