Why Pain Can be an Easy Symptom of Chronic Illness

If there is one thing I have learned in my seven years of being sick with Fibromyalgia and Myalgic Encephalomyelitis it is that it is all encompassing. There are no aspects of my body or my life left untouched. I recently wrote a post about why I’m grateful I got sick and that always stands […]

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Today is National Rescue Dog Day!!

Today, May 20th, is National Rescue Dog Day!! So no matter how lousy I’m feeling, I needed to post in recognition and appreciation for the two dogs who adopted us. After falling ill, we finally had the right home situation to adopt and in 2013, we brought home our Australian Shepard mix, Lola. Three years […]

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Fibro is SO Much More Than Pain

May is, coincidentally, awareness month for Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and mental health. Or maybe it isn’t coincidental at all. Anyone who lives with chronic illness & pain, Fibro or CFS is very likely all too familiar with how disease affects one’s mental health. It produces a myriad of thoughts and emotions that are […]

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The Two Dogs That Saved Our Marriage.

I wanted to share this picture. My Husband and I have been together coming up on 14 years. Last year, we had one hell of a time. Sometimes, life can just drown you and it feels impossible to get your feet under you. For the first time ever, as we cried, we discussed divorce. That’s […]

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The Irrational Thoughts That Accompany a Migraine

I woke up at 4am with a brain crushing migraine. Third migraine this week. I stumbled for a cold cloth to try that. I laid back down, profusely sweating. Two minutes later, I realized that it was taking hold. I should have known better when I went to bed with a headache; having a headache […]

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We Are So Much More Than “Just” Sick

I sit, teary eyed, reading all of your comments and emails every day. They break my heart and resonate like a loud bell with me and my own struggles. I could be writing these myself. I hear from women (no men just yet) who feel inadequate, stupid, guilty and broken, some on the verge of […]

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Can a Therapist Actually Improve Life with Chronic Illness?

I recently wrote about some staggering statistics of living with Chronic Illness, specifically, Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. One of the most resounding facts of all? Fibro suffererers are TEN TIMES more likely to commit suicide than those in the general population. And this does not include those already struggling with an underlying Mental Health […]

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