Category Archives: family

Let’s Talk About Friendship

When I first got sick I received a hard and fast lesson on the people in my life who were actually fair weather friends.  My vast and varied social life quickly dwindled down to a small handful of people that … Continue reading

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Why Should I be Grateful?

Most days this is an impossible question to answer.  Not just for someone like me.  We all have our struggles and it’s hard to find that proverbial silver lining.  Especially when we are bombarded from every angle by news of … Continue reading

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The Oxygen Mask Rule

You know that really long boring safety speech we all pretty much ignore before we take off for any flight?  Remember how they always say to always put your oxygen mask on first before helping anyone else? The reason is … Continue reading

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23 Tip For Men on Supporting a Partner with Chronic Pain

I know I have been posting other people’s writing lately. Don’t worry, I haven’t given up writing. The truth is that right now my doctors are futzing with my anti seizure and pain meds and to function successfully both mentally … Continue reading

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How Chronic Pain and Illness Fan the Flames of Uncertainty

Turning Straw Into Gold Life through a Buddhist lens by Toni Bernhard, J.D. How Chronic Pain and Illness Fan the Flames of Uncertainty Six ways uncertainty is heightened for the chronically ill Published on April 1, 2014 by Toni Bernhard, J.D. in Turning … Continue reading

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Who Are You?

“Who are you?” asked the most likely stoned caterpillar of Alice in Wonderland.  She gave her name, but that wasn’t what he meant so he asked again.  Faced with the same question, talking caterpillar or not, we all have to … Continue reading

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The Hidden Cost of Chronic Pain

Chronic pain turned my life upside down and inside out.  I had to give up my rock climbing, skydiving, and white water rafting.  I cried as I signed the paper work to sell my motorcycle.  Seeing anyone dancing is a … Continue reading

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