Heat, Fibromyalgia, & Central Sensitivity Syndrome (or, why I can’t handle being hot!).

Hi!  So.. I try to keep the posts on my blog mostly cheerful.   I always want my blog to be a place that reflects a sense of hope and healing, where people can come to feel uplifted. But... I also blog to share my truth with people, and to connect. And the truth is that … Continue reading Heat, Fibromyalgia, & Central Sensitivity Syndrome (or, why I can’t handle being hot!).

Too much of a good thing: when people don’t really *get* pain science

I wanted to share a really important post with you all this morning, from the author of Chronically Undiagnosed. She's a therapist who is dealing with chronic illness.  Recently, she wrote about her experience attending a chronic pain support group that incorporated some of the theories of modern pain science... but did so very badly. … Continue reading Too much of a good thing: when people don’t really *get* pain science

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

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)

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 list … Continue reading Maybe my weaknesses aren’t weaknesses. Maybe they are strengths.

Learning about central sensitization: the power of naming, and the future of pain treatment

Whew. I have really enjoyed writing my more personal posts recently-- I love to tell a good story, and to feel as though my past experiences have some meaning.  (And I've really appreciated all your kind words, comments, and shares!). But also, wow-- some of those posts were very emotional for me.  Right now I’m … Continue reading Learning about central sensitization: the power of naming, and the future of pain treatment