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Women, Learn To Love Your Body

Do you have a body part that you are ashamed of or disconnected from? Do you have a body part that leads you to fearful thoughts of a scary diagnosis? Do you sometimes feel like your body has let you down?

I would estimate that most women on the planet can say YES to at least one of these questions.

Ladies, it’s time to learn to love your bodies!

A few weeks ago I challenged the women of Pink Tent to give themselves a daily Gift For The Goddess for 21 days…the catch? This was a gift they would give themselves.

Ideas included flowers, an Epson salt bath, witnessing a beautiful sunrise, meditation etc. This was meant to be a gift that wasn’t part of their daily routine. It needed to be something special.

In challenging women, I was hoping to teach them the practice of receiving and really creating a more luscious, juicy life.

Little did I know how this would teach me to love a body part of mine on a deeper level.

Last week, I bought myself a beautiful bouquet of a dozen roses. After they started drooping, I pulled off the petals and floated them in a vase. And my final gift several days later was taking the petals I had saved in the refrigerator and created a Goddess Bath with my daughter, which consisted of rose petals, Epson salts, and rose water. We lit some candles and were transported to another place in a time filled with princesses, a queen and the silliness of a 9-year-old’s imagination.

We placed petals on our faces and told stories. As I laid back and relaxed, I found myself placing rose petals on my breasts. Intuitively, I knew it was a time that I could deeply connect to my femininity and the vulnerability I felt connected to my breasts.

Years ago, I remember finding a lump. I was so scared and even as I doctor, I just wanted to deny it was even there. I felt totally disconnected to my breasts, and every time I thought about it, my mind would immediately focus on the fear of it being breast cancer.

It took me months to finally get up the courage to tell my husband as I promised to get the lump checked.

The good news was that it was just a cyst and breast cysts run in my family.

I did a lot of work on healing them with primrose oil and exploring the impact of caffeine. I also did some healing energy work around fibrocystic breasts.

Years later, I remember breastfeeding my daughter and it definitely helped me to reconnect to my breasts in a more healthy, positive neuro association.

As I placed rose petals on my breast this past week, I realized that there still was some residual fear held in the tissue. In my mind’s eye, I imagined thanking my breasts and telling them I love them. I know the chest is often a place that women will hold onto blocked energy including fear.

This fear can later show up as abnormalities in the tissues of the body.

So, my gift to myself on that day was to love my breasts and my femininity on a deeper level and to let go and surrender even more on that Goddess Bath day. I also had the opportunity to teach my daughter to love her body on a deeper level. I told her that Mommy loves her healthy breasts!

What body part could you love more?

What would you be willing to do to let more love in?

What would you need to believe to love more of your body?

Please share in the comments below. Which body part are you committed to connecting more deeply to in a loving way?

A Goddess Bath

-rose petals

-Epson salts

-rose water

What a gift! You deserve it! Love your body

#loveyourbreast #breasties #loveyourbody #goddessbath #healing #women’shealth #drkellyschuh #loveyourselffirst #dateyourselffirst #youloveyou #noshame #shamefree #breasthealth #breastcancer #breastscare

 

 

Facebook Live Full Moon Forgiveness Ceremony

Forgiveness: Forgiving The Unforgiven

What should you do when the PAST calls?

Hang UP!

It has nothing for you!~Sandra Yancey: Founder E-Women Network

My journey of forgiveness

My husband, Richard, and I spent this past weekend cleaning out our safe and file cabinets. I must admit that I have been dreading this!
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I have been in business for myself since 2004 and have kept ALL of my receipts! Yep…that’s right! It’s 2018 now and my file cabinets were bursting at the seams!
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In addition to business receipts, I’m a sucker for personal memorabilia!

So, as Richard fired up the chiminea in the back yard, I started purging, while he proceeded to do the burning.

It snowed ashes in our back yard, while the gentle snow kept on falling!

In the last hours of burning with my husbands hair filled with snow and ashes, I came across a more recent letter from the Delaware Department of Justice.

It was the final correspondence that finalized the pardon of the teacher who sexually abused me from about age 12-18 years old.

In the Spring of 2017 (exactly 1 year prior to the pardon), I was notified by the Victim Services Department from the Department of Justice, that my former teacher was requesting a pardon for the Sexual Abuse felonies he committed decades ago.

Bare in mind that after I came forward at the age of 23 years old, 3 other women did too.

Unfortunately, my case was the only one that had enough evidence for conviction.
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This case went to the supreme court and challenged and extended Delaware’s laws around the statue of limitations.

In the spring of 2017, I was offered the opportunity to attend the public hearing or write a “victim statement” to be read on my behalf.

Even the term “victim” triggered me and a whole ocean of feelings and turmoil arose again for me to heal, even though I thought I was done with healing. (more on that another time)

I did end up writing that statement in the Spring of 2017, so that my story still had a voice.

AND

I want YOU to have a voice too!

Here is why this is important to you.

If the PAST calls…HANG the #$@! up! It has NOTHING for you!

What I mean is that that letter has no business being in my life.

I guess I’ve kept it for the last 6 months because when I would read it, I would get fired up, angry and passionate about taking a stand for women and helping them to find their voices.

Of course it made me ill to even look at the envelope, but I thought I needed it to keep my passion strong for helping women rise in their power.

It has taken me a few days of hanging out in my pj’s, processing my emotions and finally talking to my sister and dear friend today to realize that…

​​​​​​​there is NOTHING GOOD coming out of the ANGER I have carried towards the pardoning of this man and the governor who granted the pardon, despite the board of directors voting in my favor.

So, after a powerful forgiveness exercise today, out in nature, with the sun on my face and God granting me GRACE…

I released and forgave these men.

For ME and YOU…I choose PEACE…

I no longer need the anger to fuel my flame!

So, I have decided to choose forgiveness and I’ll  burn that letter too, but I need your help.

I truly believe that we must all Forgive if we are meant to live our BEST lives.

So, it’s time for me to burn this letter, and finally heal from my past.
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​​​​​​This is where you come in.

Who do you need to forgive?
What do you need to let go of?
What emotions or memories keep you held in bondage?

If not NOW then WHEN?

It’s our time ladies!

This is why I am cordially inviting you to join me on the

Full Moon Forgiveness Fire Ceremony

#forgiveandlive

Where: Facebook Live: Register Here
Wednesday October 24th 5PM MST

where I will burn this letter on Facebook Live and you too will burn your letter and finally release it back to where it came from.

My story does NOT define me and neither does YOURS.

You are no longer ALONE and we as sisters will gather in sisterhood and burn up our PAST.

All you need to do is to write a letter to someone you need to forgive.  Maybe it’s yourself!

We will allow these letters of forgiveness or letters of grief or whatever you no longer need from your past to return to where they came from.

You have less than 1 week to find your letter or write one, so that you can stand in your power and be set free!

For the rise of YOU
​​​​​​​For the rise of ME
For the rise of SHE~Rebecca Campbell: Light Is The New Black

We are on this journey together dear sisters! I am a stand for you!

Let’s HANG up the calls from the PAST and set ourselves FREE!

I am honored to be on this journey with you

Feel free to share with us in the comments below who or what you will be releasing!

Please forward this to your friends and let’s rise sisters!

The healing power of community is exponential.

Access Peace and Power like never before!

You ARE FREE!

#forgiveandlive

 

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Evening Primrose Oil For Breast Cysts and PCOS

Evening Primrose Helped My Breast Cysts

I just ordered some more Evening Primrose. For 2 decades I suffered from fibrocystic breasts (breast cysts). Then, I started taking Evening Primrose about 6 months ago and I am amazed at the difference it has made in my life. The swelling has gone down significantly and I barely even notice the cysts. In fact, some are totally gone! The therapeutic dose for me is 1300 mg per day. This oil is also great for treating PCOS, ovarian cysts, skin blemishes and many other hormonal imbalances. Interested it trying it? Go to the link below and order some!

Are you an all natural woman? Learn how to manage herpes naturally in an exclusive interview with Dr. Kelly and famous herbalist, Brigette Mars.

How Facebook Is Ruining Your Self-Confidence

Why do so many women give their power and self-confidence away to Facebook?

What used to be a fun place to connect and share, has now become a place that leaves so many women feeling depressed, isolated, exhausted, jealous, ugly, anxious and powerless.

Single Women, Moms, Female Doctors, Teenage Girls, Successful women, Millionaires, Teachers, Fitness Instructors …you name it…women of all sorts of backgrounds are ruining their self esteem and self worth through Facebook.

Unfortunately, the same platform that can leave women jumping for joy and inspired to live a great life, so often it does just the opposite. They walk away from our computers feeling like CRAP!

So…why are some women’s feelings of self-worth and self-esteem so dependent on the likes and shares they receive?

Research has shown that…

People who are more goal oriented and feel a sense of purpose in life are less sensitive to their Facebook or social media’s responses.

Why? Because people who are more goal oriented are more likely to think of their empowering future and what lies ahead. They don’t need the quick fix of a like to prove that they are progressing towards their dreams. If you have a dream and a plan and you are taking action towards that plan…you are able to see into your future.

People who lack goals often suffer from the need to get their emotional needs met in the short term vs long term. They want success now and they are unwilling to pay their dues for love, health, money, a dream home, dream career etc. So, when they see someone else on Facebook that has what they want… they become jealous, sad, and self-sabotaging.

When we have a sense of purpose, our life has meaning. We feel a deeper connection with people and the outside world. We know that we have something to contribute. So, if you know you have a purpose, you aren’t so bummed out when your Facebook posse doesn’t “like” your posts.

How to turn your Goddess Confidence ON
-Do a Facebook Detox for 30 days or more and see if your self-confidence increases
Set some GOALS– short term and long term and start taking baby steps to achieve them
-Estimate how much time you spend on Facebook and redirect your focus and time to Self Love activities
-Turn Facebook Jealousy into a game plan to go out and get what you want!
-Challenge yourself: Come up with a list of 100 things you LOVE about yourself

 

Want to learn more?

Watch the facebook live video

Listen to the audio of the Facebook live chat

 

 

 

 

Misdiagnosis of Herpes Symptoms In Women

Did you know that herpes symptoms in women can be confused with many common conditions? 85% of people with herpes don’t know they have it! Common symptoms include blisters, sores, itchy areas, tingling, burning, painful urination, skin fissures and cracks, skin ulcers, swollen lymph nodes, fatigue, depression, pain down the leg, flu like symptoms, body aches and watery vaginal discharge; but how do you know if it is herpes? I have worked with women who were misdiagnosed with several other ailments before they were ever PROPERLY diagnosed with herpes.

Why does this happen?

Herpes is truly the Great Masquerader. Doctors and patients alike misdiagnose herpes all the time. Here is a chart of what women with herpes think they have and what men with herpes think they have.

What Women With Herpes Think They Have What Men With Herpes Think They Have
Yeast Infection Folliculitis
Urinary Tract Infection Jock Itch
Menstrual Complaints Normal Itch
Hemorrhoids Hemorrhoids
Heat Rash Zipper Burn
Urethral Syndrome Insect or Spider Bite
Allergy to condoms, spermicides, sperm, elastic/pantyhose Allergies to condoms
Irritation from bike seat, shaving, douching Irritation from bike seat, tight jeans, sexual intercourse
As you can see, it would be very easy to misdiagnosis herpes in women AND men. So, if you have any or many of these symptoms, especially if they are reoccurring, I suggest that you seek medical advice. You have to take control of your health and sometimes it means challenging your doctor’s diagnosis. There have been times when I have encouraged women to demand a herpes blood test. Not knowing can drive you crazy! A simple blood test paired with a thorough exam can determine your herpes status. You can find a herpes testing center near you.  I also recommend getting screened for other STI’s.
If you end up testing positive for herpes, Pink Tent (TM) is here it support you. We are committed to educate, empower and inspire women with herpes to live, love and thrive. If you reside in the Boulder/Denver area, check our www.ColoradoHFriends.com. We host monthly discussion groups, social events and women’s brunches. Take a stand for your health and get tested!
Live. Love. Thrive.

 

Let’s Talk About Sexual Taboos!

Vulva or Vagina?

If you have been following me on @DrKellySchuh on Facebook, you may have seen my Vulva and Vagina puppet video.

Whaaaaat?

My team and I attended the American Association of Sexual Health Educators, Counselors and Therapist conference.

It was eye-opening for me….

We broke down Sexual Taboos with displays and conversations about

-Crazy Adult toys

-Surrogate dolls

-BDSM (I had to look that up)

and lots of shocking conversations…

 

At our booth, we asked people…

Got H?

Not a question you ask every day….

And then we handed them our cute little herpes stuffed animal to open up a conversation.

I met a woman who makes these puppets and she corrected me when I referred to them as vaginas.

It’s not the anatomy I had wrong. She felt that the term vagina was patriarchal, whereas vulva was not.

Our vulvas give us pleasure!

Who doesn’t love pleasure?

Did you know the clitoris has thousands of nerves endings with the sole purpose of

PLEASURE?

I know many of you feel totally disconnected and even disgusted by your lady parts….

But it’s time we fall in love with them.

Our bodies were not JUST made to make babies…..

We are meant to thoroughly love and adore our bodies and to feel

ECSTATIC PLEASURE…

It’s time to get out a mirror ladies….

Say HELLO to your lady parts and reconnect to your sensual side.

Don’t wait for a partner to touch you!

It’s time YOU become the expert in your own pleasure.

Remember that song…”I touch myself?”

It’s time…

Take it slow..

You CAN heal…

No matter what your vulva story is, Pink Tent™ is here to help.

Taking A Stand for Women’s Health

Contributing Author- Stephanie Wilson

In 2015, Joe Fassler wrote an article for The Atlantic recounting his wife Rachel’s experience of having her pain dismissed as an emergency-room patient in a US hospital. Fassler’s article details their visit to the emergency room after Rachel woke up with agonizing pelvic pain. Fourteen and a half hours after arriving at the emergency room—and once Rachel’s pain was finally assessed with adequate attention—Rachel and her doctors prepped for surgical removal of her ovary. Rachel was unknowingly suffering excruciating pain that accompanies an ovarian torsion. While providers told Rachel she was “just feeling a little pain” and misdiagnosed her pain as kidney stones without any proper tests, her ovary was left to die.

Unfortunately, Rachel’s experience is not an isolated incident. In fact, research has shown that women’s pain and other symptoms are often dismissed by medical providers. In addition to women as a group having their symptoms dismissed, research and popular press articles suggest that women of color have their symptoms dismissed at even higher rates.

As women, we have all likely had to learn to advocate for ourselves in healthcare settings. Some of us may have even had to demand a herpes test when providers told us it was not necessary. Similarly, perhaps some of us have had to plead with providers, and others, to understand our negative experiences with hormonal birth control—I know I have. It is evident to me that there is a systemic problem in medicine: the silencing of women’s experiences. Women MUST stand up for their health!

By calling this a systemic problem, I am identifying the medical system and culture as the culprit, rather than individual providers. That is, the white masculine culture of medicine impacts how providers interact with their patients. I do think that we need to hold individuals accountable, but I also think this problem is much larger than any individual or group of individuals. Unfortunately, I also think that means we—as women—need to advocate for ourselves in medical settings; and some of us more than others. If something does not feel right, make sure you find someone who will listen to you. If your doctor tells you your pain is normal, but you know it is not, get a second—and if necessary, a third and fourth—opinion.

I know advocating for your health is easier said than done, and our ability to do so depends on many other factors in addition to gender and race. Finding a doctor who will listen to your experience can be exhausting and expensive. However, as much as you possibly can, stand up for your health!

There is undoubtedly more work to be done to change the culture of medicine so that all women are heard. I hope to be a part of that culture change by drawing attention to these issues as a social researcher. But until that culture changes, we can hold the system accountable as patients. Make sure your symptoms are heard, and your experiences are addressed. Be an advocate for your health and for women’s health!

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About Stephanie

Hi Everyone! My name is Stephanie.  I was diagnosed with HSV-2 in April of 2014 when I was 22 years old.  Right now, almost three years later, I am a doctoral student in the sociology department at Purdue University.  I recently completed my MA in sociology at the University of Northern Colorado where I explored the role of stigma in the process of disclosing a genital herpes diagnosis.  With that said, if anyone is interested in reading what I discovered in my project, I am happy to share that with you! I plan to continue advocating for our community, as well as studying the social factors that influence sexual health in order to understand how we can create a world that is easier for people diagnosed with STIs.  I really enjoy writing for the Pink Tent community and am excited to be able to share some of my experiences and thoughts about living with genital herpes with you all.

Dr. Kelly Is Featured in PopSugar!

Living A Normal Life With Herpes – PopSugar Featuring Dr. Kelly

It’s so exciting when I find new articles about herpes popping up all over the internet, especially when they are found in popular sources such as Glamour, Women’s Health and the Huffington Post. 

It indicates that people are finally talking about herpes and opening up a dialogue. This dirty little secret that no one wanted to talk about years ago is now being brought out of the shadows and into the light.

My years of work within the herpes community has been focused on having women share their story as the first step towards breaking free from the internal shame and pain a diagnosis can cause. Now women all over the world are not only sharing their stories online, they are actively joining in on an even bigger conversation about what it means to have the virus.

I was recently featured in Pop Sugar Fitness’ article, Worried You Can’t Live a Normal Life With Herpes? This Doctor Has Good News In it I shared some facts and dispelled some common myths about the virus. This is just one of the many articles coming out that are slowly chipping away at the social stigma surrounding herpes.

Even though women with herpes can’t be contestants on The Bachelor, it is my vision that this movement of de-stigmatizing herpes will help women break free of the shame and reclaim their health and happiness.

Please check out the article, and write me any questions you may have in the comments below!

Live, Love, Thrive,

Dr. Kelly

 

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Goddess Training with Dr. Kelly- Recap from Dr. Christiane Northrup’s Interview

Goddess Training with Dr. Kelly- Recap from Dr. Christiane Northrup’s Interview

For those that missed the amazing interview I had with Dr. Christiane Northrup, I wanted to recap the video with some highlights, along with some of the things I have learned over the years on taking your sexual power back.

I absolutely loved having this conversation with someone who has influenced me for so long. In our interview, Dr. Northrup shared some powerful stuff!

Watch my recap on:

The power of our Shakti and regaining your Goddess Energy through your chakras. 

How to truly love ourselves

The power of sharing our deepest secrets 

Eliminating shame in your life

Exploring our bodies

 

This is truly a powerful conversation that all women need to hear, especially in this relevant time with the #metoo and women’s empowerment movement. Have more questions? Write me a comment below!

Live, Love, Thrive,

Dr. Kelly

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Healing and Treatment

While there is no cure, women from around the world are managing their herpes symptoms using a combination of natural remedies and/or pharmaceuticals. Some women use suppressive or daily therapy while others use episodic. No matter which herpes treatment you choose, life with herpes can be managed. Click to learn more about herpes treatment.

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