Reach – Acupuncture

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I was at the park yesterday with a friend of mine, Stephanie, and while our kids played we talked about what was going on in our lives and where we are “at” right now. I mentioned, as I often do these days, the fact that I would like to make my “Year of 40” significant…and that I choose the word “reach” to be a mantra of sorts.

One thing we talked about was health and the fact that we’ve both suffered from months and months of allergy related symptoms and that we both want to lose weight. Lose weight. Remember the comic strip Cathy? Well – I’m running around, ripping my hair out shouting eekkkkkkkkkkk as I say that in true Cathy form.

Stephanie is my free spirit sister and we share many of the same thoughts about parenting, politics, work, books, etc. She mentioned that when she lived in Austin, she had tried Acupuncture and it really worked well.


Acupuncture has been on my mind for years. I’ve always believed in treating our bodies as a “whole” – where everything works together and energy flows from one part to another. I’ve suffered from things like allergies, headaches, depression and anxiety…illnesses/symptoms that are hard to fix with conventional medicine. Plus – I see different doctors for each different problem. I think Acupuncture would be something great to try that may help everything.

One teeny, weeny problem (well – actually hundreds of in teeny, weeny problems). Mama don’t like needles. Yet – I’m going to REACH out on this one and make this year my year to try acupuncture. I’ve had clogged up sinuses and ears for 3 months now that I can’t seem to shake…maybe acupuncture can help. And I’m always working to keep depression and anxiety at bay. Perhaps this is the answer? All I know is – it can’t hurt. Well – it can…but is it worth it? I’ll let you know!



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    beke says:

    Acupuncture is great. It really doesn't hurt- it's just a feeling you have to get used to.

    That being said, many Chiro's now do stuff with accupressure that works just as well if not better. Our whole family went alternative medicine several years ago. With five kids we've only been to the doctor (not counting preggo visits) I think 7 times in the last six years. The kids just don't get DR sick. There's much to be said for alternative whole body health .

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    Julie Fitzpatrick says:

    I have done accupuncture too and think very highly of it! It's a bit freaky at first, I'm not keen on needles either, but you'll be ok. I'll go with ya if you want and do it too! I'd love to! I'm a big believer and used it to treat my migraines years ago.

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