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Mindful Mondays: Learning to Pause with Chronic Illness & Pain

Mindful Mondays: Learning to Pause with Chronic Illness & Pain The past two weeks have been really difficult for me.  Not only is the insurance situation that I am in one of the most difficult but I am also in pain, which just adds more weight. to the urgency of the issue.  So now I… Continue reading Mindful Mondays: Learning to Pause with Chronic Illness & Pain

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Physical Therapy & Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): a guide for success

Physical Therapy & Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): a guide for success I have wanted to write about this topic for a while.  This summer I found myself back in a wheelchair for the 2nd time in my life and this time, my CRPS flare had gotten so bad that I was out of work… Continue reading Physical Therapy & Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS): a guide for success

Coping Tools · CRPS/RSD · Dealing with Pain · Mindful Mondays

Mindful Mondays: Learning Acceptance in Chronic Pain

Mindful Monday: Learning Acceptance in Chronic Pain Lately I have been listening and reading a lot about acceptance. I’ve been trying to relate it to my diagnosis and the chronic pain that I experience everyday.  This weekend I dove a little deeper into the topic of acceptance, as I just couldn’t wrap my head around… Continue reading Mindful Mondays: Learning Acceptance in Chronic Pain

Coping Tools · Mindful Mondays

Mindful Mondays: My 7 Favorite Mindfulness Quotes

Mindful Mondays: My 7 Favorite Mindfulness Quotes I don’t know about you, but I love a good quote.  For me writing is magic and words come together to create a new reality.  A good quote can sometimes make the impossible happen. We see them EVERYWHERE!  They are on clothing, on the bumpers of cars, marketing… Continue reading Mindful Mondays: My 7 Favorite Mindfulness Quotes

Chronic Illness · Coping Tools · CRPS/RSD · Dealing with Pain · Writings

I Am A Bad Patient

I Am A Bad Patient. The Fear of Advocating I am 36 years old. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker. An advocate. A friend who loves laughter. A writer. A traveler. An animal lover. A sister. A daughter. A fierce woman. An Educator. I am also a patient with chronic excruciating pain. I live with a… Continue reading I Am A Bad Patient

Chronic Illness · Coping Tools · Mindful Mondays

Mindful Mondays: The Painful Beauty of Impermanence

Mindful Mondays: The Painful Beauty of Impermanence The scariest thing about living with a progressive neurological disease isn’t the pain that I am in today.  It is the pain that I fear I will be in tomorrow or the next day.  Worrying about the future goes hand and hand with chronic illness.  Will I be well… Continue reading Mindful Mondays: The Painful Beauty of Impermanence

Mental Health · Mindful Mondays

Mindful Mondays: Grounding Your Anxiety (the 5-4-3-2-1 technique)

Mindful Mondays: Grounding Your Anxiety with 5-4-3-2-1 technique Having a panic attack is one of the worst feelings in the world. Feeling that all the air has been sucked out of the room, your head begins to spin, your vision blurs, your palms become sweaty and the hair on the back of your neck stands… Continue reading Mindful Mondays: Grounding Your Anxiety (the 5-4-3-2-1 technique)