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Simple Ways A Good Diet Changes Your Life For The Better

Hi everyone. I am pleased to present this guest post about how your diet affects your overall lifestyle. Enjoy…

Food is indeed the fuel of life as it is needed in all bodily processes that enables you to think, breathe, move and even feel. All aspects of life are so influenced by what you eat that even the slightest alterations to your diet choices can have a profound effect on your metabolic processes.

To explain how deeply your meals have an effect on your health, below are simple ways showing how a good diet affects your life for the better.

Increased Energy
A deficiency of Vitamins C, B12 and folate can lead to acute fatigue. And when fatigue kicks in, your energy ultimately depletes and create a direct impact on other conditions impacting your health.

By absorbing the necessary vitamins your body requires, you lower the risk of getting vitamin deficiencies and anemia. Sources rich in chlorophyll, essential fatty acids, magnesium, vitamin C and other nutrient-dense foods will help boost energy.

Improved Mood
The lack of nutrients makes your body unable to produce the amount of chemicals it needs to support all metabolic activities. This affects your brain chemistry and can possibly lead to mental health issues like anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. When your body does not get the nutrition it needs, it affects the production of hormones and influences other mood regulators like serotonin.

The typical American diet is rich in fat. Though certain lipids are healthy for you, others like saturated fats can contribute to weight gain and mood problems due to hindered activity of your body’s neurotransmitters caused by an unhealthy diet. Cutting back on refined sugars and processed food can also decrease your chances of depression.

Weight Management
Healthy meals are not just nutrient rich, they also help reduce excess body fat. Along with a slimmer waistline, you also reduce the risk of getting high blood pressure, sleep apnea and diabetes.

Sticking to a high-fat diet does nothing but put your health at risk. It restricts blood flow in your blood vessels and causes heart plaque formation. Good food choices can effectively improve oxygen retention in your blood to help supply the needs of your other major organs.

Reduced Risk of Diseases
Cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, heart conditions – these are dreadful diseases that a good nutrition can help prevent. Disregarding the necessary nutrients your body needs can elevate cholesterol and blood sugar levels and can ultimately lead to stroke or diabetes. By eating a diet rich in fiber, fruits and vegetables, you have a better control of your cholesterol and sugar.

Glowing Skin
A diet high in fat usually leads to increased sebum production. Too much sebum can clog some pores and become a breeding ground for bacteria which leads to pimples, acne breakouts, and mottled skin.

Eating a diet rich in good fat such as mono and polyunsaturated fats will help improve your skin’s elasticity and oil production. Eating healthy foods also increases the amount of antioxidants in your body which help fight the signs of aging.

Ginger, turmeric and cinnamon are among the spices that pack the highest antioxidants quantity. Some of them are produced as health supplements to make it easier for people to consume them. You can order turmeric, curcumin and ginger tea online. You can also purchase them in pharmacies and many food and health stores.

Longer Lifespan
Eating a good diet does nothing but improve and extend your quality of life. People with good nutrition are generally happier, healthier and have longer life expectancy due to the absence of diseases and other physical and mental complications that a consistent good diet have brought about.

If you wish to live a longer and healthier life, these simple lifestyle and diet changes will bring about positive results, and making them a habit will have a lasting effect on your life.

Author Bio:

Katrina Rice is a mom and a freelance writer. She strongly believes in the concept of holistic wellness through healthy and natural living, traveling and immersing one’s self in new activities. A self-proclaimed health enthusiast, she hopes to inspire more people to do the same.

Happy Spring Holiday 2017

Hi everyone. Whether it is Easter or Passover….Happy Spring Holiday 2017! Enjoy this blessed day…

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.







TKR Nerve Damage: Some Helpful Insight

Hi everyone. Many of you have been contacting me about dealing with tkr nerve damage, so thought I would pitch in. My feedback is based on personal experience. As I have mentioned before, over the years my body developed very noticeable bone spurs on each side of my left knee. This knee was finally replaced in my total knee replacement surgery.

The bone spurs looked like quite noticeable hooks. Picture a hook that holds towels, chains, etc and you get the idea. These hooks dug into my nerves every time I moved. They severed the nerves, causing them to severely shred. Technically speaking, this is known as severe neuropathy. Anyways, here some insight about my tkr nerve damage….

There are extended times when the pain is either completely unnoticeable or slightly uncomfortable. When I swim, the pain is almost nonexistent – most of the time. In fact, I had gone for so long without any nerve damage pain, I forgot that the possibility was there.

Then, I attended a workout known as Body Pump. The workout can be adjusted to individual preferences. I chose to use very light weights of five pounds.

The workout consists of squats, pushups, planks, arm lifts, and other maneuvers that result in a whole-body set. Motions go from slow to fast-paced. It is a versatile workout program. Movements can be modified to suit individual needs.

My squats were very shallow. Part of that was due to having decreased tkr mobility. I have a 93-degree bend in my knee. I did wall push-ups so I didn’t have to get onto the floor for the standard version. No problem. None of the arm maneuvers were a concern. I felt very good after the workout.

The next day was another story. My nerves were sending loud and clear messages. It is now a month afterwards, and I still have the remnants of overdoing it. I know it could be much worse, but it is an annoyance.

I hope this helps others going through the same thing involving tkr nerve damage. I must reiterate, the nerve damage is not caused by the total knee replacement surgery. My tkr did not fix the neuropathy, either.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.






How To Naturally Heal TKR Scars With Food

Hi everyone. Scars seem to be a common subject among you, my favorite readers. I just got done reading an interesting article on how to best heal scars the natural way. Knowing what a doozy I have (it’s about 10 inches..I haven’t measured it), I thought it would be fun to write a post about how foods can be used to naturally heal a tkr scar.

Personally, I like my tkr scar. It’s healed just fine. Nine years after my total knee replacement surgery, it has blended in well. In part, I believe, is the fact I eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables. Food is my healing agent.

Below is some information that provides insight into my reasoning. My data comes from personal experience as well as backup content from the American Dietetic Association. Here goes….

Vitamins that can benefit scar healing are high in antioxidants. The antioxidants are essential for healing of wounds/scars. These include Vitamins C, E and A. I’ll talk about Vitamin C now, for no particular reason other than it’s fresh on my mind. Here goes…

Vitamin C is found in more vegetables than you probably imagine. It is found in dark leafy vegetables such as spinach, mustard greens, collard greens and various dark-colored lettuces (like red leaf). The vitamin is also found in winter squash, green peppers, broccoli, brussel sprouts (or mini-cabbages as some know them) and cabbage varieties.

If you have a sweet tooth (which fruit can satisfy), you’re in luck. Vitamin C is found in berries such as raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, marionberries, blueberries and huckleberries. Citrus fruits like oranges, grapefruit, lemons and limes are also rich in the vitamin.

Mango, watermelon and pineapples are other sources that contain ample amounts to help in skin healing. Snacking on a mango..oohlala! Mixing some fresh fruit into plain yogurt is another option…:)

So you know, I’m talking about the fresh varieties of fruits and vegetables. Personally, I’m not a fan of canned foods, but they do come in handy. One occasion is using them as my minestrone soup base when ripe fresh ones are unavailable.

It’s also nice to have some canned food on hand for emergency power outages or the like. For everyday/consistent eating, though…no. Nothing beats a freshly steamed pot of veggies and serving of protein.

Well, hope this helps others going through the same thing. Take action to start naturally healing any total knee replacement scars. Remember… You are what you eat.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.







7 Ways To Speed Up Your Total Knee Replacement Recuperation

Hi everyone. I have been receiving inquiries from many of you for ways to speed up a total knee replacement recuperation. Here is an updated article I wrote when going through the initial tkr rehab. The information still holds true today.

Having your tkr surgery is only part of the process. How you deal with the total knee replacement recuperation that allows you to effectively utilize use your new bionic knee is another segment. It, actually, is the hardest part. Only you can determine the extent of your success.

Below are some ways I have noticed an improvement in my own total knee replacement recuperation. My knee is getting better every day because of them. They may work for you.

Drum roll, please….

1. Become mobile as quick as possible. Every hour on the hour, get up and walk around. Your level of total knee replacement recuperation (and physical therapist) will determine whether you use a walking aide.

2. Do as much as you can for yourself. Do not rely on others when you can easily (or not that easily) do it yourself. You will only be hurting yourself.

3. Know that it will be painful. You cannot get around having pain after a major surgery. That’s common sense, but I was completely unprepared for the immense pain afterwards.

4. Take a pain med prior to your exercise. I find that 30-minutes beforehand works best for me. Taking the med takes the edge off of the discomfort you will feel during movements. Of course, your pain meds will decrease as time goes on and your level of recuperation increases.  The sooner the better, I say.

5. Set a goal for your knee flexibility. Increase in small increments. Find a ‘hash mark’ on the floor that you want to stretch your foot to. Lift your leg farther than an earlier attempt.  Your physical therapist can help with this.

6. Keep icing. After every total knee replacement recuperation exercise routine, I use a variety of icing methods. The best is a simple ice pack. You can buy them prepared or make your own. Simply put some ice cubes in a sealable plastic bag. Cover your knee with a towel before applying. I have also found that frozen peas & carrots work well.

7. Elevate. Keep your leg elevated when not exercising. This helps the healing process.

Total knee replacement recuperation takes effort, determination, and perseverance. There were many times when, if looks could kill, my physical therapist wouldn’t be there.

Hope this helps others going through the same thing. Good luck and keep at it!

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.







Natural Edible Sleep Aides To Help Your TKR

Hi everyone. As we all know, sleeping is difficult while recuperating from a total knee replacement (aka tkr). Did you know that there are some edible sleep aides that can naturally help you drift off into a more peaceful slumber.

Once the extreme pain lessens, foods can actually be used as natural edible sleep aides to help with your tkr recuperation. They can make a difference. They did – and still do – for me, anyways. I share my firsthand experiences to help others going through the same thing.

We all experiment with different things to make sleep come easier. This is how I found out about the foods mentioned below. This combined with some research – both online and offline – set the foundation for sweet dreams.

Be aware, though, natural foods are not miracle cures. Your body has to digest the foods before you receive any benefits. (I know that’s common sense, but I had to say it.) Not all foods work for all people. We are unique individuals with unique physiologies.

Whether it is tryptophan, magnesium, protein, calcium, carbohydrates, potassium, or vitamin B6 – there is something for everyone here. So…here goes:

BANANAS
These are my favorite. A perfectly ripe banana does the trick every time. The potassium eases any pain involved, making it a surefire hit on the list of natural sleep aides. For an extra kick, mix one into some yogurt and enjoy.

YOGURT and DAIRY
Warm milk has been a natural sleep remedy since great grandmother’s youth. Any dairy product works well, though. My favorite is plain yogurt.

Plain yogurt not only settles the digestive system, the calcium helps release tryptophan into the body. According to researchers, the brain uses tryptophan to manufacture melatonin.

LEAFY GREENS
Try eating a handful of leafy greens before going to bed. I like munching on them by themselves. You may be different, though.

Leafy greens include red, butter, iceberg, romaine, kale, spinach, Or, make a simple tea by steeping some greens in hot water for two minutes. Let cool for a bit and drink.

NUTS
Enjoy a serving of walnuts, which contain noticable amounts of tryptophan. Put some on a green salad for an extra taste treat before hitting the hay.

Almonds are known for being magnesium sources. Magnesium has a reputation for being increasing sleep quality. I like eating about five whenever needed.

That’s all I can think of for now for foods that can be used as natural sleep aides. Do you have any food suggestions to share?

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.







Are You Experiencing Any TKR Swelling?

Are you experiencing any tkr swelling? I commonly get asked that question. If you’re like me, you thought the swelling would go down (or away) shortly after your tkr. Well, to answer the question…Mine sure swells up, even nine years after my tkr.

I promised Renee from Croatia (“Hi Renee!”) I’d write an updated post about this topic, so here it is. Thanks for the request, Renee. 🙂

NOTE: I originally wrote about tkr swelling eight years ago. Where has the time gone? 😕 You can search for this post/article by utilizing the search box found in the upper right hand corner of my home page. Simply type in ‘tkr swelling’ to bring up a series of posts related to this topic. You may find my personal insight particularly helpful.

My tkr swelling is nowhere near what it was during the first couple years after my tkr. Currently, my tkr area swells up when I overdo it. I may not realize I’m overdoing it until I get home and take a look at my leg.

Other times, I can feel the swelling occurring because my knee area loses its flexibility. Or, my jeans tighten around my tkr. That’s a strange feeling. 😕 Go figure…

Swelling occurs more frequently when I walk on uneven surfaces like gravel, unpaved trails, broken sidewalks, or other similar areas. This is because my ankle shifts from side-to-side.

When I speak of tkr swelling, I am also talking about the calf area. This is very common in my situation. There are times when my knee area will not significantly swell, but the front of my tibia sure does. The area known as the shin looks like the mumps, if you can picture that. There is no pain, though.

I hope my experience helps others going through the same thing. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

No matter what your level of tkr swelling, always remember that icing and rest will bring the situation back into check. Hang in there!

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.







How To Handle TKR Stiffness

Hi everyone. I have been receiving some inquiries from a number of you about how to deal with tkr stiffness. To clarify for those uninitiated -tkr stands for total knee replacement. (That’s for my SEO gurus..:) )

I thought it would be nice to take a few moments and share some personal insight that works for me. Just so you know, yes…I still have stiffness years after my tkr. And, it’s been nine years since my total knee replacement. Wow…

* Do isometrics.
Isometrics involve tightening your leg muscles. Hold this tension for about six to eight seconds. Release and relax for five seconds. Go on to the next muscle until you have exercised your entire tkr leg. Isometrics are great for blood circulation. I LOVE isometrics.

Isometrics can be done anywhere, any time. I especially like doing them when I am driving or watching TV. Know that these exercises raise blood pressure, so be sure to check with your medical care provider before including them in your routine.

* Do ankle circles.
Gently and slowly lift your tkr-side foot from the surface. Slowly start rotating your foot from right to left. Do five of these maneuvers. Lower your foot to the surface. Relax for ten seconds. Repeat this flexibility movement with your other leg.

This exercise can be done while sitting at a desk, in a recliner, or while standing. Do them on land or in water, whatever suits your fancy. Find time to fit it in to your daily regime to reap the best results.

* Ride an exercise bike.
You were likely given a tkr recuperation exercise that involves riding an exercise bike. There is a reason for this. Bicycling stretches all your leg muscles.

One maneuver that works well for me involves pedaling slowly until my tkr leg reaches the top of the pedaling ‘circle’. Then, I apply pressure on the pedals to gently and slowly rock my leg back and forth. When done correctly, you will feel a gentle stretch on the top of your tkr.

* Walking
No article on tkr stiffness would be complete without mentioning walking. Walking can be done indoors at home, a fitness track, and/or shopping mall. Do it outdoors for a change of scenery. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and socks. Only walk at a pace that is comfortable for you. Never overextend yourself.

* Take frequent breaks.
Position your tkr leg differently. Working different muscle groups is crucial for dealing with tkr stiffness. It prevents your leg from getting numb, also. This is especially true when driving. Stop the car, get out and stretch. Doing something as “simple” as gentle marching will work well. Get your blood flowing.

* Touch your toes.
This age-old exercise stretches all your leg muscles. I especially like the way my hamstrings feel when I touch my hands to the floor’s surface. This is a great way to keep the back of your tkr flexible. Of course, be sure to only do it as far as your comfort level allows. Never overextend yourself.

* Stand up slowly.
Whenever you stand up after sitting awhile, be sure to do it slowly and deliberately. Hold onto something, if needed. Standing up too fast can make you dizzy and off-balance. This increases your risks of falling and causing further damage. Some people with tkr stiffness do not realize it exists until they stand up quickly and lose their balance. Do not let this happen. Take your time standing up.

* Stretch regularly.
When dealing with tkr stiffness, remember that stretching throughout the day is key to being flexible. Instead of only doing flexibility exercises during your recuperation hour, find time to squeeze them in at other times.

Stretch while standing in line, sitting in a lobby, waiting in traffic, or other opportune moments. There is never an excuse for not stretching.

* Do ankle lifts.
Instead of “simply” standing, lift your heels from the surface. Stand on your foot pads for a few seconds. Lower yourself back to original position. Do this for as many times as is comfortable. Your calf muscles play a crucial role in helping your tkr function properly.

OK, that’s all I have for now. Hopefully, my suggestions can help you and others going through similar situations. We have to work at keeping our total knee replacements from becoming stiff.

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.







Working Out and Why You Need a Good Diet Plan

Hi everyone. We all know the importance that diet and working out plays in living a healthy life. Here is a SPONSORED GUEST POST written by Sherry McKenna that may be helpful. Please visit “Summer Is Coming”.

Staying in shape and making sure that your body is well taken care of is something that should represent a prime concern every day for every person. However, that is not always the case and often times people find themselves engaging in reckless habits that on the long run leave heavy marks on both body and mind.

But every now and then, something comes along that sparks people’s interest in getting fit and following a healthier lifestyle. Such reasons are as numerous and diverse as the amount of people involved. It all depends on what motivates each one.

However, there are some typical reasons that seem to apply to most people. So you finally met someone you really like and want to improve your physical appearance? Or maybe you are concerned that summer is coming and you won’t be “eligible” for a day at the beach. Maybe you want to do it for yourself.

No matter what, it’s never too late to start taking care of yourself. There are numerous very expensive ways to do it. There are also a lot of cheap, or even free ways, in which you can get in shape. It all comes down to how much you want it, what you can afford, and what time investment is involved.

Before you hurry into the gym with nothing but a towel in your hand and a newfound unquenchable thirst for fitness, you may want to educate yourself. There are two elements that need to be balanced out for a successful fitness lifestyle. Let’s take a look and see what you need to take into consideration.

Exercise
This one is pretty self-explanatory. It’s not rocket science that working out helps you get in shape. The method, or methods, you choose differ. Experiment to find what works best for you. Remember that organizing your workout routines may be challenging when you also have to incorporate school or work into your busy schedule.

With a bit of work, you will be able to find the necessary time to regularly work out and mend your body. You could go for the usual gym subscription, or you could just get some tennis shoes and jog after work or school.

Whatever method you choose, it doesn’t have to be in excess. It’s about continuity and being able to keep at it for a long period of time. Thus, smaller but regular workouts are the way to go. Find something you enjoy.

Diet
If you are working out at the gym every single day only to go home and stuff your face, you will soon realize that you have accomplished nothing. Dieting and working out need to be in perfect balance. One reflects the other in a big way. That being said, make sure you follow a consistent and healthy diet that will give you all the nutrients you need and take out all the detrimental stuff out.

No one expects you to accurately know the benefits of each type of food and how it reacts when it comes in contact with other types. That’s a nutritionist’s job. Consider consulting with a qualified professional to receive personalized insight on what to eat. This will make certain your workouts are efficient and rewarding. That way you won’t overdo it.

It is never too late to start. What are you waiting for?

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SITE NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.







9 Years After a TKR

Hi everyone. I regularly get asked about my tkr – or total knee replacement – updates. It’s nice to know that my insight is helpful to so many of you. The time has come for another one. It is hard to believe that nine years have already passed since I had my total knee replacement. So, here is my 9 Years After a TKR update.

I have stated it before throughout this blog, but need to reiterate. I am a successful recipient of a bionic knee. Luckily, I am experiencing no complications, nor have I ever. I have never had a manipulation.

Here are some of things going on that are worth mentioning….

I am proudly on ZERO medications and in my 60’s.

My tkr knee still swells when overdoing it. Sometimes it is painful.

My “good” knee crunches like paper, but has no pain.

My tkr sometimes click. It is nothing of concern. I have written about this previously.

My bionic knee flexibility is where it was prior to my total knee replacement.

Kneeling is possible, but with some support and pain.

I can get on the floor, but it surely is not a pretty picture. It would make a good YouTube video, for sure.

I regularly exercise. Many exercises are the same ones I did preparing for my tkr.

My exercises include: swimming, isometrics, walking, chair yoga, yoga, lifting weights, and balance – among others.

Walking on uneven,unsecured surfaces (like gravel) is uncomfortable. It can be done, though. I just take my time. This issue occurred prior to my tkr and still exists.

I maintain an ideal weight.

I believe the reason I am doing so well is that I have been living a healthy lifestyle, long before it became the current rage. I eat plenty of produce and always have. So much, in fact, that it can get tiring having so much to compost. 🙂

My meal plan plays a key role in living with my tkr. I severely limit my consumption of the standard American diet. “We are what we eat”, as the saying goes. Nothing pleases me more than enjoying some steamed veggies and a protein. I firmly believe that moderation is the key.

I hope this 9-year post-tkr update helps others going through the same thing. – Marie

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AUTHOR NOTE: Booktoots’ Healing helps total knee replacement patients find support throughout recuperation and beyond. Its mission is for patients to understand they are not alone in their ordeal with either a tkr or other physicality concerns.

The site is owned and operated by Marie Buckner, a published author and tkr patient who has been living with various physicalities for over 30+ years. She enjoys sharing her experiences to help others going through the same thing.