Wellness

Our Mental Health

People come in all different shells, templates and forms. None of which can help determine if mental illness is being challenged or at risk.  People have learned to how to cope, maneuver and get by with whatever state of mind they might be in.

Mental health is a serious topic, but yet still continues to be taken lightly.  RCR! Presents Real Discussions discussed this topic with two experienced therapists within the mental health industry.

Erica Strayhorn James of EJ Counseling and Nathalie Ellis of Esteem Counseling Services were very knowledgeable about the different types and forms of mental illness.  What I found to be interesting is that they have clients that are young as 3 years old. The ladies had several examples that they shared to help enlighten us about what mental health is really all about.

A few things that are helpful in dealing with mental illness is journaling daily. This will help in expressing what the person is feeling and dealing with. 
Equipping people with information and educating the person about their choices, outlets and strategies are a good practice. Lastly, just practicing self care routines everyday will also help combat in battling mental illness.

It’s also helpful to involve loved ones in the educational process. Like any other illness, getting love and support will help manage any situation better.  

Keep in mind that individuals can get to see a therapist just like seeing a primary care physician.  Don’t struggle to get mental wellness on your own.  

Check out the episode - Our Mental Wellness on the Real Chicks Rock YouTube channel and reach out to these ladies or other mental health professionals or therapists

Erica James Licensed Marriage & Family Counselor - https://www.ejcounselingatl.com/meet-erica

Nathalie D. Ellis, LPC - https://esteemcounselingservices.com/about-us/

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The Many Phases of Cancer

The Many Phases of Cancer.

 

We have the audacity to think that when people have cancer, they should begin to look a certain way. Especially when they have stage 4 cancer. We have a lot of nerve.

 

Nickole Justice and Deborah Huddleston don’t look sick at all. They are two beautiful women, they are mothers and they are dealing with stage 4 cancer.

 

Neither one of the women knew that they had cancer. They weren’t feeling well and went to the doctor. For Nickole, they told her that she was too young to have cancer. Therefore, the opportunity to diagnose her cancer early and catch it was missed. Deborah had been running her own business, took care of many and carried on her day to day routine. She too wasn’t feeling well one day and decided to go and get checked out.

 

You can only imagine that this was life changing for both women. Their jobs. Their careers. Their families impacted. These ladies don’t have time to be scared because they are in a fight for their lives every day.

 

Healthcare that’s afforded to them is not enough and it’s a constant battle to acquire and maintain coverage.  Their families have stepped in to help provide the support they need. And yet they still fight. They won’t quit. They want to live. 

 

Despite everything that was thrown at them, they were winning until we lost one of them.  On Sunday, June 10, 2018, we lost Nickole Justice to stage 4 cancer. She leaves behind her 10-year daughter nicknamed Nurse Peaches, her parents, family, and friends. It was my honor to meet her and have her and Deborah on RCR! Presents Real Discussions on Sunday, May 20th.   We extend our prayer and condolences to her family and we’re so thankful to have met her.

Thank you Nickole for sharing your battle with us, it will be used to help others.

 

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Health and Wellness

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Health and Wellness are 2 words, we like to see go hand and hand. Especially, when it’s the beginning of a new year.

We are becoming more and more aware of our food options and choices. The pesticides and steroids that are placed on and in our foods are unacceptable.

Chef Jamel Thompson and Jackie and Janae Madison were very passionate about what we eat, how it’s prepared, the portions and making sure we exercise.

Chef Jamel brings a vast amount of information to the discussion.  He studied and received his degree
His vegan food leaves your mouth wanting for more as the taste is incredible.

Jackie and Janae Madison is a mother and daughter combination that enjoys exercising and stay well together. The 6-year-old Janae holds her Mom accountable by making sure they exercise every day together. Jackie coaches people to eat appropriate portions. Both Jackie and Jamel would agree that if you’re going to eat meat, make sure it’s a good cut and the right portion. Don’t overdo it.

Both these professionals can now offer help on what and how to eat. Most people would agree that all the exercising will be without value without the proper diet and food portions to go with it. Everyone one is different, so govern yourselves accordingly.

Here’s to wishing you and yours nothing but health and wellness in 2018 and the years to come

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If you missed the discussion, feel free to check out on the Real Chicks Rock YouTube Channel.

Remember to...

- Make decisions about what and how you eat food that best suits you.

- You gotta keep moving, stay active and mobile.

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