RULE: Love Thyself


As Valentine’s approaches, you may feel compelled to buy a card or chocolates for a loved one.  Or maybe you feel sad or lonely because you don’t have or are apart from a loved one.  Whatever you are feeling, know that love exists in you.  It’s all around you.

You can lose it, but it will find you again.

You’ll never run out no matter how much you give.

If you don’t have someone to share love with, there is someone in your life feeling the same way.  Find them.

If you do have someone you love, find them. And show them.





This weekend, and all weeks, love yourself.

Be good to your body.

Get meaningful rest.

Be gentle with yourself and love ones.

Spend time with people you love.

I’m going to keep cramming this love thing down your throat with some familiar quotes:

It’s better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all.

To know love, is to give love.  

Love makes the world go round.

and of course….

All you need is love.






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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center working with special needs children. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has participated with Operation Smile in Russia, she has patients in North Carolina, Maine, Oregon and New Zealand. Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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