Lesson 3: Trust yourself more than you trust health care professionals. You know your body better than anyone because you’re the one living in it. Lesson 4: Don’t use YouTube or the Internet to learn how to do medical procedures. I hit a nerve and nearly passed out when I gave myself a shot without medical supervision. Three more lessons are coming in the countdown to Lightening the Shadow.
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