Creative Writing, eating disorders, Inspiration, My Story

Things I’m grateful for: people who are brave enough to tell the stories I’m not

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8S8XcPt6Bo I've just discovered Rachael Steil's sharing of her story as an elite college runner with an eating disorder. And I've really been blown away, both by her bravery in telling her story, as well as her clear and honest explanations of what she and other people with ED's go through. I still haven't shared… Continue reading Things I’m grateful for: people who are brave enough to tell the stories I’m not

Central Sensitization, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Inspiration, Pain Science, Resources

Dr. Sean Mackey on a potential reason for chronic pain

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtc2JARVpPw Hi everyone! Here's an amazing lecture from Dr. Sean Mackey of Stanford University on the various potential causes of fibromyalgia. On my blog, I tend to focus on the factor that I know has played the largest role most directly in my own life-- central sensitization.  The idea that central nervous system can become… Continue reading Dr. Sean Mackey on a potential reason for chronic pain

Central Sensitization, Chronic Pain, Creative Writing, Healthcare, My Story, Nervous System, Pain Neurophysiology Education, Pain Science, Treatment Approaches

The doctor who *almost* helped me (How I developed central sensitization, Part 6)

Okay, so here’s the story of the time I thought I’d found the right person to help me, which of course, made it all the more disappointing when it didn’t turn out to be the case. In telling my story, I’m choosing to gloss over every little ache and pain I had; every time I… Continue reading The doctor who *almost* helped me (How I developed central sensitization, Part 6)

Creative Writing, My Story, Uncategorized, Women's Health

Seeing things clearly, without that added layer of judgement on top

I struggled with what to say on my blog this week, but I finally landed upon this idea as the thing that resonated with me at the current moment. Something I've been realizing, more and more every day, is how much time I've spent judging myself for the problems I've had.  Not actively trying to… Continue reading Seeing things clearly, without that added layer of judgement on top

Central Sensitization, Chronic Pain, Creative Writing, Inspiration, My Story, Quotes, Treatment Approaches

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've… Continue reading What’s in my chronic pain toolkit?