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My name is Elisa Friedlander and I have indulged in the pleasure of writing since I was eight years old. In my early adulthood I found a diary entry from about the same age where I wrote that I wanted to be a therapist. Gratefully, that childhood fantasy led me to a fantastic career as a psychotherapist for children and adults. I specialized in pain and disability, which were familiar areas of focus since as a young adult I began managing pain due to a genetic spine disease. As a result of complicated surgeries in my mid-forties I developed CRPS (complex regional pain syndrome), a neuro- inflammatory condition that causes multiple symptoms including intractable burning nerve pain. My private practice is on hold for an undetermined amount of time. My life, however, is not on hold. In a sacred moment, a friend said to me, “You’re still helping people, it’s who you are.” Same goes for writing, so it seemed only natural to merge these two parts of myself. Voila, another blog is birthed. Some things that sweeten life: My rescue dog, nature, unabashed laughter, a good read, true connection, learning, being married to my best friend, hot tea, voice recognition software, music, elephants, Ellen Degeneres, intentional Netflix binging, vanilla cupcakes and possibility.