6 every day things that are a big deal when you live with chronic pain

6 things that are a big deal when you have chronic pain

In last week’s post I threw in a line that I didn’t think too much of at the time. And you, your life depends on how bad the weather is that day, or how long it takes you to recover from standing in line at the DMV, or whether or not the doctor screwed up your […]

when your chronic illness leaves you feeling alone

When your chronic illness leaves you feeling alone

There’s a moment when it hits you, that because of your illness you’ve been forgotten. You’ve tried to stay around, to not disappear every time your pain level spikes, to help out other people even when you’re hurting, but it wasn’t good enough. You did everything to pretend that you were well so that you […]

5 things not to say to someone with chronic illness

5 things not to say to people with chronic illness

When you have a chronic illness you tend to get the same reactions from people over and over again. As much as you try to remember that most people have good intentions being regularly put into a position where you have to defend your illness is exasperating. Here are some suggestions for what not to say […]

how to support someone with chronic illness

How to support someone with chronic illness

Recently an acquaintance of mine who has suffered for years from unexplained illness was finally diagnosed.  It’s hard to explain to someone who has never suffered from an unexplained illness, but the diagnosis was actually a happy occasion and yet he chose to keep silent. He did not tell most of his other acquaintances or […]

how-i-fake-my-fibromyalgia-symptoms

How I fake my Fibromyalgia symptoms

When I’m faking my favorite thing to do is to pretend that I’m exhausted. It can be somewhat taxing to always look like I’ve got an endless version of the flu, but if I apply myself I can really pull it off. When I can’t get up off the couch because of my “exhaustion” I’m […]