One foot in the real world…

“There is a certain pain that comes from trying to suppress your dreams. If you block it out for long enough, it will grow until you can’t ignore it anymore.”—Sunlight In Winter from “One Foot In The Real World” I’ve been away from my writing and, in reality, a part of myself for a while…

Exhibiting Pain Home

A fellow chronic pain blogger, member of our community, and PhD candidate has created a research project entitled “Exhibiting Pain” and would appreciate your participation. “Exhibiting Pain” is a research project designed to analyze how creativity can help to communicate the affects of living with long-term physical pain. The exhibition includes art, textiles, and poetry and its aim…

Article Exploring Pregnancy and Fibromyalgia Pain

An article entitled “Coping With Fibromyalgia During Pregnancy” recently published in US News and World Report Health provides greater insight into what fibromyalgia patients experience during pregnancy. According to the article, the condition, characterized by widespread pain, tender points on the body, extreme fatigue, memory and concentration problems, headaches, and temperature and touch sensitivity, effects…

A Returning

I have been away. I have often thought of how to begin this blog again after a long hiatus and then more time would pass and there it stood waiting for me to speak, write, and reach out. The reason for my silence is the same reason for beginning this blog. Living with chronic illness…

Is It Finally Time To Take Endometriosis Seriously?

Is It Finally Time To Take Endometriosis Seriously? Ten years ago, I sat in my primary care physician’s office and I listened to her as she told me that the symptoms commonly associated with endometriosis were actually a result of depression. “If you take a little Prozac this would all go away.” She explained with…

“Pain In Focus”: A New Photography Project By Fellow Blogger

A fellow blogger who writes about her personal struggles with chronic pain and provides links to resources for those who struggle with the disease is beginning a new creative project.  As a photographer, she has channeled her private battle with the disease of chronic pain into art and is now planning to embark on a…

The Grand Staircase

As some of you may know, I am also an artist working with mediums such as acrylic, oil, gouache, tempera, oil and soft pastels, bronze and gold leaf, collage, paper, charcoal, and ink.  Most of my paintings involve repeating images, bursts of colors, and dream-like images resembling woven tapestries.  This is the first painting that…

My Body is a Full-Time Job

If you live with a chronic illness, you may have noticed that you work several jobs. Perhaps, you work full-time or part-time which is your first job. If you are a student, than classes and time spent studying is your second professional obligation. Your third occupation involves family, chores, and necessary errands. However, with chronic…

Blame it on My Body: Chronic Pain and Feelings of Failure

Everyday acceptance of chronic pain necessitates that we reflect our attention away from pain to the non-pain facets of life. We go to work, go to school, take care of children, and have social lives. But what happens when we miss our deadlines or maybe an exam? Maybe we have to rely more on our…

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…