While enduring a pain filled night induced by the full moon of 2014, along with Bartonella and many other factors, I decided to do something different. Rather than worry about the fact that I must sleep in order to heal, I decided to use it as an opportunity. Either way, I was up with insomnia, … More Journey Through Pain: Distinguishing Between What Matters and What Doesn’t
In an effort to understand what it would be like to be the healthy partner in a relationship with a person with a chronic illness, I decided to step back one day and objectively look at the situation as best as I could. This is what I concluded, once viewing relationships where one person is … More Relationships & Illness: Exploring Our Partner’s Pain
The End of Suffering: How to Separate Pain From Suffering
It’s an unspoken truth, one known on a deep level by both those who are chronically ill and on both a deep and oftentimes surface and very obvious level by those who are not ill: People with chronic illnesses are not supposed to be happy. If they are, it means they want to be sick, … More Chronic Illness & Depression: It’s OK to be Happy When Chronically Ill (Although Society Often Says Otherwise)
I am not a Lyme person, or a person whose true biography entails an illness of any kind, and neither are you. We are all one thing, and one thing alone: consciousness. We all have one collective purpose, our destiny is all the same: evolution. Once one penetrates all surface rebuttals to this, it becomes clear it could never be … More Consciousness & Evolution: I am not merely someone with this or that illness, and neither are you.
Navigating your way through the haze of chronic Lyme disease is a feeling which words do not exist for. You cannot imagine it or describe it, only experience it. It’s as if you are navigating through MULTIPLE illnesses simultaneously –MS, A.L.S., depression, anxiety, A.D.H.D., schizophrenia, chronic fatigue syndrome, arthritis, fibromyalgia, Parkinson’s disease, Malaria, bipolar disorder … More Negative Emotions: What Do We Do with Them? How Do We Get through the Hours of Excruciating Pain and Darkness?
Regardless of how bizarre our rapidly changing dreams were growing up, one factor was most likely present in most: The visions of our futures most definitely did not include a life-changing illness, becoming debilitated at a time when our young peers are running marathons, being imprisoned during the years we somewhat ignorantly believed we were … More For the Young, Sick, and Brave
As someone who has lived with chronic muscle, joint, and nerve pain, I am constantly on the look out for any effective natural pain relievers. Over the counter pain killers not only cloud my head, but they fail to take away my pain. In fact, drugs such as Advil, Motrin, Aleve, and Excedrin only put … More Hops: Nature’s Friendly Painkiller
After the initial hurt of breaking up with a romantic partner, we have an almost instinctual tendency to remember all of the bad times about the relationship rather than the good ones. Oddly, on the other hand, when illness forces us to break up with the familiarity of our old lives, we have an almost … More Nostalgia’s Role in Chronic Illness
Tell me, who are you when all else fades away? Tell me, who are you when you receive the heart wrenching diagnosis that promises to dramatically change your life, if not end it all together? Are you the hopeless person who gives up and shrinks away in fear, or are you the one who rises … More Chronic Illness: Who Are You When All Else Fades Away?