Tag Archives: 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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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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Which Life is Better?

I just read an article about a boy who was diagnosed with juvenile idiopathic arthritis at 13 months.  Yes, months.  This is, of course, after they did test after test, hospital stays, and waited 6 months to see a rheumatologist. … 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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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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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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