Author Archives: Paris Dancy

With Cushing’s, Work Can Be Difficult but Doable

On Saturday, I will turn 39 years old. Six years ago, I wasn’t sure what my life would look like after being diagnosed with a pituitary adenoma. Every year since my transsphenoidal surgery, I reflect on my personal growth. It has taken me about five years post-op for…

Gardening Can Teach Us Lessons About Healing

One thing from my childhood that sticks out to me were Saturday mornings. If I wasn’t playing ball, then I was helping my parents do yardwork. My mother had an area on the side of our home where she had different plants. After my brother and I finished cutting the…

The Superhero Elements of Being an Advocate

For the past 13 years, the superhero genre has taken over cinema and given us some of the best experiences at the movies. I am a huge fan of superhero movies. This got me thinking about the criteria for being a superhero and whether it is the same for being…

Depression Is Tough, but There Is Always Hope

First, let me start by saying depression sucks. There is nothing fun, likable, or enjoyable about it. Depression is an illness no one is immune to. It can be very easy to fall into, and even more difficult to get out of without the right help. Depression can be…

Warding Off the Fear of the Unknown After Diagnosis

Fear is one of the most paralyzing feelings we can encounter. It forces us to make certain decisions, whether we want to or not. It feeds on our emotions, hoping we will crumble. There are many reasons why someone might be experiencing fear, but for me, it was prompted…

‘SMART’ Goals Are Barrier Breakers

The work I do in the field of mental health is unique and rewarding. Every day, I get to speak with people. Sometimes the conversations are good, and sometimes they are a learning experience. I have noticed that everyone has one thing in common, regardless of their education, socioeconomic status,…

Preparing for Battle: A Letter to My Younger Self

Dear Paris, Nineteen years from now, life for you will be very different. I know that at this point in your life, you can’t possibly imagine how different it will be. The challenges ahead will completely change your views, your perspective about life, and your decision-making process. As you read…