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

Phenomenology of pain

This is something I wrote Way back in the day. I thought I would share it. It is a philosophical look at the pain experience. Drew Leder in "The Absent Body" (1990) has some interesting insight to the lived experience of pain. According to Leder, normally the body is experienced as an absence, in a … Continue reading Phenomenology of pain

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 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 normal. … Continue reading Chronic illness: Mood, happiness, and life satisfaction