Things never to say to someone with chronic illness or chronic pain Aren't you Glad it isn't Worse?I mean, at least it's not... cancer.It isn't like your liver fell out.Not like your kidney's exploded or anything.I mean, aren't you grateful that it isn't spleen implosion?I can see why you think you have it bad but … Continue reading Chronic illness: Aren’t you glad it isn’t worse?
The thing about chronic illness is that it is unpredictable. We can go from managing, coping, and modestly function to... not. And after these rough bouts, for me, which always causes financial instability and leaves from work and seeking treatments. Well, you are constantly starting over. Constantly remaking yourself. The eternal return of the same. … Continue reading Reflection: eternal return of the same
A Chronic Voice’s prompts for March: Failing Succeeding Pausing Deciding Thriving The idea is to pick 3 or more and link-up with other bloggers. Failing I am sick to death of failing. It happens because for many reasons I go to work again and I exceed my limits every day and the pain gets worse … Continue reading A Chronic Voice: Prompts for March
A New Psychological Treatment for Chronic Pain Newer psychological approaches such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) are guided by the premise that we cannot change the pain we’re left with, so let’s change our response to that pain. ACT was outlined in a 2014 article in the journal American Psychologist. ACT differs notably from … Continue reading Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
So there is a common metaphor with chronic pain and that is we are 'fighters' fighting a battle or war, that never comes with victory just small bits of round covered in the war, and then falling back. I don't mind this metaphor because sometimes it feels like a am battling the day and dragging … Continue reading Chronic illness: The battle. The quest.
So winter here in Canada (aside from Vancouver, those lucky bastards!) and other places can endure a long time. Chronic pain tends to be worse in winter. Isolation tends to be worse in winter, especially when pain is a factor. It is cold out and that can aggravate pain, especially things like temperature-sensitive nerve damage … Continue reading What to do about the winter blahs