In Sickness and in Health- Marriage and Chronic Illness

No one signs up for chronic pain, (at least I wouldn't think anyone would). Nevertheless chronic pain showed up in my life nearly 14 years ago. It showed up and has impacted every area of my life including my marriage. At the altar on the day of the wedding most couples repeat the vows "in sickness and in health". A promise to be there for each other no matter the circumstances, but [...]

By | 2017-06-19T22:54:53+00:00 April 10th, 2017|Chronic Pain|0 Comments

Dear Jen- Perseverance- Pep Talk Needed

Dear Jen, I know what you're thinking. Well, of course I do because I'm you. You're thinking that life is too hard, that the pain is too much and that you feel beaten down by this flare. You're running out of steam, out of motivation and out of  - for lack of a better work "zest". We've been here many times before. And we give in to those feelings. We [...]

By | 2017-06-19T23:06:19+00:00 April 9th, 2017|Chronic Pain|0 Comments

Disappointing Doctor’s Visit

I think we've all been there. Even those without a chronic illness. We've all had at least one-(I've had many) A disappointing doctor's visit. I'm always a bundle of nerves when it comes to going to the doctor. You'd think that with all the experience I've had with them I'd be cool as a cucumber. But starting the day before I see one I am already fretting. I always prepare. [...]

By | 2017-06-19T23:30:55+00:00 March 29th, 2017|Chronic Pain, Self-care|0 Comments

Parenting in Pain

My son was three when the pain started. I'd always been an actively involved parent. I took pride in my parenting. Sitting on the floor playing games with him, reading stories with him on my lap. Going for walks, taking him to Gymboree classes.  And suddenly that needed to stop. I could barely walk and I was in agony most of the time. I went through a barrage of doctors all [...]

By | 2017-06-19T23:43:00+00:00 March 27th, 2017|Chronic Pain|0 Comments

Out and About

Dear Future Jen We're out and about today. Doing one of our favourite things. Meeting a friend for coffee. It takes so much courage to walk out the front door, even when I'm going to see someone I care a lot about.  If there is one thing I'm learning it's that anxiety doesn't make any sense at all. And I can't seem to control it. It's always there, ever persistent, [...]

By | 2017-06-19T23:53:14+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Chronic Pain|0 Comments

The Opiate Epidemic -Give me a break

There are blogs out there that could probably do a better job of writing this post. I don't have data or statistics handy. I'm not going to reference news articles or library databases. There won't be footnotes or end notes. It's just going to be me folks. So here goes- I use opiates. Every single day. Twice a day actually. I use Oxycodone Controlled Release to be precise. 10 mg [...]

By | 2017-06-20T00:39:07+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Chronic Pain|0 Comments

Supplements, Chronic Pain and Fibromyalgia

*DISCLAIMER*-The supplements discussed in this post were recommended to me by a medical professional who knows my individual medical history and current medications. This post is not meant to replace any advice given to you by your doctor* I have mixed feelings about taking supplements. I mean it must be a billion dollar industry. There are literally supplements for everything from increasing the shine of your hair to increasing your [...]

By | 2017-06-20T00:43:53+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia|0 Comments

Kinesiophobia- The Fear of Movement

Kinesiophobia is defined as "the fear of moving. In the world of physiotherapy, it is a well documented disorder where a person believes that movement can cause more injury and pain." (http://www.professionalptandtraining.com/general-health-information/what-is-kinesiophobia/) I have kinesiophobia. After years of chronic pain, and inflammation, I've developed a really intense fear of movement. I can walk for a short duration but anything more and I'm terrified of injury. I fear it will lead [...]

By | 2017-06-21T15:23:32+00:00 November 8th, 2016|Chronic Pain|0 Comments

Pain Exhibit-A Chronic Pain Gallery

I stumbled across the Pain Exhibit website one day while doing a search for organizations that help those with chronic pain. The Pain Exhibit "is an online educational, visual arts exhibit from artists with chronic pain with their art expressing some facet of the pain experience. The mission is to educate healthcare providers and the public about chronic pain through art, and to give voice to the many who suffer [...]

By | 2017-06-22T21:49:39+00:00 October 12th, 2016|Chronic Pain|0 Comments

Is There Such A Thing As A Therapy Cat?

Is there such a thing as a therapy cat? I'd like to think so.  I'd like to introduce you to Fiona. The latest addition to our family and my newest sidekick. She's 12 weeks old, adorable, and of course a bit of a handful.    We thought long and hard about adding a pet to our family. It was hard losing our dog Blue last year. I still miss him [...]

By | 2017-06-22T22:40:00+00:00 August 28th, 2016|Chronic Pain|0 Comments