pain is a construct of the brain

Perspective is everything

 Migraine awareness Day 16 Perspective is everything video The first interesting point in this video is when he points out that to some extent it is the perception of control over our lives that gives us a level of happiness. His example being rather apt, of the two dogs: both in rooms with electric shock … Continue reading Perspective is everything

Chronic illness: identity and embodiment

Read this selection first. It is interesting. Embodiment: Mooring disability identity Embodiment is the principle of rooting one’s identity in the reality of one’s body. Feminists point out that cultural practice interprets embodiment; for instance, in many societies women’s bodies have functioned as objects that are possessed and controlled by men. Similarly, people with disabilities … Continue reading Chronic illness: identity and embodiment

“It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.”

“It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.” —  Philip K. Dick, VALIS I think it is hard to understand 'normal' when you have chronic pain. I think your perspective on reality changes too much to fit into the realm of normal quite so well. Which is fine, normal people don't fit … Continue reading “It is sometimes an appropriate response to reality to go insane.”

In the land of pain… everybody will get used to it but me

“One of the hardest things about being chronically ill is that most people find what you’re going through incomprehensible—if they believe you are going through it. In your loneliness, your preoccupation with an enduring new reality, you want to be understood in a way that you can’t be. “Pain is always new to the sufferer, … Continue reading In the land of pain… everybody will get used to it but me

pain is a construct of the brain

Illness belief structures and invisible illness

I remember when I was younger and had Fibromyalgia and episodic migraines I thought very differently about my illness than I do now. I remember taking my first Philosophy class and being introduced to Rene Descartes the famous dualist where the mind is separate from the body. You have a mental substance and a physical … Continue reading Illness belief structures and invisible illness