the side effects of chronic pain no one talks about

The side effects of chronic pain no one talks about

Because of the recent hysteria about the “opioid epidemic” there have been some discussions by doctors and the CDC about how patients in chronic pain should get over their pain by using “nonpharmacologic therapy” such as massage, physical therapy, etc. Unfortunately their suggestions don’t take into account  the cost of such therapy, most of which […]

how chronic illness makes you awesome

How chronic illness makes you awesome

No one who knows me in real life would every call me an optimist. I consider myself a realist which means if something is positive, yay! However, I’m not going to pretend something is awesome when it’s not. Which is why I tend to shy away from “my illness is totally empowering” “my life is […]

i'm not faking being sick, i'm faking being well

I’m not faking being sick, I’m faking being well

I got the strangest compliment the other day. I was told that I am a professional organizer when it comes to my illness. It was pointed out to me that I put a lot of mental effort into making my illness look like it’s no big deal, and most people, even my husband who I live […]

when you feel inadequate

When you feel inadequate as a parent with chronic illness

“Mom, can I have a play date?” The first thing my daughter says to me when she walks in the door from school. What I really want to say is: Hell no, it’s hard enough dealing with my own kids but dealing with someone else’s is its own special brand of hell.  What I actually […]

5 tips for finding motivation

5 tips for finding motivation, even with chronic illness

It’s one of those high pain, low energy days and you just can’t motivate yourself to do much of anything. You feel the weight of your illness crashing down on you and you just want to hide from everything and everyone, so what do you do? If you’re like me sometimes you let the weight […]