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‘Grey’s’ Alum Abigail Spencer: Stress ‘Almost Killed Me’ During Hard Year

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Getting through the hard times. Thanks to “intensive trauma therapy,” Abigail Spencer has been able to cope with even the biggest challenges.

“August 4th 2021, I moved into the hardest year of my life,” the Grey’s Anatomy alum, 41, wrote via Instagram on Thursday, August 4, alongside a carousel of photos with her 13-year-old son, Roman. “It almost killed me, and if I hadn’t been in training for my mind, body & spirit for & surrounded myself with the most incredible community of friends & healers, I do not believe I would have survived it. I’m not going to get into the details of the events that brought about what I’m about to share, but I’ll tell you some of the emotional headlines of its effects.”

Spencer — who shares her son with ex-husband Andrew Pruett — further revealed that while she typically doesn’t share “personal stories about what’s really going on in my life” via her social media, she felt inspired to open up in honor of her birthday.

“I’m feeling compelled to share a little more with you upon reflection of the past year as I set intentions & vision the next,” the Suits alum noted in her social media upload. “Last year for my 40th, I mentioned I took myself to Onsite, an emotional wellness retreat, for a week of intensive trauma therapy to look at myself more deeply. Get more healing & more tools to dance with the fullness of life. They say it’s the equivalent to 100 hours of therapy in a week.”

She added: “That week was radical & life changing. I stepped into my 40th year feeling better than ever. Like I had plugged my tail bone into the sun. Ready to take on life come what may. And boy did it.”

The Florida native continued her emotional message in her Instagram comments, revealing that stress “almost took me out.”

Spencer wrote: “I literally felt like my insides were being eaten by stress. I couldn’t get up off the floor some days. Fear & loss had gripped me. Anxiety would arrest me. In the fight of my life. I cried so hard on multiple occasions that it led me to vomiting. I spent hours some days trembling while holding myself through the incessant distress.”

The This Means War actress further explained that she did not leave her house for several days or “catch a breath,” noting that “everything felt so hard” when her anxiety was exacerbated.

“At one point I thought I was having a heart attack. I talked to a cardiologist & he said I wasn’t having a heart attack, that my heart was broken & I needed to be held,” she continued. “If I exerted too much energy, I knew my bones would break. 7 – 9 months ago I couldn’t imagine anything beyond the hard, cold bathroom floor of my mind. I was a shell of a person. And the most terrifying part was I felt alone.”

Spencer admitted that she “was not doing well” at the time, adding: “I did not feel easy to love. I remember thinking ‘WTF is living your best life & how does anyone do that!?’”

Amid her healing journey, Spencer has slowly but surely been able to find her peace and joy again.

“I self-cared like I never had before. I circled with women. To be witnessed in your greatest despair is a very vulnerable & beautiful thing. I did shadow work. I scheduled my grief & physical care like it was my effing job,” the Rebel alum noted. “Because it was. And then … more light came in. And every day something or someone would come along to be a warm glow. I started to get my sense of humor back. I remembered that laughing was an option.”

Getting cast in her new “dream job” also helped Spencer cope as she connected with “the most wonderful” new colleagues and filmed on the same soundstage as the Mary Tyler Moore Show.

“I got to make people laugh then shower them with flowers. My two favorite things. I remembered that I love acting,” she concluded her Thursday post, noting that a summer trip with her besties and another with her son further contributed to her current state of happiness. “I started integrating in a way I never had before. And bit by bit I started to feel more at home in myself.”

Following Spencer’s impactful social media message, several of her celebrity friends praised her candor, including Mindy KalingTimeless costar Matt Lanter, Michelle Monaghan and Olivia Munn.

“I love you endlessly. I’m so moved and so inspired by you. I am so so proud of you. 💜💜💜💜💜💜,” Grey’s Anatomy showrunner Krista Vernoff replied.



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Deals and Steals! Shop the 21 Best Cyber Week Finds Under $35

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The most wonderful time of year is finally here — and we don’t just mean the holidays! Cyber Week is a dream come true for bargain hunters everywhere. While temperature are dropping outside, prices are dropping online. It really is a winter wonderland!

With all of the deals on Black Friday and beyond, it’s overwhelming to narrow down the options. So, we went through the sales and selected our 21 top picks under $35, from fashion to furnishings. Save up to 79% off on these everyday essentials from some of your favorite retailers! Score these marked-down must-haves as a treat for yourself or as a gift for a loved one. Happy shopping!

1. Sweet dreams! Get your best beauty sleep with this super soft microfiber sheet set — up to 79% off!

2. Eyes on the prize! This creamy avocado eye treatment from Kiehl’s has been a regular in my skincare routine for years — up to 50% off!

3. Made from organic cotton, this waffle-print Henley shirt from Everlane is our go-to top for winter weather — up to 50% off!

4. Built to take you from running errands to running cardio, this comfy Perform Legging from Everlane is a must-have for gals on the go — up to 50% off!

5. With over 2,000 reviews on Nordstrom, this popular plush throw blanket is a cozy crowd-pleaser — up to 31% off!

6. It’s in the bag! This top-rated tumbled leather clutch from Madewell features interior pockets for extra organization — up to 43% off!

7. Cut a rug with this vintage-inspired patterned rug! The subtle pop of color blends into any space — up to 53% off!

8. Mad for plaid! This set of two decorative pillow covers is perfect for the holidays — up to 27% off!

9. Effortlessly cool in an oversized fit, this crew tee from Everlane is a closet staple — up to 30% off!

10. These gold under-eye patches are truly worth their weight in gold! Infused with collagen, these eye masks will give your puffy eyes a pick-me-up — up to 17% off!

11. Treat yourself to some self-care with these aromatherapy Shower Steamers that provide major stress relief — up to 46% off!

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13. Get a good night’s sleep with these luxurious satin pillowcases! They’re the no. 1 bestseller in bed pillowcases on Amazon — up to 17% off!

14. The no. 1 bestseller in women’s down jackets and parkas on Amazon, this water-resistant hooded puffer coat will keep you warm and dry all winter — up to 45% off!

15. Lightweight and comfortable, this full-length waffle robe is wonderful for lounging around the house — up to 39% off!

16. Crafted with 100% cotton, this crewneck sweater is cozy and flattering — up to 45% off!

17. Reviewers rave that these terry cotton joggers are super soft and comfortable. Plus, they come with pockets — up to 45% off!

18. Sparkle and shine this holiday season with this cubic zirconia necklace that looks like a real diamond — up to 15% off!

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Looking for additional deals? Check out more picks below:

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Mariah Carey Loves Christmas, Spoiling Her Kids After ‘Messed-Up’ Childhood

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Not always a Christmas queen. While Mariah Carey’s name has become synonymous with the festive holiday, her childhood wasn’t regal.

“I know a lot of the time people are like, ‘Oh, yay! Look at her! She’s, like, so festive and such a Christmas girl,’ or whatever. But, really, Christmas makes me happy. People think I had this princess-style life or whatever, a kind of fairy-tale existence where I just emerged, like, ‘Here I am!’ And that is not what it is,” Carey, 52 told magazine in a profile published on Friday, November 25.

She continued: “But when you grow up with a messed-up life and then you’re able to have this transformation where you can make your life what you want it to be? That is joy for me. That’s why I want my kids to have everything they can have. I want them to be able to understand that they can be anything they want to be.”

The “Without You” songstress became a mother in April 2011, welcoming twins Monroe and Moroccan with ex-husband Nick Cannon. (The Masked Singer host, 42, is also father to 9 other kids and is currently expecting baby No. 12, his second with Alyssa Scott.) As Carey and Cannon continue to coparent their twins, the Grammy Award winner goes all out for the holiday season.

“I create my own Christmas moment. I mean, Santa Claus visits us. He comes with his reindeer. I am not exaggerating — this is the truth,” the New York native told W. “By the way, before my kids were born, I did all the same types of things. That’s just how it is with me and Santa and the reindeer.”

She added: “I love giving them gifts because the act of opening up a ton of presents is something I wasn’t able to do as a child.”

The Meaning of Mariah Carey author kicked off her 2022 festivities with a rendition of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 24. As Carey crooned her hit song, the 11-year-olds made surprise cameos as they popped out of present boxes to dance alongside their mama.

“Happy Thanksgiving!!!🍁,” the Christmas Princess author wrote via Instagram on Thursday, sharing footage from the NBC broadcast. “Grateful and so proud of my beautiful kids Roc and Roe, grateful for the lambily and for the precious moments in life. ❤️❤️❤️ Now it’s reaaaallly time!!! 🎄🎅🏼.”

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