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Tamra

California
I am a college student who was diagnosed with vulvar vestibulitis, a subtype of vulvodynia in November 2007. Vulvodynia is a chronic pain condition affecting millions of women in our world today, yet it continues to be ignored. There is no current cure. My blog exists to spread awareness because... Full Bio
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The Man Behind the Curtain by Tamra Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Pain does not equal damage. You are more than your pain. These ideas are easy to understand, yet difficult to adopt. Imagine if we (patients and practitioners) could em ... Read on »
Birthday Wishes by Tamra Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health For the past 5 years I have stared at the candles in front of me and wished for the pain to go away. There were even a few birthdays I refused to leave bed because I was so ... Read on »
Truth's Illumination    ... by Tamra Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Truth's Illumination    One glowing flame canlight a hundred candles,and then a hundred timesa hundred more. I pray to be such a flame, my illusionsgiving fuel to what is ... Read on »
Pain's grasp by Tamra Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health I promised more updates and exciting news over this winter break which has come and gone. However, circumstances arose and people very close to me needed my attention and ca ... Read on »
The Road by Tamra Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health I'm training for the Philly half-marathon and had to do my eight mile run today. It's beautiful out, but it still took effort to drag myself out the door and off to th ... Read on »
Transitions by Tamra Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health My life is currently in a series of transitions. I'm transitioning from suburban life to city life, from a familiar home to a new apartment. I'm transitioning from an employ ... Read on »
Power   Living     in the ea ... by Tamra Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Power   Living     in the earth-deposits     of our history Today a backhoe divulged    out of a crumbling flank of earth one bottle     amber   perfect   a hundred- ... Read on »
digging through notebooks by Tamra Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health I found this entry in one of my notebooks, dated 2/25/12 and wanted to share it. I have been gone a long time. Updating is getting difficult for me because I find I'm dis ... Read on »
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. by Tamra Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health I dreamed about writing a post like this for many years. Years, can you believe it? Whenever I have a moment to myself, old scenes flash before my eyes. They no longer h ... Read on »
Butterflies by Tamra Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Recently we are having brilliant weather. The leaves are turning, and the sun is shining through them to create autumn kaleidoscopes. There are rolling clouds accompanied by ... Read on »
Three's a charm by Tamra Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Thursday marked my third prolotherapy treatment and it went much better than anticipated. I'd like to say I walked in with a larger batch of courage, but I think it had a lo ... Read on »
From the book: Poems to Live by in Uncertain Times by Tamra Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health September by Jennifer Michael Hecht Tonight there must be people who are getting what they want. I let my oars fall into the water. Good for them. Good for them, ge ... Read on »
A Rumi night by Tamra Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health To dance is not to jump to your feet at once and rise painlessly in the air like dust. To rise above both worlds is to dance in the blood of your pain and give up yo ... Read on »
To Joy by Tamra Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health "Joyful, as a hero going to conquest As truth's fiery reflection It smiles at the scientist To virtue's steep hill It leads the sufferer on Atop faith's lofty summit." ... Read on »
Mary Oliver knows all by Tamra Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Dogfish Some kind of relaxed and beautiful thing kept flickering in with the tide and looking around. Black as a fisherman's boot, with a white belly. If ... Read on »
lost by Tamra Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health I am sitting in a cafe right now. Directly in front of me, no more than four feet, is an old woman in a wheelchair. Her head is tilted to the ... Read on »
On repeat by Tamra Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Gillian Welch - Hard Times Read on »
Green light by Tamra Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Mainly because I got a 98 on my bones practical this past week and found this at the greatest used bookstore ever Yes, that's a women's climbing poetry book by someone who' ... Read on »
[/rant] by Tamra Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health I'm really good at being sick. Right now I feel my full-time job is keeping my body together in one piece. No one wants that. I'm so sick of writing emails to professors ... Read on »
things you should know by Tamra Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health - I'm still alive. - I'm in the middle of the busiest summer of my life, taking classes and getting ready for PT programs. - I'm currently memorizing all the bones of the ... Read on »