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Not all Disabilities are Visible

I park in the #disability spot.
People look at me funny because
I’m #standing.
They don’t know
‘Not every disability is visible’

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The History & Use of #MyCaringFriends

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“My Caring Friends” is what I’ve been calling you long before I even knew what a #Hashtag was!

I’ve been using it on Facebook when talking about my friends that are there with me through thick and thin. They don’t judge or get offended. They just listen and love.

So I turned it into a hashtag #MyCaringFriends or #mycaringfriends about one year ago. Today, if you Google “My Caring Friends and Dr. Margaret Aranda” one gets 2.5 pages of hits, and it fills a full page of Twitter and blog images, a pretty sight here:

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We recognize authors Carlos Aranda of Conversations with God and Victoria Lewin with daughter Caitlin, of Caitlin’s Wish. Both authors and books are setting great sights for 2017! How about you?

I’m inviting you to our Twitterland – and here are some hints for your success and growth on Twitter! After all, in just two weeks, the 2nd half of 2017 will be starting, and it’s going by fast! By the time the year 2018 rolls around, we want to see success! To get there, here’s your motivation and inspiration:

5 Ways to Hook Up with #MyCaringFriends

  1. Hashtags

Use hashtag #MyCaringFriends or #mycaringfriends to contribute Tweets, find inspiration, motivational songs, and even prayer. @TheRebelPatient is a rebel, so she talks about things other people can’t really talk about, so feel free to Tag her by a Mention in your Tweets, @TheRebelPatient.

First, use our Team Hashtag, #MyCaringFriends or #mycaringfriends in your Tweets. And if you do a Search, just type in the hashtag to see all the cool inspiration for authors, musicians, artists, spoonies, medicine, and the whole basket!

2. Mention for Mention

If I Tag you in a Tweet, that takes my time. I’m Mentioning you as a Tag. But I’m really thinking about you and sending you Followers. I’m promoting you to others, too. If I take the time to Tag you on a Tweet, please kindly acknowledge me, as this is Engagement. You can either:

a. Say “Thank You for the Mention” or

b. Better yet, just Mention me in your next Tweet! Then I’ll return RT for RT! Isn’t that Sweet?

It’s a great rule for you to Follow our Team, as a representative from you as an author, genre, invisible illnesses, or your niche. I just want to teach you (don’t be offended): Mention for Mention, and Follow for Follow.  

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My Caring Friends like to Follow for a “Follow Back” and you can see that I Follow virtually everyone in the world who Follows me (no porn, etc.) If they speak another language, I “Follow Back” by also doing a “Mute” so I don’t view a non-English writing on my Home page. But lots of people who speak a foreign language also understand English. And they send me tons of Followers. Hey! they have lots of authors and disabled people. too. 

When I was new to Twitter, someone chided me for not Following him back in 3 days, and WoW – I looked it up and took a Twitter course…. and he was right. So I check all my Twitters every 3 days and Follow for Follow. I do it all by hand, no app. I like to see who is Following. I’m just curious!

BTW you can Follow all your Followers on your cell phone – it’s much faster, but don’t go too fast or Follow more than 200/day so Twitter won’t lock you out for a time ;0.

3. Growing your Account Followers

If we write a blog that we can Tweet, then we need to Share it on Twitter. I use this to spread information and increase awareness. It’s a powerful outreach that can not be underestimated. So if you see your name in a list of 9 others in a Picture that I Tweeted to you, please open it up and Follow everyone who is listed in the Photo. 

4. ReTweets (RT)

My time is valuable and I’m not one to SPAM – I also wrote a blog, “Tell It Like I’m 5: What’s SPAM?”  – I will not send you more than 6 Mentions or Tweets a day. 

That is, unless you say,

“Tag me on anything, anytime, and I’ll Re-Tweet whatever you send me!” 

– That’s such a great thing to hear from My Caring Friends! I love that! And I’m here for you the same way. If I don’t RT whatever you Tag me in, no worries, okay? No one expects that you HAVE to RT a Mention. It’s all light and airy!

Feel free to Mention me on whatever you want – I’ll try to Re-Tweet (RT) it even if it’s not ‘for me’ but for the benefit of my Followers.

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Inviting you to Follow & Mention Us in Different Genres

A. @themdphdisin – scientific, serious. We tweet our own scientific articles from here: http://www.themdphdisin.wordpress.com/  

B. @DrMargareAranda – books, authors, writing, music – from here: http://www.drmargaretaranda.wordpress.com/

C. @MediBasket – inspiration, quotes, books, music, art, recipes, crafts too, from here: Perseverance: YOU Be that One in a Million!

D. @SpoonieRoomies – the spoonie life, relationships, chronic life, invisible illness, disability

E. @FightForYourDx – medical concerns, fighting for a diagnosis

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Music is free and it decreases chronic pain, anxiety, depression and helps insomnia, mood, and vitality! Studies show it!

It may be overwhelming, but no worries. This time next year, let’s get you more Twitter Followers and drive more traffic to your website.

Remember to actually read my articles and not just RT them lol. And never pretend you read them when you didn’t lol – but I know you’d never do that!

I’m really liking what you do, and am happy to promote you.

And let’s talk to one another through #MyCaringFriends because,

I know you care.

( And Happy Mother’s Day to all our mothers! Especially for those mommies without their babies, we know it can be a difficult time for you – special prayers  and a BIG ((HUG)) going out!)

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I Don’t Know where the Train Tracks Lead

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About two days ago, I received unofficial word that Tate will end up keeping any and all money made from any book sales. Reportedly, they are not paying Amazon and other vendors for services. This is just the word. I have not confirmed it. Of course, I’m not going to call them. Reportedly, it is very difficult to have someone answer their phone.

I’m not going to get in a huff about this.
I’m going to remain composed and logical.

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I’ll just keep smiling in a classy sort of way,
Plugging like a locomotive snow train sort of day.

~ Dr Margaret Aranda

Onward & Forward We Go!

I’ve been marketing my own books, together with a group of lovely Twitter friends who I respect and admire (so many to include, and I just can’t do it, but thank you to all!). And I know authors struggle, in general, anyway, and I promised to keep people informed, as I was informed. So that is what I am doing.

I was adjusting to this news until now,

and have not made any changes in what I am doing.

But probably within a couple of days,

I will stop Tweeting on my own books and instead,

I’ll ‘save’ Tweet collections as in a “Moment”

on each of my Twitter profiles.

Yes, I am sad about seeing my work get invisibly cut away from me in what seems to be an uncertain future. But … you know that I am a very positive person and I do hope that the future will be brighter. Somehow, someway, this has to all be a part of God’s plan for my life.belle

After all, when I think about it, I remember that my quarterly checks from Tate Publishing were, like,  $0.35.

Yes, it was less than the cost of a stamp. SO…

What can you do? Lots, actually, ranging from A – Z.

Personally, and for the moment, this is what I say:

“Oh, Well…” and I push on, toward the light.

As discussed in the original article on “What Happened to Tate Publishing?” I will keep you informed. My personal goal? To have my grandchildren hold my books in their hands. My plan? I am partnering to start a publishing company that will sell ebooks, for starters. Of course, I’ll keep you advised.

This is certainly a reason to turn something ‘bad’ into something ‘good.’
That’s what The Rebel Patient does.

She thrives on adversity and the sense of impending failure and doom.

She takes the negativity and turns it into positivity.

Her ‘friends’ relish the thought of seeing her fail.

She moves forward, each step of the way, striving.

Like herself, The Rebel Patient wants you to (you guessed it) …

Be the  Best Person You can Be,

Each Step of the Way!

~ Dr Margaret Aranda

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but I’m going to stay on them.

~ Dr Margaret Aranda

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THE END

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Social Media Photos #1: Ten Reasons to Use Photos

For any blog article, you need good images. Here’s My List of top reasons why you should use images on all your posts: Speak: people just muse and even get lost in great photos. Read more

 

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#3: Six Men Review the Book: Archives of the Vagina

These men wrote Book Reviews for the Introduction of Archives of the Vagina: A Journey through Time by Dr. Margaret Aranda. Each is a woman’s healthcare expert in his own right. 1. Walter E. …

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10 Signs of a Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

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MEDICAL DISCLAIMER: Nothing in any of our articles is meant to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Always see a doctor in person for medical problems. Call 911 or use your country code for emergencies.

For most people, a traumatic or acquired brain injury starts in the car.

Two million Americans will get a brain injury this year.

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If there is lots of blood or broken bones on the car accident scene, or if someone is in a coma, a severe traumatic brain injury can be diagnosed on site.

At first glance, however, you need to know that a mild traumatic brain injury isn’t so obvious, like a giant train just fell out a window.

No, not at all. But the brain damage can be immense.

Here’s a looking-glass view of the brain and how it’s encased in the skull with the spinal cord. So you see?

Everything can seem perfectly normal.

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Walking in Spirituality

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Medical Disclaimer: Not to be taken as medical advice, cure, or treatment. Speak to a professional, in person, for any problems that you have. It’s okay to talk about personal things with any doctor or nurse. Remember that suicide is never the answer – getting help is the answer. If you or someone you know is in danger due to thoughts of suicide, call 911. To talk about thoughts of suicide, call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433) for serious but not immediate danger; call 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255)  to talk. There is much more to read here:  suicide.org.

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These things are my musings:

Stop wasting your time in life, and get to the important mission of your spiritual path.

It’s almost the end of January, 2017 and this year is going to better! Let’s contemplate where we are.

Many people tell me that they don’t  like this life is “real.” They don’t really feel as if they “belong” here on earth, and and they definitely “don’t fit in.” This is such a daily struggle for some that they talk to me, telling me (since I’m a doctor) that they struggle with suicide, daily. It’s because they really do feel that different, and they seek to belong. Their struggle is intense, persistent, and pervasive. They must find themselves.

Perhaps the self-struggle (and that’s what it may be) is because they are more spiritual than they know. Perhaps you are more spiritual than you know, too. Read on.

It’s time for you to start praying to God. There’s no other shortcut that I know, no human that can ‘fix’ this, no medication to take. Perhaps that is because there’s nothing “wrong”  with you and God is calling out for you to seek his face. Maybe your spirit is lonely for God’s spirit.

Searching to belong? You must know that God is watching out for you. Whether you realize it or not, it’s time to give up the struggle to ‘belong.’ No one has to ‘belong.’ It’s genuinely and mathematically correct to not belong, as we are unique.

No one is YOU.

It could be that you don’t ‘belong,’ you never have, you never will, and that’s OK. Why? Because you are different. You are tuned into spiritual things, not material things of this world, as if your tuning is honed into a different wavelength than the norm. Perhaps you need to accept this and be grateful that you are thinking on your own and striving to ‘find’ yourself.

You need to be comfortable in your own skin. walkinginspirituality

I started my spiritual walk when I was seven years old, in 2nd grade. I prayed with my patients, and I’m not the only doctor that does that. After my car accident, I was a Pastor. I have always prayed a lot and people tell me I say good, short, easy prayers. I think this is a good prayer for anyone who wishes to be more spiritual.

🙏🏽 This is my daily prayer:

“Dear God, I come before you seeking Your Will in my life, and I ask you to make yourself known to me. Open the doors that need to be opened, and close the doors that need to be closed.”

“Let me walk in your straight path, keeping my eyes on you. Send me people who bring me closer to you, and allow the negative influences to walk away from me. If I lose everyone but you, I am willing to do that. Thank you, I thank you, God, for making yourself known to me. I will watch for your signs. Lead me, guide me, comfort me. Amen.”

🙂 Now wait, and be expectant and hopeful.

👌🏽 The catch is that when a door slams in your face, you will know it. It will slam hard. But you will also know that you asked for it. So accept it and MOVE ON to the opened doors. Stop wasting your time in life and get to the important mission of your spiritual path. Acknowledge and thank God for answering your prayer. Then, move onward and forward!

🙌🏽 When you see an opened door, it is also important to acknowledge it and thank God for answering your prayer. No one will consider something to be “an answered prayer” because they didn’t say the prayer themselves, they aren’t you, and perhaps they are not walking in spirituality, but in carnality …so be careful who you talk to, as they may oppose your spirituality.

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Only you know when your wishes come true. Only you know the true desires of your own heart, and when they are fulfilled.

So never look for validation from someone else. Look inside your own spirit.

You’ll grow your spiritual heart. This will also help you to announce your spirituality to yourself. “Walking in Spirituality” will become a way of life. My book, Stepping from the Edge, teaches you how to Really Believe God. Step-by-step, Workbook style, it gives you the pearls of wisdom gleaned from a hard life filled with obstacles and ‘bad luck.’ I hope you can learn from it, so here is Chapter One, FREE. Winner, Nancy Mills’ Spirited Woman Tip 12 Book Pick List.

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All 5 Books by Dr Margaret Aranda won the Top 12 Spirited Woman Award from Nancy Mills, www.theinspiredwoman.com.

Final thought: Perhaps you are in this world,

but are not of this world. Perhaps it’s this way for all of us.

Thank you for reading my writings.

Spurring you on to Momentous Occasions.

Remember to Cherish the Moments.

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What Does Luck have to do with It?

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Is it just me, or are people using the word, ‘luck’ more often?

I applied for an intern type of position and was rejected. It was explained that I ‘wasn’t lucky.’

Tate Publishing emailed me, sending me to their main website. Since I published 5 books with Tate already, my only Click leads me to either wait for further contact or terminate my Contract. The last sentence reads,

We extend our sincerest thanks to our clients for allowing us to serve them, and wish them the best of luck in their future endeavors.

~ Tate Publishing

Thoughts: this is supposed to be a ‘Christian’ company. Where is God? (Make that, “Thought”)

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Thought: If this is all the information a published author has received to date, how is it forthcoming enough to volunteer to terminate a contract? And pay $50 per book for it?  … by check, money order or cashier’s check, no credit cards … 

For those of us with published books, it looks like we’re waiting for someone else to market for us … but wait!

Hey! But wait! I’m doing my own marketing on Twitter!

I have lovely friends Tweet my books: @Selim Yeniceri, @JETAR9, @nine_oh, @JulezPooh, @TBGTNT, @losman1976, @ChronicPainDad, @jiggaz31,@fibromadness, @omasoncharles, @RayLooker1, @SkyeWolfie, @AliTheKing19, @lunatictravel, @KirbyLana @AquaSolutionsAFM and more – you need to read all my social media articles and go on Twitter!

What if Tate was supposed to ‘release’ my book, soon? My choice is to either wait for an alternate publisher, or to go here to terminate. My 6th book is Coming Soon and I’m so happy I’m not relying on Tate. So I just realized:

If I had gone with Tate, my book would be in limbo. No, purgatory.

Again, if you know the ‘bad luck’ I’ve had in my life, you’d think the publisher is having problems just because of me! I looked at what Tate said to new Authors whose books have not been released. Mind you, that means that an author with a new book could have gone back and forth with a publisher several times, over the course of 3 – 6 months, or longer:

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Thought: That’s a lot of blood, sweat, and tears deleted with a click of a button. So many revisions were potentially made on someone’s book, and the author may not even have access to the most recent work.  All… that  … work …

Short note to vendors:

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I wish our new publishing house was up and running and could open its arms to all the authors affected by this unfortunate sequence of unfolding events. Anyone want to invest in a publishing company? Who knows, right?

I do know one thing: It’s not luck that’s going to get us out of this plight. It’s God, and I’m not afraid to say it. I pray for all affected.

I’m going to hope for the best, plow onward and forward, and see how things unfold. Thanks for staying with me on this one. Let us know if you hear anything. Thanks.

You’re amazing and incredible.

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I got rejected from a handful of medical schools. So I’m used to being rejected. And I’m used to being told flat-out that my application was rejected. I’m just not used to blaming these things on ‘luck.’

Luck doesn’t have anything to with the decisions that other people make about your life. Other people can control your life by choosing to put you in a less than optimal position.

What happens next is due to you, how you react, and whether or not you take it to God.

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