September 1, 2021 7:00 am

My Dental Journey: Overcoming Fears and Embracing Oral Health

Stepping into the dentist’s office has always evoked a mixture of anxiety and discomfort for me. Like many others, I have struggled with dental fears and avoided regular check-ups for far too long. However, recently, I made a conscious decision to prioritize my oral health and face my fears head-on. In this personal blog, I want to share my journey of going to the dentist, the lessons I’ve learned, and how it has transformed my perspective on dental care.

Confronting the Fear:
The first step in my dental journey was acknowledging and confronting my fear. I realized that by avoiding dental visits, I was only exacerbating potential problems and compromising my overall health. With a determined mindset, I mustered the courage to schedule an appointment and embark on this transformative journey.

Finding the Right Dentist:
Finding a compassionate and understanding dentist was crucial in my journey. I sought recommendations, read reviews, and consulted with friends and family to discover a dentist who specialized in handling anxious patients. The dentist’s calm demeanor and willingness to address my concerns created a safe and supportive environment, instilling confidence in me throughout the process.

Building Trust and Communication:
One of the most significant factors in overcoming my dental fears was building trust and open communication with my dentist. I expressed my apprehensions, asked questions, and actively participated in discussions about treatment options such as getting Cerec Same Day Crowns, dental implants or invisalign treatment. This collaboration allowed me to understand the procedures better, alleviating my anxiety and making me an active participant in my own oral health journey.

Embracing Preventive Care:
Through my dental visits, I realized the importance of preventive care. Regular check-ups and cleanings became a cornerstone of my oral health routine, helping me prevent more significant issues in the long run. The dental team educated me on proper brushing and flossing techniques, dietary habits, and the impact of lifestyle choices on oral health. This knowledge empowered me to take control of my dental hygiene and make informed decisions for my overall well-being.

Embarking on my dental journey was undoubtedly a transformative experience. It taught me the importance of confronting fears, finding the right professionals, and prioritizing preventive care. Through open communication, trust-building, and embracing regular dental visits, I have overcome my dental anxieties and achieved a healthier smile. If you find yourself in a similar situation, I encourage you to take that first step towards a brighter dental future and look into services from Durham Dental or look into this content. Remember, your oral health is an investment in your overall well-being, and with the right support, you can conquer your fears and achieve a confident smile.

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February 18, 2021 8:47 pm

An Abortion Experience

Abortion remains a deeply personal and often contentious topic, with countless individuals facing this choice for various reasons. I aim to shed light on the complex emotions and circumstances surrounding the decision to have an abortion and how it can benefit individuals in different situations.

A Personal Journey:

Several years ago, a person found themselves confronting an unexpected pregnancy. Financial instability and a strained relationship with their partner added to the complexity of the situation. After thoughtful deliberation, they decided that abortion was the best course of action.

Empowerment and Autonomy:
Choosing to have an abortion allowed this individual to take control of their life and future. It was a decision made with a profound understanding of their circumstances, guided by the belief that it was the best choice for their well-being and potential future children.

Mental and Emotional Well-being:
The relief experienced after the procedure was profound. While not without emotional challenges, knowing they had made the right choice for their mental and emotional health was invaluable.

Continued Pursuit of Goals:
Having an abortion enabled this person to continue pursuing their education and career goals without the added responsibilities of parenthood. It provided them with the time and freedom to focus on personal growth and self-improvement.

Stronger Relationship:
The experience brought this individual and their partner closer together. They faced a difficult decision as a team and provided unwavering support for one another throughout the process.

How Others Can Benefit:

Destigmatizing Conversations:
By openly discussing abortion experiences without judgment, we can contribute to the destigmatization of this choice. This empowers individuals to make informed decisions based on their unique circumstances.

Access to Safe Healthcare:
Ensuring that safe and legal abortion services are accessible to those who need them is crucial. Everyone should have the option to make the choice that’s right for their situation. You can find Abortion Treatment Information here.

Supportive Communities:
Creating supportive and non-judgmental communities for individuals who have had abortions can provide much-needed emotional support during a potentially challenging time.


This individual’s abortion was a personal decision that allowed them to regain control of their life, prioritize their mental and emotional well-being, and continue working towards their goals. While this choice is not right for everyone, it is essential to respect the autonomy of individuals facing this decision and to promote understanding and compassion. By sharing this experience, we aim to contribute to a more open and empathetic conversation about abortion and its benefits in certain circumstances.

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April 16, 2020 11:05 am

Tarot: A Spread For Hope

I’ve been getting into witchcraft classes and doing some small tarot readings for myself, and I am going to post some of them here in case that is also an interest of yours. I am new to tarot card reading, so I’ll be showing the booklet interpretations here so I can refer back to them.

The Spread

Something Beautiful I've forgotten / Something magical I should embrace / Something useful I can do or offer

The Cards

Photo of three cards: the six of wands, the hermit, death. The cards are colorful and have circles and stars in each of their corners.
Six of Wands, The Hermit, Death

Something Beautiful I’ve Forgotten: Six of Wands

This booklet description of the Six of Wands didn’t really resonate with me, so I looked it up online. According to BiddyTarot, “The Six of Wands suggests that not only have you achieved your goals, but you are also receiving public acknowledgement for your efforts” and HOO BOY, my work is good at this and yes, now that I’m off work and stuck at home, I’m not feeling super successful or recognized or like I’m making any progress at all. It’s hard to remember that even if you have done well in the past, now that things are different, it doesn’t erase what you’ve done and also: have some self-compassion! Things are weird!

Something Magical I Should Embrace: The Hermit

The Hermit could not be more apropos now that most of us are stuck at home! It’s hard to think of this time as “magical” though. I’ve been doing a lot of introspection and retreat during this time, that’s for sure. And I think you do have to embrace the hermeticism! If you’re not making peace with the idea that we’re all going to be inside for a very long time, you’re going to have a rough go of it. Better to embrace it than fight it.

Something Useful I Can Do Or Offer: Death

I feel like the Death card here is symbolizing that there’s a Before Times and and an After Times. Nothing is going to be the same now that we’re in the throes of a global pandemic, and we need to grieve the loss of what we had before and embrace the new beginning that will come. I’ve been thinking a lot about what I’d like life to look like once we are in the recovery phase… things like universal healthcare, maybe a universal basic income, hazard pay for the people that have/had to work during this time to keep us healthy and fed… There are a lot of things that I want to see happen anyway and the pandemic is showing us how important those things are!

In terms of it being something I can do: I can fight for these things! I can donate to politicians I support who espouse these ideals and I can volunteer for causes I support. I personally really like participating in Postcards to Voters – I like sending mail, it’s a very effective form of voter outreach, and I can do it from the comfort of my own home.

Spread: 3am Tarot
Deck: Star Spinner by Trungles

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