The three parts of me: body, mind, and soul enjoy a little wake-up call

(How a celebrity body-shaming piece led me to write this article).

In "The Marvelous Transformation: Living Well With Autoimmune Disease," I write about taking back control of our body image even when chronic illness continues to damage it. I ran across one of these body shaming articles this morning, directed at celebrities and the "worst examples" of aging and I got angry.

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NINETY MINUTES OF HEALING - F.LO.A.T.

It’s too dark! The walls are closing in! I can’t breathe! I can’t sit still! Get me outta here! These are the thoughts I expected to have when I encountered my first F.LO.A.T. last night because I have lived most of my life with claustrophobia.

Instead, I found the warm embrace of perfectly calibrated water, warm and silky to the touch, buoyant (even more than I had imagined), and a feeling of complete safety.

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SHARING YOUR MYOSITIS JOURNEY: PRESENTED AT THE MYOSITIS ASSOCIATION'S ANNUAL PATIENT CONFERENCE

EMILY A. FILMORE WITH JERRY WILLIAMS AND PAT VITACCO

SEPTEMBER 11, 2015

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They write books and articles, they write blogs, they manage web sites and Facebook pages. Some simply keep a journal. Several myositis patients who have found it helpful to write about their experience will explain why they do it and how you can find insight as well as direction by writing it all down. 

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