Creative Writing, Inspiration, mindfulness, My Story

Reasons why I write

Every once in a while, I freak out.  Why in the world am I putting all this personal stuff about my life online? I woke up this morning feeling like I needed to update my blogging “Mission Statement.”  I wasn’t sure if I was going to share it or not, but now I feel like… Continue reading Reasons why I write

My Story, Women's Health

An Update on Life with One Ovary

One of the topics readers most frequently contact me about is the time I had to have emergency surgery to remove my right ovary. In case you aren’t familiar with the story, I had had abdominal pain throughout most of my twenties.  Doctors had told me it was nothing to worry about-- just digestive issues.… Continue reading An Update on Life with One Ovary

Sacroiliac Joint, Women's Health

Powerful female hormones, injuries, and pain

Something I've really come to notice during my time with SI joint issues is the effect of my hormonal cycle on my ligaments. I saw a female pain specialist once who put it very plainly: I have extremely healthy women come into my office-- women who are runners, women who are training for marathons-- and sometimes it… Continue reading Powerful female hormones, injuries, and pain

Central Sensitization, Chronic Pain, Pain Science, Quotes, Resources

Christopher deCharms: A look inside the brain in real time

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdFJOcaVDYU 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… Continue reading Christopher deCharms: A look inside the brain in real time

Central Sensitization, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Nervous System, Pain Science

Central Sensitivity Syndromes

A really important concept for anyone struggling with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, or other chronic health conditions is the idea of "central sensitivity syndromes" (CSS for short). The term refers to any kind of condition that can be caused by a change in the way the nervous system processes pain (a process known as central sensitization).… Continue reading Central Sensitivity Syndromes