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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

The Love Blog! The Therapeutic Qualities of Love?

Much has been written and studied about the positive benefits of love. Specifically, the act and expression of love stimulates the limbic region of the brain responsible for emotion, attention, and motivation, the autonomic nervous system which serves in stress reduction, and positive hormonal stimulation such as oxytocin which aids in social bonding.  On the…