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Chronic Pain and Illness Archives

As you begin to find answers to your questions after a diagnosis with a chronic illness, you and your doctor will be working on fine-tuning your condition and setting up an approach for treatment and follow-up. I discovered quickly that […]

Life with chronic illness tends to go through stages, and probably the most difficult one is when you first leave the doctor’s office with a diagnosis. Perhaps, at first, you feel a bit of relief. Finally, you might exclaim, there’s a […]

I learned yesterday that a friend died in October. I knew she was very ill. She had reached out to me for moral support, and I had visited her twice in the hospital only a few days prior to her […]

“It’ll take awhile to clear up.” “The time it takes for the med to begin to work varies, depending…” “You might have more pain for awhile before your symptoms subside…” “Rehab results might take a bit longer…” When I moved […]

Breast Cancer Awareness Month reminds me of a stinging experience I had a few years ago. I once approached someone who schedules a lecture series focused on coping with cancer about speaking in one of her programs. She explained that, […]

A few years ago, someone asked me if I was in constant, chronic pain. I replied, “I am always aware of it.” I think my response was a bit confusing to the person who asked, and he did look puzzled. […]

Already, I a amazed at the energy with which Pope Francis is moving through his arduous Visit. I watched much of the coverage from Cuba, and kept wondering, “How does he maintain his natural, loving, joy-filled smile? He has to […]

My much-used and appreciated tablet died yesterday. Or, at least, it seemed to die. One second, I was opening an app, the next, the screen went black, and I couldn’t get in or out of anything, tablet, app, or otherwise. […]

resisted the recent spate of “Christmas in July” store and on-line promotions, but there is no doubt that time is flying by and it will soon be holiday season. We each probably have more than one person on our holiday […]

The clouds in the sky. A flash of lightning. A baby’s giggle. A “common” cold. When you see or hear these things, do you disect them scientifically? Or, do you wonder? What are the things in your life that you […]