The story of my wrist, and the pot of boiling water (Finally, my own pain science metaphor!).

Using metaphors to explain how pain works One of the original reasons I started this blog was to get the word out about the various pain scientists and educators whose work has touched my life (including, but not limited to, Neil Pearson and Lorimer Moseley). From them, I’ve learned that pain isn’t here to makeContinue reading “The story of my wrist, and the pot of boiling water (Finally, my own pain science metaphor!).”

What’s in my chronic pain toolkit?

As I try to get braver about sharing this blog with the people in my everyday life (it’s been relatively secret up until now), I want to be sure I’m clear about the fact that there are absolutely still days when I’m in pain. The purpose of my blog is not to tell you I’veContinue reading “What’s in my chronic pain toolkit?”

Maybe my weaknesses aren’t weaknesses. Maybe they are strengths.

When I first started this blog back in 2012, I kept it largely a secret from the people in my life. I wanted to help people struggling with the same things I’d been through, but I was afraid of the consequences of putting so much personal information online. After all, wasn’t putting a long listContinue reading “Maybe my weaknesses aren’t weaknesses. Maybe they are strengths.”

Christopher deCharms: A look inside the brain in real time

I’ve been writing about some heavy stuff recently, so I thought it would be a good time to share something that makes me feel really hopeful: Christopher deCharms is a neuroscientist and entrepreneur who, along with other prominent researchers such as Dr. Sean Mackey, is paving the way towards using brain imaging to study andContinue reading “Christopher deCharms: A look inside the brain in real time”

The things I don’t have easy answers for

My friend C. once wrote that vulnerability does not always have to mean a state of weakness: In order to function in my everyday life, I have to be vulnerable and explain why my body “doesn’t show up” when it needs to and that sometimes exposes me to feelings of powerlessness. At the same time, it exposesContinue reading “The things I don’t have easy answers for”