Tag Archives: Back pain

I Just Had My Disability Hearing and I’m Sending Them All My Future Therapy Bills

When I was healthy people who were supposed to help me when I was sick pretty much did.  If I came down with something I just called the doctor, got an appointment, they asked questions, checked me out, probably prescribed … Continue reading

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No One Talks About the Fear

The other day was a stunningly beautiful sunny day with a light breeze.  Exactly what you imagine when you think of the perfect day to be outside doing, well, anything.  I, however, sat looking out the window from my physical … Continue reading

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Lost in Grief

For the majority of people coping with chronic pain or illness it came on suddenly while we were innocently living normal lives.  Whether we were nine or fifty years old chronic pain brought about devastating changes in the life we … 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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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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Suicide is Not About You

Warning: This is a candid piece about a difficult subject.  Please understand I am not advocating suicide nor is this a cry for help.  I’m encouraging understanding and compassion. The chronically ill suffer from severe depression, grief, loss, and a … Continue reading

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Where is My Diagnosis?!?

Sometimes I wish I had cancer because even if you look “healthy” people understand that your body is quite ill.  There is an understanding in society regarding cancer and it garners much more understanding and compassion.  In reality, I’m sure … Continue reading

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