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  1. 7 TED Talks to Inspire Sickle Cell Warriors, Even on the Toughest of Days

    October 4, 2016 by Andrea

    On a mission to share "ideas worth spreading," TED, which began in the early '80s as a conference on technology, entertainment, and design, is a nonprofit that now covers all kinds of topics via its well-known TED Talks.

     

    Typically less than 20 minutes long, these talks aim to inspire, motivate, and encourage. Whether you're having an amazing day and want to keep that momentum going, or you're in the midst of a crisis and need a dose of hope, there's a TED Talk for you.

    Check out our curated list below for TED TAlks every sickle cell warrior should see. 

    1) Embrace the Near Win

    2) The Mystery of Chronic Pain

    3) The Surprising Science of Happiness

    4) Living Beyond Limits

    5) The 3 A's of Awesome

    6) Own Your Body's Data

    7) A Broken Body Isn't a Broken Person


  2. 5 Must-Read Motivational Books for Every Sickle Cell Warrior

    September 22, 2016 by Andrea
    Photo: stocksnap.io

    Photo: stocksnap.io



    While strength is characteristic of many sickle cell warriors, no one can be strong every single day. So, whenever you fell yourself drifting into worry, self-doubt, or depression during a crisis or just a bad day, reach for one of these reads: 


    1) The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
    This book shares the "source of self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, The Four Agreements offer a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love." -amazon.com 

    2) The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
    "In The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity, and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of wholehearted living—a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness." -amazon.com

    3) Peace in the Storm: Meditations on Chronic Pain and Illness by Maureen Pratt
    "A devotional for anyone who lives with the spiritually challenging presence of chronic pain and illness. This book contains short chapters that include a Scripture verse, meditation, and prayer focused on one aspect of struggling with health issues, each of which is meant to encourage, inspire, and strengthen the reader's inner spirit and make his or her walk with God more joy- and peace-filled." -maureenpratt.com

    4) 365 Days of Positive Thinking by Jenny Kellett
     
    Chock-full of quotes, such as "Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time" and "Nothing is impossible; the word itself says, 'I'm Possible!', this book provides empowering bites of motivation for each day of the year.

    5) Chicken Soup for the Unsinkable Soul by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Heather McNamara
    "Sure to become a favorite of readers who love Chicken Soup for its stories of overcoming life's obstacles, challenges, heartbreaks and pain, this book emphasizes triumph in the face of overwhelming odds." -chickensoup.com


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