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    How to combat stress in your life


    Let’s see if I can list my stressors in 150 words or less:

    • Have a husband, a son, and twin girls

    • Ran a referral center and was on call 24-7 for nearly five years

    • Nanny problems

    • Dog got sick

    • Daughter got sick

    • Dog went into remission

    • Daughter remained sick

    • Got new part time job and now had to clean my own house

    • Dog died

    • Get two new dogs

    • Soccer is hard on my son’s lower body and ortho appointments take half a day

    • Daughter is still sick

    • Blew out my knee and need a hysterectomy

    • Daughter (still sick) develops unrelated knee disorder and can’t walk for six months

    • Second dog dies

    • I find out I am BRACA 2 positive and have my ovaries (which I left during my hysterectomy six months ago) removed

    • Husband moves into solo practice

    • While planning my mastectomy, I am now covering for two doctors out on medical leave from my now full-time practice

    • Finally figure out what is wrong with my daughter

    • My son gets sick

    (Hmm, 160 words. See, I am too stressed.)

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    Tracy Schroeder Swartz, OD, MS, FAAO
    Tracy Schroeder Swartz currently practices at Madison Eye Care Center in Madison, Alabama. She serves as Education Chair for the ...


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