Monthly Archives: September 2013

“But You Look Great” The Challenges of Invisible Illness

An excellent definition of invisible illness comes from Social Work Today online, the November-December 2007 issue: “The term invisible illness refers to any medical condition that is not outwardly visible to others, even health care professionals. Invisible illnesses encompass a … Continue reading

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5 Tricks to Successfully Navigate Scotland’s Pub Culture

Let’s face it, we all know that when visiting Scotland one of the best ways to meet the people and experience the culture is to visit a pub. However, what is less known is that there are some basic cultural … Continue reading

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A Night out through My Eyes

My life took a drastic turn when I got sick.  My body went from a brilliant tool I used to navigate the world to a prison.  This has completely altered how I view and respond to people around me, and … Continue reading

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High School Reunion Nightmare!

The High School Reunion Nightmare   So my pain specialist was concerned about nerve damage from all of my back problems.  Accordingly he ordered an EMG, which stands for Electromyography.  It is a test that evaluates and records the electrical … Continue reading

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Building a Better Idiot

Late last night my Mom and I somehow got sucked into a TV show on the weather channel, of all things, about Mother Nature’s awesome powers and the places crushed and people almost killed when she experiences her little mood … Continue reading

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6 Things about Chronic Pain You Didn’t Know You Knew

Chronic pain isn’t just constant pain, though that would be more than enough for anyone to handle, the truth is chronic pain always brings friends. These added challenges are obvious, but rarely taken into consideration by “healthy” people.  Remembering that … Continue reading

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My Own Personal Daemon…the Good Kind

The movie the Golden Compass came out in 2007 and right after the movie I turned to my friends and excitedly declared, “I want a daemon!”  If you haven’t seen the movie you probably think I’m nuts, but in the … Continue reading

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