Chronic illness: Aren’t you glad it isn’t worse?

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?

Reflection: eternal return of the same

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

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

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)