Totems on alert!

By | 2012-10-29T13:18:02-04:00 October 29th, 2012|Life|

Totem Tamers hopes everyone stays safe and calm during the storm in the Northeast. Know that your Totems are always on alert and ready to help during any situation that may overwhelm you.

Keeping eyes on the storm…

Totem Tamers presents WARRIOR WEDNESDAY!

By | 2012-10-24T07:45:17-04:00 October 24th, 2012|Life|

We recently unveiled our newest Totem, Shark! Some of you have asked why we decided to go with a shark. Well, it actually wasn’t our idea! It was Max’s idea, and that’s one of the reasons he is this weeks WARRIOR! Max was one of our very first Totem recipients and watching him connect and use the Totem was extremely special and validating for us. With a little help from his Mom, Max was kind enough to share his experience with his Totems. To see Max’s testimonial, please go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwTwjLchEKo&feature=youtu.be

Thank you Max for being so brave to share with us. We’d like to hear from you too! If you have a picture of your totem, or you with your totem, a drawing, even a video of you talking about how Totem Tamers has helped you, send it along to info@totemtamers.com. Maybe you can be our next WARRIOR WEDNESDAY!

Take some deep breaths and enjoy the calm.

J

"Don't Do Me Like That" (keeping with Tom Petty!)

By | 2012-10-19T22:30:03-04:00 October 19th, 2012|Life|

Well it was a colonoscopy after all, so I think the song title is quite appropriate don’t you?!

Before with Bear!

Indeed I had my totem to help keep my nerves at bay before the procedure. Bear caused a bit of a ruckus inside the procedure room of course because I wanted to hold him as they administered the drug that would knock me unconscious! The doctors were all understanding and let me keep Bear with me. 45 minutes later I wake up in recovery and of course Bear is nowhere to be found and after having the whole place turned upside down, Bear was stuck in the sheets! Good news! Followed thankfully by more good news from the awesome Dr. Charles Maltz, who told my I have a normal looking colon. It may well be the only normal bit about me, he didn’t say that, I did!

After with Bear!

Wow I certainly don’t look normal! I hope my openness has motivated you to have yourself a check up and maybe schedule that test you’ve been dreading. Having a totem with me really helped redirect my nervousness and keep me calm, and maybe it will help you too!

Stay well,

J

The Waiting is the Hardest Part (thanks Tom Petty)

By | 2012-10-18T18:18:13-04:00 October 18th, 2012|Life|

Waiting is definitely an anxiety provoking exercise. It almost doesn’t matter what you’re waiting for. You could be waiting for the one you love to get home after a long business trip. You could be waiting for your SAT scores so you can prepare for college. You can be waiting for your double cheeseburger and fries during your extremely short lunch period. What am I waiting for you ask? I am waiting for the four laxatives I just took, in preparation for tomorrow’s colonoscopy, to kick in! Yeah fun! Seriously, knowing that within the next couple of hours I will also have to drink a ridiculous amount of liquid in which powder has been dissolved to help completely clean out my system is freaking me out! I have been through it before, many years ago, and I am not sure if the knowing what’s coming (out) is making it worse or better?! Somehow me writing this down for all of you is helping me, so thanks for giving me the outlet to talk about my crap, literally! Now you may be interested in why someone so young (ok whatever) is getting a colonoscopy, well I will tell you. I have had years and years of gastrointestinal distress which the doctor has recently diagnosed as IBS. There is also some unclear family history that may or may not include colon cancer (long story) so this is a big just in case and why the hell not procedure. For me, peace of mind means knowing everything I can. I know that doesn’t hold true for a lot of people who are more comfortable not knowing. I think this is referred to denial in a lot of cases. Either way, I am doing this because I have to, want to, need to, and my anxiety about the prep (which is worse than the procedure mind you) is not going to keep me from having a colonoscopy done which could potentially give me life saving results. Heck, sometimes peace of mind is life saving enough. Please, please, please, don’t let your anxiety get in the way of any health related concerns or issues. Take your totem, take some deep breaths, and take the next step in taking care of yourself.

Stay well,

J

Totem Tamers presents WARRIOR WEDNESDAY!

By | 2012-10-17T14:09:54-04:00 October 17th, 2012|Life|

It is with great honor that BEAR, OWL, and BULLDOG welcome the newest WARRIOR to the Totem Tamer family, SHARK!

Newest WARRIOR in the Totem Tamer family, SHARK!

With incredible senses like feeling vibrations, super smelling, and the ability to see underwater, SHARK is ready to help you by devouring potentially overwhelming feelings before you lose control! Take your SHARK totem with you everywhere and you will have a way to protect yourself and your emotions so you can enjoy a sense of calm throughout your day. Visit www.totemtamers.com to order one today!

Talking the "Talk!"

By | 2012-10-16T11:27:19-04:00 October 16th, 2012|Life|

My oldest son is about to turn thirteen. Wow, I am about to be the parent of a teenager. Somehow I suspect it won’t be very different than being the parent of a pre-teenager because I don’t expect the eye-rolling and whatever’s to miraculously stop overnight. The difference is that it is now more imperative than ever to prepare this young man for being independent and well-informed. Not only does that include getting his homework turned in on time, brushing his teeth, showering (please, for goodness sakes, showering,) lifting his head up from whatever screen it’s glued to long enough to remind me of the beautiful hazel colored eyes in his head, but it also means having “the talk.” Yup, I have to talk to my kid about s-e-x. Well, I also have to talk to him about masturbation because he spends a ridiculous amount of time in the bathroom and his socks keep disappearing! My sons’ (I have three) father and I have been divorced about five years now, but thankfully we have an incredible co-parenting relationship. So incredible that we were both able to tell each other how freaked out we are at the notion of having this conversation with our oldest child. We discovered that neither of us received “the talk” when we were little. My exposure at least was limited to a book about women’s fantasies (not recommended for young readers as I don’t think I could ever look at a hairbrush salesman in the eye again,) and “Our Bodies, Ourselves.” So yeah, I was not that prepared! Now here I am googling how best to talk to my child about what’s happening with his body, why he feels the way he does around some of his girl friends, and how to treat those girl friends with the respect they deserve, among other topics of course (gotta find those socks.) I am anxious about it. My co-parent is anxious about it. No matter how much anxiety we have though, it is our responsibility as adults and parents to be uncomfortable for even just a little while, to let our son know that we love him and we want him to be safe and to know that he can talk to us about anything! I will have my totems with me, all of them, along with the knowledge that I am helping my baby grow in to a respectable, responsible, young man. Prepare yourselves so you can prepare your children. I had a mother of girls’ say something so poignant to me one day, and I will leave you with her sentiment. “As a mother of boys, you only have one penis to worry about. As a mother of girls, I have to worry about all of them!”

Stay well!

Julie

Have Totem, will travel Safely!

Totem Tamers presents WARRIOR WEDNESDAY!!

By | 2012-10-10T09:49:39-04:00 October 10th, 2012|Life|

This week Totem Tamers is proud to announce Rocker Bret Michaels as our WARRIOR WEDNESDAY!!! Many of you may remember Michaels as the front man for the wildly popular hair band, Poison. Today however, we would like to add to his memorability by recognizing something amazing he has just accomplished in Phoenix. After suffering a brain hemorrhage, Michaels was rushed to St. Joseph’s hospital in Phoenix where he credits doctors with saving his life. As a thank you to the hospital and doctors, Michaels opened the Bret Michaels Hospitality and Music Room and described the room “whose sole purpose is to provide comfort, serenity and peace to families that are going through a very trying time in their lives.” Way to go WARRIOR Bret, this is right up Totem Tamers alley! We all know that a calm place to take some deep restorative breaths can be the best medicine while using your Totem to help absorb those overwhelming feelings.

Courtesy earsucker.com

Totem Tamers presents WARRIOR WEDNESDAY!

By | 2012-10-03T16:23:04-04:00 October 3rd, 2012|Life|

Today we are calling attention to a WARRIOR that has ridden the gamut of notoriety, from mega-fame to mega-embarrassment. Our WARRIOR WEDNESDAY this week is George Michael! Yes, that George Michael. You may ask why we would do that, and I will gladly answer you. Mr. Michael recently announced that he had to cancel the Australian leg of his tour so he can seek treatment for his anxiety! Someone who has sold an estimated 100 million records and fills concert halls and admits to having anxiety is a WARRIOR in my book! Good on you George Michael and maybe you should consider taking a Totem on stage with you from now on to help get those overwhelming feelings from keeping you hanging on like a yo-yo. (Sorry just couldn’t help myself!)

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