About the Author

Gwendolyn Althea is a communications professional and self-care advocate, passionate about dope food and dope parenting. She encourages everyone to Make A Dope Life that aligns with their passions. Check out her thoughts on faith, food and life at 40+ at www.makeadopelife.com.

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  1. Even things like holding your breath can be a response to trauma. The body is so amazing. Thank you for your vulnerability and courage to address your past, face your fears, and exhale. Great story.

  2. What a powerful, enlightening, vulnerable and inspirational read. I found myself immediately engaged with the author and was pulled in right away from the title. Thank you for reminding us that “we all have something”! Thankfully, with the passage of time, perseverance and faith, we can conquer our fears and create a reality where we are truly living, thriving and breathing. Continued blessings to you and I look forward to reading more of your work.

  3. I am so proud of you, your progress and how vulnerable you choose to be. I know you are helping others along the way.

  4. Thank you for never giving up on yourself. Thank you for your transparency as you help us not to give up on ourselves.

  5. First, I am soo very Proud of You! You are a Strong, Amazing Woman. Secondly, this resonates with me on a deep personal level. I can relate to “holding my breath” for similar reasons and hadn’t realized I was doing so while reading this as well. Thank you for sharing your journey with us and inspiring us to share our own.

  6. I’ve noticed the shift in your way of being. Beautiful to watch. Thank you for sharing and being vulnerable. I hope this essay helps others exhale.

  7. Thank you for being honest and sharing some of your journey. Breathe really is life. I’m learning to regulate my emotions by being mindful and slowly inhaling and exhaling.

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