Tag Archives: Chronic pain

Why People with Chronic Illness Rarely Take Your Advice Well

People with a chronic illness live with their illness like Olympic athletes live and breathe their events day in and day out.  Except for one major detail, we didn’t choose to be chronically ill and we don’t love it.  We … Continue reading

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Taking Back My Life, One Country at a Time

I did it!  I went to Scotland for two weeks, not only survived, but also had a good time.  Of course, it was different from traveling when I was healthy, but it was a giant triumph.  Traveling is one of … 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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Control over our lives? We have no control. Or do we?

It’s been a really rough couple of months and while I have sure spent my fair share of time wallowing, I’ve also managed a thought or two.  I’ve come to the conclusion that when you are chronically ill or in … Continue reading

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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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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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What does it mean to live?

Now I’m not asking what it means to be alive.  Then we would get into arguments about plants, fetuses, the whole Terry Schiavo thing, and even the argument about the potential for life being enough.  This discussion is going to … Continue reading

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