Chronic illness: It sure has a lot of personality

I am extremely introspective and there is not a personality test out there I have not explored- just to see what it can reveal about who I am compared to my reflection of myself. Of course, I am the one doing the test so one has to expect that isn't perfect. I can tell you … Continue reading Chronic illness: It sure has a lot of personality

Our Chronic Pain Story: The Plot Part I

I have written on this subject before because it is something I have been pondering for some time as a metaphor to delve into how I think about pain. A metaphor that works for me because I am a writer. See: The pain story and The story we tell ourselves Now a story has a … Continue reading Our Chronic Pain Story: The Plot Part I

Chronic illness: Mood, happiness, and life satisfaction

What I don't like is this 'pursuit of happiness' as an ultimate life goal. It is flawed in design. It is like a utopia... it doesn't exist. You will never find it and the quest will make you dissatisfied and miserable. And yet, it is something in our culture we seem to think is perfectly … Continue reading Chronic illness: Mood, happiness, and life satisfaction

Chronic illness: Resiliency

How do you bounce back from downturns or chaos? Do you bounce back easily? Or do you have difficulty with it? Some minor stresses we can just bounce back from quite well but with chronic illness, we have a lot of stresses, mental, emotional, and physical. Our health ebbs and flows and there are some … Continue reading Chronic illness: Resiliency