Someday Dedication

Someday Dedication (C. Luepkes, 2014) Seduced by the smell of coffee Guatemala, jazz, and the sound of rain falling in my cupped hand Someday more delicate than a thread You will eventually reach for me Behind the sun setting on Tower Bridge Someday, I’ll see that certain angel carried by the sun Riding like in…

Why the shame with chronic pain, anyway?

  On Shame The nature of chronic pain is a camouflaged illness. Chronic pain patients don’t look “sick” and; therefore, they encounter disbelief, suspicion, and stigma from others placing the burden of proof on the person experiencing pain. There is also a level of self-stigmatization that arises. As we become aware of the undesirable stereotypes…

Poem for my Former Self

Poem for my Former Self C. Luepkes (2014) There are these fragments of you in me Your passion, your kindness, and your beautiful dreams Three kinds of melody, I guess I remember those old lessons All of those stories Pregnant and continued Like a canvas stretched across everything Busy, alone, petrified, ecstatic The secrets and…

Reducing Chronic Pain Through Meditation

A great article came out last week in The Atlantic detailing the therapeutic effects of meditation.  The article, written by Brian Steiner, discusses one woman’s familiar journey with persistent pain and then delves deeper into how meditation alleviates chronic pain both physiologically and psychologically. Particularly, meditation alters the level of activation in the primary somatosensory…

Vulnerable Population: Chronic Pain and Combat Veterans

Since 2001, 2.6 million Americans have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan as a U.S. service member.  The Washington Post recently reported that more than 600,000 soldiers experience physical or mental health related disability resulting directly from combat with more than 51,000 being classified as “wounded in action.”  The report stressed that this classification only…

My Story: After the Accident

It struck me fast and cruelly. That afternoon, just hours before, I took a long drive on a hot May Carolinian day.  Listening to music, hanging my hand out the window and feeling the wind through my fingers, and laughing with my sister were all part of those hours before it happened. Then came the…

Today, I Was A Real Girl

Originally posted on Eating Disorders Grow Up:
Pics by Ella Today was one of those functional days. You know, the ones where you actually get stuff done. Maybe other people aren’t particularly proud of themselves for doing laundry or going to the grocery store or doing the dishes, but hot damn, I sure as hell…

For the Brightest Star that Tonight We Cannot See

For the Brightest Star that Tonight We Cannot See C. Luepkes (2014) For the brightest star that tonight we cannot see Blocked by the gentle clouds that will someday clear away Soon we’ll have autumn moons and still nights And you can shine like the Parisian lights Emerge from the night sky with comforted wings…

Taking on the English Channel with Fibromyalgia

In need of inspiration? Katie Pumphrey is conquering two monsters: chronic and widespread pain due to fibromyalgia and the sea. Fibromyalgia is a widespread pain disorder characterized by pain on both sides of the body and usually accompanied by sleep and mood disruption, as well as, headaches and abdominal pain. There currently is no known cause…

Rabbit-Hole

Rabbit-Hole C. Luepkes, 2014 I started a camp-fire down the rabbit-hole yesterday And I fanned it with my molting spring feathers My body looked leaner in the flames shadow I sure wish you could have been there It would be a tight fit You and I down this rabbit-hole But the company would have been…

Handling the Emotional Fallout from Chronic Pain

It’s not just in our heads nor is it purely physical. “Imagine knowing that when you get up in the morning the pain is still going to be there, and if you get out of bed it’s going to get worse. Pain is depressing, and when you’re told to learn to live with it, it…

Hope is Hanging on the Foot of the Moon Tonight

Hope is Hanging on the Foot of the Moon Tonight C. Luepkes, 2014 My hope is hanging on the foot of the moon tonight Isn’t it beautiful? There it is dangling The substance of dreams Of mind and spirit And what happens in between You know, there is also some sweetness A work in progress…