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…

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…

For Today, A Lot Like Tomorrow

For Today, A Lot Like Tomorrow (C. Luepkes, 2014) 3 blocks away I can hear the brakes of the train Dragging, heaving, and pulling into the station Like excited dogs tugging back on their leash On the first warm day of spring For today, a lot like tomorrow I am those brakes A rambling rhythm…

The Possibilities of Vulnerability

I was going to write about chronic pain and poverty but something else has been nagging at me as of late. I’ve been thinking a lot about vulnerability and how it relates to chronic sickness and pain.  I have an injury that has caused a great deal of instability to my spine.  It is also…