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  • "In October, I joined a local EDS support group and also got more involved with the Ehlers-Danlos Society. Because of these two groups I have learned so much more about my own disorders – hEDS and Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (PoTs) – and am learning to better advocate for myself and build my team of doctors." #BreakingDownBarriers⁠
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#hypermobileEDS #EDS #hEDS #advocacy #pots #potsie #chronicillness #zebrastrong
  • "In October, I joined a local EDS support group and also got more involved with the Ehlers-Danlos Society. Because of these two groups I have learned so much more about my own disorders – hEDS and Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (PoTs) – and am learning to better advocate for myself and build my team of doctors." #BreakingDownBarriers

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    #hypermobileEDS #EDS #hEDS #advocacy #pots #potsie #chronicillness #zebrastrong
  • 406 7 15 February, 2020
  • These two 😍 TYC’s Sunday ROCKSTARS!
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At TYC we love trying to make yoga more accessible. We’ve had a scholarship program in place since day ONE ☝🏼 where students can apply for 25%-100% off our monthly unlimited memberships, and students can apply as many times as they want! And all of our late cancel fees and mat rentals go towards this initiative 💕
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But, these two wanted to do more... they got together and decided they wanted to launch a PWYC program at TYC 😭😭 - those are happy tears 😂
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PWYC - Pay What You Can 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
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If applying for a full membership doesn’t feel like the right fit for you now you can drop into our PWYC classes with proceeds going to support the TYC Scholarship Fund 💛
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In @ssujena and @trishcamlan own words...”Our vision for this PWYC class is to create an inclusive space for everyone to have access to yoga and healing through movement whether you’re a single parent, POC, apart of the LGBTQ community, a student, someone who doesn’t find the average yoga class affordable or simply just want to try out a class!” 🙏🏼
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This is an all levels slow flow class where asanas and transitions are linked fluidly with the breath. A challenging yet accessible and therapeutic practice that places a stronger emphasis on building a stronger relationship between movement, breath and our unique bodies ✨
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A slower paced flow allows more time to consciously and mindfully explore alignment, breath and sensation. The use props, like blocks, bolsters, blankets and straps are highly encouraged throughout the practice to create space, support and empower your practice!  A welcoming space for every body to flow together 🥰
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Classes start November 15! Free to register online - there will be a donation bin set out when you arrive to class - no minimum suggestion 💛
  • These two 😍 TYC’s Sunday ROCKSTARS!
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    At TYC we love trying to make yoga more accessible. We’ve had a scholarship program in place since day ONE ☝🏼 where students can apply for 25%-100% off our monthly unlimited memberships, and students can apply as many times as they want! And all of our late cancel fees and mat rentals go towards this initiative 💕
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    But, these two wanted to do more... they got together and decided they wanted to launch a PWYC program at TYC 😭😭 - those are happy tears 😂
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    PWYC - Pay What You Can 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
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    If applying for a full membership doesn’t feel like the right fit for you now you can drop into our PWYC classes with proceeds going to support the TYC Scholarship Fund 💛
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    In @ssujena and @trishcamlan own words...”Our vision for this PWYC class is to create an inclusive space for everyone to have access to yoga and healing through movement whether you’re a single parent, POC, apart of the LGBTQ community, a student, someone who doesn’t find the average yoga class affordable or simply just want to try out a class!” 🙏🏼
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    This is an all levels slow flow class where asanas and transitions are linked fluidly with the breath. A challenging yet accessible and therapeutic practice that places a stronger emphasis on building a stronger relationship between movement, breath and our unique bodies ✨
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    A slower paced flow allows more time to consciously and mindfully explore alignment, breath and sensation. The use props, like blocks, bolsters, blankets and straps are highly encouraged throughout the practice to create space, support and empower your practice! A welcoming space for every body to flow together 🥰
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    Classes start November 15! Free to register online - there will be a donation bin set out when you arrive to class - no minimum suggestion 💛
  • 121 38 6 November, 2019
  • "My daughter’s previous rehabilitation doctor told us that the same program applies to hEDS as to fibromyalgia. “The pain is between the ears. We’re going to fool you and reset your brain. Your brain sends the wrong signals and we will treat that.”
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. " Because I did not agree with the rehabilitation doctor, I was almost certain that he would make it difficult for us.
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. " My daughter had 300 hours of absenteeism last school year. Because my daughter was not going to do the fibromyalgia program, the rehabilitation doctor call in the school doctor: his advice would have major consequences. According to him, my daughter could do anything and 300 hours of absence is unnecessary, and therefore punishable.
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. "On her 14th birthday, last July, we had an appointment with a rehabilitation doctor who specialized in hEDS. He is my hero, and I am grateful that my child is taken seriously. I am glad that finally someone sees that I am rightly concerned about my child. That her pain and fatigue are not an intention – and that I am not a mother with Münchausen by proxy. .
. "We are in the Netherlands, where parents with children who have EDS are often put under extra scrutiny on suspicion of child abuse." ~Anita #Breakingdownbarriers
  • "My daughter’s previous rehabilitation doctor told us that the same program applies to hEDS as to fibromyalgia. “The pain is between the ears. We’re going to fool you and reset your brain. Your brain sends the wrong signals and we will treat that.”
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    . " Because I did not agree with the rehabilitation doctor, I was almost certain that he would make it difficult for us.
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    . " My daughter had 300 hours of absenteeism last school year. Because my daughter was not going to do the fibromyalgia program, the rehabilitation doctor call in the school doctor: his advice would have major consequences. According to him, my daughter could do anything and 300 hours of absence is unnecessary, and therefore punishable.
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    . "On her 14th birthday, last July, we had an appointment with a rehabilitation doctor who specialized in hEDS. He is my hero, and I am grateful that my child is taken seriously. I am glad that finally someone sees that I am rightly concerned about my child. That her pain and fatigue are not an intention – and that I am not a mother with Münchausen by proxy. .
    . "We are in the Netherlands, where parents with children who have EDS are often put under extra scrutiny on suspicion of child abuse." ~Anita #Breakingdownbarriers
  • 609 21 13 February, 2020
  • 𝗠𝘆 𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝘂𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗹⁠ @charl0ttebu11
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"I was originally diagnosed with ‘probable fibromyalgia’ when I was 16 years old. At the time I was told ‘you will probably grow out of it’ and sent on my way with no real advice about how to manage the chronic, widespread pain that was occurring through my body in day to day life. I became depressed and felt so alone, everyone around me was constantly telling me that I was too young to be tired and in pain. Thing is, I knew I was different. I didn’t need everyone else telling me.⁠
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"Finishing school was a struggle, I spent a lot of time in the school library having a sleep or just resting, to try to gain back some sort of energy to carry on with my active school life. Being a sports captain and part of the netball and athletics teams, I was not likely to slow down anytime soon despite the pain that developed every time I rested. ⁠
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"As time went on I developed other symptoms. At 18 I was feeling dizzy a lot of the time, nauseous after eating, and feeling tired all of the time along with the dreaded IBS symptoms. Doctors put it down to anxiety after I went through a tough time at school but I knew it couldn’t have just been that." Read Charlotte's story at ehlers-danlos.com/charlotte-b
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#zebrastrong #EhlersDanlos #ChronicPain #hypermobile #hypermobility #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #hypermobilityspectrumdisorder #pain #EDS #HSD #HSDawareness #EDSAwareness #ChronicIllness #Spoonie #ZebraStrong #DazzleTogether #Zebra #diagnosis #breakingdownbarriers
  • 𝗠𝘆 𝗱𝗶𝗮𝗴𝗻𝗼𝘀𝗶𝘀 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝗮𝘁 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗲𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝘂𝗻𝗻𝗲𝗹⁠ @charl0ttebu11

    "I was originally diagnosed with ‘probable fibromyalgia’ when I was 16 years old. At the time I was told ‘you will probably grow out of it’ and sent on my way with no real advice about how to manage the chronic, widespread pain that was occurring through my body in day to day life. I became depressed and felt so alone, everyone around me was constantly telling me that I was too young to be tired and in pain. Thing is, I knew I was different. I didn’t need everyone else telling me.⁠

    "Finishing school was a struggle, I spent a lot of time in the school library having a sleep or just resting, to try to gain back some sort of energy to carry on with my active school life. Being a sports captain and part of the netball and athletics teams, I was not likely to slow down anytime soon despite the pain that developed every time I rested. ⁠

    "As time went on I developed other symptoms. At 18 I was feeling dizzy a lot of the time, nauseous after eating, and feeling tired all of the time along with the dreaded IBS symptoms. Doctors put it down to anxiety after I went through a tough time at school but I knew it couldn’t have just been that." Read Charlotte's story at ehlers-danlos.com/charlotte-b
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    #zebrastrong #EhlersDanlos #ChronicPain #hypermobile #hypermobility #EhlersDanlosSyndrome #hypermobilityspectrumdisorder #pain #EDS #HSD #HSDawareness #EDSAwareness #ChronicIllness #Spoonie #ZebraStrong #DazzleTogether #Zebra #diagnosis #breakingdownbarriers
  • 961 55 9 February, 2020
  • @lara.bloom #Breakingdownbarriers
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"It’s hard enough being a teenager. Add to that dealing with coming out and being what felt like quite literally the only gay in the village. Add to that being in constant pain, always being on crutches, or a plaster cast for another fractured wrist, or off school with another chest infection. There was so much of my childhood and teenage years that were a joy, but there was also so much that was hard and a struggle. One of the biggest barriers I had to being taken seriously, was being a gay woman.
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"Every time I had unexplained pain all over my body, or more issues with my gut, or problems breathing - it was put down to anxiety from dealing with my sexuality. I would complain about my physical issues and I was asked about my mood and how I was coping with coming out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge supporter of mental and physical health support being offered - but not when the physical is being ignored.
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"There are so many barriers to us being diagnosed, validated and cared for. I waited till I was 24 to be taken seriously. For someone to look past my short hair cut and wearing trousers for my school uniform instead of the usual skirt. “It must be the anxiety from her sexuality, there can’t be that much wrong with someone.” But there was.
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"I know so many of you face barriers to diagnosis and care: not being believed, denied access to treatment, told you are too young or too old to be dealing with the symptoms you have. There are many different barriers that our community face globally, and in 2020 The Ehlers-Danlos Society want to work together to break down these barriers.
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We want to hear from you, we want to share your voice. Tell us what barriers you have faced along your diagnosis journey, and what barriers you continue to face when trying to access treatment, healthcare, and recognition. Share your story, and download the Breaking Down Barriers poster (link in bio) and share on social media with the hashtag #BreakingDownBarriers and help us try to keep knocking them down 🔨 #ZebraStrong #ehlersdanlossyndrome #hypermobilityspectrumdisorder
  • @lara.bloom #Breakingdownbarriers
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    "It’s hard enough being a teenager. Add to that dealing with coming out and being what felt like quite literally the only gay in the village. Add to that being in constant pain, always being on crutches, or a plaster cast for another fractured wrist, or off school with another chest infection. There was so much of my childhood and teenage years that were a joy, but there was also so much that was hard and a struggle. One of the biggest barriers I had to being taken seriously, was being a gay woman.
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    "Every time I had unexplained pain all over my body, or more issues with my gut, or problems breathing - it was put down to anxiety from dealing with my sexuality. I would complain about my physical issues and I was asked about my mood and how I was coping with coming out. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge supporter of mental and physical health support being offered - but not when the physical is being ignored.
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    "There are so many barriers to us being diagnosed, validated and cared for. I waited till I was 24 to be taken seriously. For someone to look past my short hair cut and wearing trousers for my school uniform instead of the usual skirt. “It must be the anxiety from her sexuality, there can’t be that much wrong with someone.” But there was.
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    "I know so many of you face barriers to diagnosis and care: not being believed, denied access to treatment, told you are too young or too old to be dealing with the symptoms you have. There are many different barriers that our community face globally, and in 2020 The Ehlers-Danlos Society want to work together to break down these barriers.
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    We want to hear from you, we want to share your voice. Tell us what barriers you have faced along your diagnosis journey, and what barriers you continue to face when trying to access treatment, healthcare, and recognition. Share your story, and download the Breaking Down Barriers poster (link in bio) and share on social media with the hashtag #BreakingDownBarriers and help us try to keep knocking them down 🔨 #ZebraStrong #ehlersdanlossyndrome #hypermobilityspectrumdisorder
  • 929 33 28 January, 2020
  • “Evolve: develop gradually, especially from a simple to a more complex form.” .
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In case no one has told you today it’s ok to evolve! I encourage it, support it and give you permission to blossom into the beautiful YOU that you were meant to be. You really don’t need my permission but....
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Maybe your family & friends feel a way about your growth. Fu*k ‘em and I say that with love at the forefront. Anyone who doesn’t support you is not eligible to tap into the evolution of you. YOU are allowed to walk away from the sh*t that no longer serves you (relationships, jobs, people, etc). .
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Listen growth is available to all of us whether we choose to or not is another story entirely. It also means that you don’t have to dim your light to let others shine. If you are intrigued by or see someone achieving a level of success you’d like, follow the bread crumb clues and get to work. You too can achieve anything you are willing to get after. .
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If you see someone mimicking your behavior or trying to move like you that means you’re leading from the front! Don’t be afraid to share information/ideas with others. At the end of the day you gotta believe in you so much that you can hand out the recipe free of charge but no one’s sauce will taste the same. .
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As long as you do what you do without harming anyone & are truly vibrating from a positive and loving place no one will be able to interfere with what God/the universe has for you. Trust that! .
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Lastly hate can also come dressed up looking like love. Tap into your intuition and when sh*t just don’t feel right chances are it’s not. Learn to listen to the internal cues, they won’t steer you wrong. .
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Remember that anything that drains your inner(g) isn’t worth ya energy. I’ve learned to love the sound of walking away from the sh*t that no longer serves me. I encourage you to evolve to that place too. 😘
  • “Evolve: develop gradually, especially from a simple to a more complex form.” .
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    In case no one has told you today it’s ok to evolve! I encourage it, support it and give you permission to blossom into the beautiful YOU that you were meant to be. You really don’t need my permission but....
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    Maybe your family & friends feel a way about your growth. Fu*k ‘em and I say that with love at the forefront. Anyone who doesn’t support you is not eligible to tap into the evolution of you. YOU are allowed to walk away from the sh*t that no longer serves you (relationships, jobs, people, etc). .
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    Listen growth is available to all of us whether we choose to or not is another story entirely. It also means that you don’t have to dim your light to let others shine. If you are intrigued by or see someone achieving a level of success you’d like, follow the bread crumb clues and get to work. You too can achieve anything you are willing to get after. .
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    If you see someone mimicking your behavior or trying to move like you that means you’re leading from the front! Don’t be afraid to share information/ideas with others. At the end of the day you gotta believe in you so much that you can hand out the recipe free of charge but no one’s sauce will taste the same. .
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    As long as you do what you do without harming anyone & are truly vibrating from a positive and loving place no one will be able to interfere with what God/the universe has for you. Trust that! .
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    Lastly hate can also come dressed up looking like love. Tap into your intuition and when sh*t just don’t feel right chances are it’s not. Learn to listen to the internal cues, they won’t steer you wrong. .
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    Remember that anything that drains your inner(g) isn’t worth ya energy. I’ve learned to love the sound of walking away from the sh*t that no longer serves me. I encourage you to evolve to that place too. 😘
  • 115 19 24 July, 2019

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  • @lara.bloom "It's not in your head." #Breakingdownbarriers
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. "One of the hardest thing about living with a invisible condition is that very often, people don’t believe you. Before my diagnosis I had years of people telling me what I was feeling was in my head. Reading what @jameelajamilofficial has had to put up with over the last few days with being accused of having Munchausen, is a sad reminder that this still goes on all the time, in every country.
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"Because something is so multi-systemic, yet unseen, is too much for people to understand. We see this then have a domino effect when children are unnecessarily taken from their families, or not given the access to the management and care they so desperately need. It needs to change.
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"Living with a rare, chronic or invisible condition is hard enough. People even from within our own community judge others and their experience with the condition, I wish social media was a kinder place and that people still didn’t have to constantly remind people that their very physical conditions are not in their head. Despite the frustrations, I have hope. We will get there one day. Have you had to deal with people telling you it’s in your head?"
  • @lara.bloom "It's not in your head." #Breakingdownbarriers
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    . "One of the hardest thing about living with a invisible condition is that very often, people don’t believe you. Before my diagnosis I had years of people telling me what I was feeling was in my head. Reading what @jameelajamilofficial has had to put up with over the last few days with being accused of having Munchausen, is a sad reminder that this still goes on all the time, in every country.
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    "Because something is so multi-systemic, yet unseen, is too much for people to understand. We see this then have a domino effect when children are unnecessarily taken from their families, or not given the access to the management and care they so desperately need. It needs to change.
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    "Living with a rare, chronic or invisible condition is hard enough. People even from within our own community judge others and their experience with the condition, I wish social media was a kinder place and that people still didn’t have to constantly remind people that their very physical conditions are not in their head. Despite the frustrations, I have hope. We will get there one day. Have you had to deal with people telling you it’s in your head?"
  • 210 6 25 minutes ago
  • Repost from @ehlers.danlos "Share your story, and download the Breaking Down Barriers poster ehlers-danlos.com/breaking-down-barriers/ and share on social media with the hashtag #breakingdownbarriers and help us try to keep knocking them down 🔨 
My personal barrier has been, still are to constantly validate myself and my condition to strangers who do not understand that you can have a "invisible" condition and still lead a "normal life". 💜💚💙
Share yours 💥
#larabloom
  • Repost from @ehlers.danlos "Share your story, and download the Breaking Down Barriers poster ehlers-danlos.com/breaking-down-barriers/ and share on social media with the hashtag #breakingdownbarriers and help us try to keep knocking them down 🔨
    My personal barrier has been, still are to constantly validate myself and my condition to strangers who do not understand that you can have a "invisible" condition and still lead a "normal life". 💜💚💙
    Share yours 💥
    #larabloom
  • 22 2 5 hours ago
  • Meet our #BdB team: Faustina Hwang is an expert in user-centred design of technology. She’s excited to explore interdisciplinary inclusive design with students and colleagues at our ‪for #BreakingDownBarriers #InclusiveWay.
  • Meet our #BdB team: Faustina Hwang is an expert in user-centred design of technology. She’s excited to explore interdisciplinary inclusive design with students and colleagues at our ‪for #BreakingDownBarriers #InclusiveWay .
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  • What a LOVELY service! 🌹 The Persaud family did a wonderful job sharing about the topic “Breaking Down Hidden Walls”. It’s important to expose the demons in our lives and work towards healing and salvation. Can’t wait for the next family service! ✨🧁🥪 #breakingdownbarriers #jesussaves @janecripaul @anishaapersaud 😘
  • What a LOVELY service! 🌹 The Persaud family did a wonderful job sharing about the topic “Breaking Down Hidden Walls”. It’s important to expose the demons in our lives and work towards healing and salvation. Can’t wait for the next family service! ✨🧁🥪 #breakingdownbarriers #jesussaves @janecripaul @anishaapersaud 😘
  • 16 0 16 February, 2020
  • Freedom Summer, also known as the Mississippi Summer Project, was a 1964 voter registration drive sponsored by civil rights organizations including the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Aimed at increasing black voter registration in Mississippi, Freedom Summer workers included Black Mississippians and more than 1,000 out-of-state, predominately white volunteers. The KKK, police, and state and local authorities carried out a series of violent attacks against the activists, including arson, beatings, false arrest, and the murder of at least three people.

Over the course of the ten-week project:

1,062 people were arrested (out-of-state volunteers and locals)
80 Freedom Summer workers were beaten
37 churches were bombed or burned
30 Black homes or businesses were bombed or burned
4 civil rights workers were killed (one in a head-on collision)
4 people were critically wounded
At least 3 Mississippi blacks were murdered because of their support for the Civil Rights Movement

#BlackHistoryMonth #blackhistory #neverforget #ourstruggle #breakingdownbarriers #blackamerica #blackawareness
  • Freedom Summer, also known as the Mississippi Summer Project, was a 1964 voter registration drive sponsored by civil rights organizations including the Congress on Racial Equality (CORE) and the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Aimed at increasing black voter registration in Mississippi, Freedom Summer workers included Black Mississippians and more than 1,000 out-of-state, predominately white volunteers. The KKK, police, and state and local authorities carried out a series of violent attacks against the activists, including arson, beatings, false arrest, and the murder of at least three people.

    Over the course of the ten-week project:

    1,062 people were arrested (out-of-state volunteers and locals)
    80 Freedom Summer workers were beaten
    37 churches were bombed or burned
    30 Black homes or businesses were bombed or burned
    4 civil rights workers were killed (one in a head-on collision)
    4 people were critically wounded
    At least 3 Mississippi blacks were murdered because of their support for the Civil Rights Movement

    #BlackHistoryMonth #blackhistory #neverforget #ourstruggle #breakingdownbarriers #blackamerica #blackawareness
  • 13 2 16 February, 2020
  • Posted @withregram • @ehlers.danlos "In October, I joined a local EDS support group and also got more involved with the Ehlers-Danlos Society. Because of these two groups I have learned so much more about my own disorders – hEDS and Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (PoTs) – and am learning to better advocate for myself and build my team of doctors." #BreakingDownBarriers⁠
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Read Gretchen's story at the link in the bio. How have you advocated for yourself? ⁠
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#hypermobileEDS #EDS #hEDS #advocacy #pots #potsie #chronicillness #zebrastrong
  • Posted @withregram@ehlers.danlos "In October, I joined a local EDS support group and also got more involved with the Ehlers-Danlos Society. Because of these two groups I have learned so much more about my own disorders – hEDS and Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (PoTs) – and am learning to better advocate for myself and build my team of doctors." #BreakingDownBarriers

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    #hypermobileEDS #EDS #hEDS #advocacy #pots #potsie #chronicillness #zebrastrong
  • 22 0 16 February, 2020
  • 👊Super chuffed... What an AMAZING weekend racing at @bucssport ...🏊‍♀️ .
3 out of 3 PB’s without taper into this comp and having been in a fairly hard training block! .
9 Sec PB in the 200m, nearly 1 Sec PB in 50m and a 2 Sec PB in the 100m Freestyle. Coupled with a streaming cold and injured finger, I definitely didn’t expect the results I’ve had over the last two days. Training is paying off, and I’m absolutely loving training and racing. Lots to brush up on, but I’m heading in the right direction I hope!!
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Massive thank you to everyone at @britishswimming for your support. Especially @laurenjocelyn @r08aubry and Graeme. Also, a huge thank you to my long suffering coach Dean @swindondolphinasc for all your help and support. And @becbru for helping me all weekend (new experience instead of helping me riding!). You’ve all been incredible. I’m hugely grateful for all your help and support. .
@mp1084 super chuffed with where I’m at in the gym and it’s paying off in the pool. Thank you v much for helping me for the past 7 years!!! 👊💪you deserve a medal helping me for that long!!!
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Rest day tomorrow then head down again. Buzzing and absolutely loving it. #letsdothis #buzzing #breakingdownbarriers #noexcuses #lovewhatyoudo #grateful #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #spinalcordinjury #dystonia #lifeissweet
  • 👊Super chuffed... What an AMAZING weekend racing at @bucssport ...🏊‍♀️ .
    3 out of 3 PB’s without taper into this comp and having been in a fairly hard training block! .
    9 Sec PB in the 200m, nearly 1 Sec PB in 50m and a 2 Sec PB in the 100m Freestyle. Coupled with a streaming cold and injured finger, I definitely didn’t expect the results I’ve had over the last two days. Training is paying off, and I’m absolutely loving training and racing. Lots to brush up on, but I’m heading in the right direction I hope!!
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    Massive thank you to everyone at @britishswimming for your support. Especially @laurenjocelyn @r08aubry and Graeme. Also, a huge thank you to my long suffering coach Dean @swindondolphinasc for all your help and support. And @becbru for helping me all weekend (new experience instead of helping me riding!). You’ve all been incredible. I’m hugely grateful for all your help and support. .
    @mp1084 super chuffed with where I’m at in the gym and it’s paying off in the pool. Thank you v much for helping me for the past 7 years!!! 👊💪you deserve a medal helping me for that long!!!
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    Rest day tomorrow then head down again. Buzzing and absolutely loving it. #letsdothis #buzzing #breakingdownbarriers #noexcuses #lovewhatyoudo #grateful #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #spinalcordinjury #dystonia #lifeissweet
  • 137 6 16 February, 2020
  • “The only thing standing between you and your goals, are the story’s you tell as to why you can’t achieve it” #BreakingDownBarriers
  • “The only thing standing between you and your goals, are the story’s you tell as to why you can’t achieve it” #BreakingDownBarriers
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All I’m gonna say is this young man nailed it & this video should be watched by every person in the world.... all of humanity.... The ENTIRE POPULATION! 🌍
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Make it go viral if we all share.
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I just shared it on my Silent Killer FB page, FB groups & Twitter!
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🎥Credit: Unknown
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#SMFaceandVoiceforDepressionandSuicideLoss🇿🇦
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    All I’m gonna say is this young man nailed it & this video should be watched by every person in the world.... all of humanity.... The ENTIRE POPULATION! 🌍
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    Make it go viral if we all share.
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    I just shared it on my Silent Killer FB page, FB groups & Twitter!
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    🎥Credit: Unknown
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    #SMFaceandVoiceforDepressionandSuicideLoss 🇿🇦
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  • 19 6 15 February, 2020
  • Loving these connection swings to keep our hitters behind the baseball and holding on to the barrel longer and leading with the knob of the bat. In this simple drill, we use a flat basketball on the shoulder and the hitter should rest the bat  there. The goal is to remain “connected” to the ball during separation until the right shoulder fires through a still chin, generating serious bat lag. It also promotes a proper tilt behind the ball and a good bath path. Great job @therealbbr ! 💪🏾 #allweatherbaseball #allweatherbaseballacademy #youthbaseballtraining #15u #breakingdownbarriers #hardworkpaysoff
  • Loving these connection swings to keep our hitters behind the baseball and holding on to the barrel longer and leading with the knob of the bat. In this simple drill, we use a flat basketball on the shoulder and the hitter should rest the bat there. The goal is to remain “connected” to the ball during separation until the right shoulder fires through a still chin, generating serious bat lag. It also promotes a proper tilt behind the ball and a good bath path. Great job @therealbbr ! 💪🏾 #allweatherbaseball #allweatherbaseballacademy #youthbaseballtraining #15u #breakingdownbarriers #hardworkpaysoff
  • 18 2 15 February, 2020
  • "In October, I joined a local EDS support group and also got more involved with the Ehlers-Danlos Society. Because of these two groups I have learned so much more about my own disorders – hEDS and Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (PoTs) – and am learning to better advocate for myself and build my team of doctors." #BreakingDownBarriers⁠
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#hypermobileEDS #EDS #hEDS #advocacy #pots #potsie #chronicillness #zebrastrong
  • "In October, I joined a local EDS support group and also got more involved with the Ehlers-Danlos Society. Because of these two groups I have learned so much more about my own disorders – hEDS and Postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (PoTs) – and am learning to better advocate for myself and build my team of doctors." #BreakingDownBarriers

    Read Gretchen's story at the link in the bio. How have you advocated for yourself? ⁠
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    #hypermobileEDS #EDS #hEDS #advocacy #pots #potsie #chronicillness #zebrastrong
  • 406 7 15 February, 2020
  • My Valentines Day with @rhondaallison and the skin of color peel.its a mid-depth peel with full face exfoliation after 3 days and lasting about 10days.It can be performed once a month.its the perfect peel for ethnic backgrounds with skin concerns like,rough texture,uneven tone, oily,acne prone,large pores,dullness etc.leaving the skin brighter,glowy,firm and healthy while protecting it from post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.Guess what? You go home with it!😁.So my special offer is 15min of blue to kill bacteria,help with blemishes.then 15min of red to plump,rejuvenate and brighten that melanin💃.All in the comfort of my @solasalonnyc 💕.
#skinofcolorupdate 
#skinproblemsolution 
#melaninbeauty 
#chemicalpeelfacial 
#breakingdownbarriers 
#blueface 
#redfaced 
#ledlights 
#peelseason
  • My Valentines Day with @rhondaallison and the skin of color peel.its a mid-depth peel with full face exfoliation after 3 days and lasting about 10days.It can be performed once a month.its the perfect peel for ethnic backgrounds with skin concerns like,rough texture,uneven tone, oily,acne prone,large pores,dullness etc.leaving the skin brighter,glowy,firm and healthy while protecting it from post inflammatory hyperpigmentation.Guess what? You go home with it!😁.So my special offer is 15min of blue to kill bacteria,help with blemishes.then 15min of red to plump,rejuvenate and brighten that melanin💃.All in the comfort of my @solasalonnyc 💕.
    #skinofcolorupdate
    #skinproblemsolution
    #melaninbeauty
    #chemicalpeelfacial
    #breakingdownbarriers
    #blueface
    #redfaced
    #ledlights
    #peelseason
  • 18 0 15 February, 2020
  • @womensadvocates walks with victims/survivors and our community to break the cycle of domestic violence.

We couldn’t resonate with their vision more: using the tools of radical hospitality, advocacy, and collective action, we work toward a community free from violence, where all are safe and can live productive and healthy lives.

This year is the 45th anniversary of the Women's Advocates shelter. Watch their docuseries, Women's Advocates: Walking with survivors by @tptofficial, on their history as one of the nation's first shelters for those escaping domestic violence. *link in bio*
  • @womensadvocates walks with victims/survivors and our community to break the cycle of domestic violence.

    We couldn’t resonate with their vision more: using the tools of radical hospitality, advocacy, and collective action, we work toward a community free from violence, where all are safe and can live productive and healthy lives.

    This year is the 45th anniversary of the Women's Advocates shelter. Watch their docuseries, Women's Advocates: Walking with survivors by @tptofficial, on their history as one of the nation's first shelters for those escaping domestic violence. *link in bio*
  • 15 1 14 February, 2020
  • Why does inclusion matter? 
Dance is such a useful modality for children, teens and adults with special needs/disabilities. Dance is a tool that provides a mind and body connection and helps us build upon the strengths and successes of each individual child.  Dance is something anyone can do and it gives everyone so much joy.  It gives these kids a sense of purpose whether they are one of our typically developing volunteers/teachers or if they are one of our students with a special need.  At A Chance To Dance we offer emotional support and opportunities to share feelings and emotions in a safe and supportive setting with the most amazing group of volunteers and teachers. 
This year for the 1st time ever (my dream come true) I'm blessed to have Martha Claire and Cooper dance with my Junior and Senior Teams and Tabitha Ford is also dancing with my Senior Team.  In addition Cameron Childers is dancing with his sister Caroline,  Kaley Steele is dancing with her sister Madison, Amy Ford is dancing with her sister Tabitha and Ava Whipple is dancing with Cooper and Martha Claire.  I literally cannot wait for everyone to see the GROWTH they've made because of the opportunities they've been given to dance alongside typically developing competitive dancers.  We were able to challenge them with harder choreography, they are able to do more formations and even a few lifts....which they absolutely love.  Our junior team (FINGERS CROSSED) is even taking the stage by themselves!! (For those of you who don't understand how difficult this is for these kids, have you ever tried climbing Everest?) Our dancers/volunteers/teachers trust one another, they love one another, they ALL see each other as equals, they respect one another, they care for each other and they are a TEAM.  MOST IMPORTANTLY they are the best of friends, they are each others biggest cheerleaders and they lift one another up and that's what most important!! We can't wait to #storytell in Raleigh in just a couple of weeks.....it's what we love doing most!!!
#RiseUp #ACTD2020 #MDSDProud #breakingdownbarriers #danceisforeveryone #competitionseason #dancecompetition #danceteacher
  • Why does inclusion matter?
    Dance is such a useful modality for children, teens and adults with special needs/disabilities. Dance is a tool that provides a mind and body connection and helps us build upon the strengths and successes of each individual child. Dance is something anyone can do and it gives everyone so much joy. It gives these kids a sense of purpose whether they are one of our typically developing volunteers/teachers or if they are one of our students with a special need. At A Chance To Dance we offer emotional support and opportunities to share feelings and emotions in a safe and supportive setting with the most amazing group of volunteers and teachers.
    This year for the 1st time ever (my dream come true) I'm blessed to have Martha Claire and Cooper dance with my Junior and Senior Teams and Tabitha Ford is also dancing with my Senior Team. In addition Cameron Childers is dancing with his sister Caroline, Kaley Steele is dancing with her sister Madison, Amy Ford is dancing with her sister Tabitha and Ava Whipple is dancing with Cooper and Martha Claire. I literally cannot wait for everyone to see the GROWTH they've made because of the opportunities they've been given to dance alongside typically developing competitive dancers. We were able to challenge them with harder choreography, they are able to do more formations and even a few lifts....which they absolutely love. Our junior team (FINGERS CROSSED) is even taking the stage by themselves!! (For those of you who don't understand how difficult this is for these kids, have you ever tried climbing Everest?) Our dancers/volunteers/teachers trust one another, they love one another, they ALL see each other as equals, they respect one another, they care for each other and they are a TEAM. MOST IMPORTANTLY they are the best of friends, they are each others biggest cheerleaders and they lift one another up and that's what most important!! We can't wait to #storytell in Raleigh in just a couple of weeks.....it's what we love doing most!!!
    #RiseUp #ACTD2020 #MDSDProud #breakingdownbarriers #danceisforeveryone #competitionseason #dancecompetition #danceteacher
  • 19 0 14 February, 2020
  • So thrilled to introduce Fikelela Foundation founded by myself and other dynamic women who are a product of Eastern Cape, South Africa and passionate about education,growth and youth development.
Fikelela is a non-profit organization that aims to empower disadvantaged youth through motivation, mentorship, as well as providing access to information and resources regarding education, career paths, entrepreneurship, self-development and career development. 
Our aim is to help elevate poverty in the spaces we occupy and advance the economy of South Africa one youth at a time. Our website is  www.fikelelafoundation.co.za and you can follow us on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/fikelela-foundation
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#success #development#breakingdownbarriers #access #youth #fikelelaa
  • So thrilled to introduce Fikelela Foundation founded by myself and other dynamic women who are a product of Eastern Cape, South Africa and passionate about education,growth and youth development.
    Fikelela is a non-profit organization that aims to empower disadvantaged youth through motivation, mentorship, as well as providing access to information and resources regarding education, career paths, entrepreneurship, self-development and career development.
    Our aim is to help elevate poverty in the spaces we occupy and advance the economy of South Africa one youth at a time. Our website is www.fikelelafoundation.co.za and you can follow us on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/fikelela-foundation
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  • 11 3 14 February, 2020
  • "My daughter’s previous rehabilitation doctor told us that the same program applies to hEDS as to fibromyalgia. “The pain is between the ears. We’re going to fool you and reset your brain. Your brain sends the wrong signals and we will treat that.”
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. "We are in the Netherlands, where parents with children who have EDS are often put under extra scrutiny on suspicion of child abuse." ~Anita #Breakingdownbarriers
  • "My daughter’s previous rehabilitation doctor told us that the same program applies to hEDS as to fibromyalgia. “The pain is between the ears. We’re going to fool you and reset your brain. Your brain sends the wrong signals and we will treat that.”
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    . "We are in the Netherlands, where parents with children who have EDS are often put under extra scrutiny on suspicion of child abuse." ~Anita #Breakingdownbarriers
  • 609 21 13 February, 2020
  • Do you know the warning signs of an abusive relationship? EVERYONE should be educated on the signs listed in the link in our bio.

via @womensadvocates
  • Do you know the warning signs of an abusive relationship? EVERYONE should be educated on the signs listed in the link in our bio.

    via @womensadvocates
  • 27 1 13 February, 2020