Tag Archives: Conditions and Diseases

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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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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The Wall

To people who suffer chronic pain “The Wall” is just as real as the Great Wall of China and sometimes just as daunting.  Those who suffer chronic pain work very hard to live a normal life, they are experts at … 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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It’s a lie! You aren’t Addicted.

The media, our friends, our family, even our doctors tell us that long term use of opioid pain killers causes addiction.  I bet there isn’t a single person with chronic pain who hasn’t been treated like some twitchy drug-seeking addict … Continue reading

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