Yesterday I was trying to drive home in rush hour traffic, along a route I wasn't familiar with, and I ended up taking one wrong turn after another. For those that know Boston, I was trying to get on Storrow Drive West, but somehow ended up going up Route 1 North, over the Tobin Bridge. … Continue reading The push & pull of when to keep going, and when to rest
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
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
I saw a comment on Twitter today which really broke my heart, so I wanted to write this and make it clear: If you are experiencing pain hypersensitivity (through central sensitization), there is every reason to hope. If your nervous system has changed one way, it is possible to change it back. It won't be … Continue reading There is reason to hope.
It's so interesting for me to go back to San Francisco. As you may remember, I spent a few weeks in SF back in June, following a good friend's wedding in Napa Valley. I actually just wrapped up another trip out there. I spent most of September in SF, staying with a friend and trying … Continue reading San Francisco, Revisited
I've been away from my blog for the past month, and I have so much to tell you all. I took what was supposed to be a five-day trip to a wedding in California, and turned it into an amazing, impromptu two and a half week stay. To be honest, I was really scared to … Continue reading Newfound possibility
I'm one of those people who is spiritual, not religious. But I love holidays because of how everything slows down, and people come out of their shells. In Boston, on a weekday... you better not dare to take an extra two seconds to make your turn, because you'll definitely get honked at by at least … Continue reading Graceful.
One of the things I really admire about Neil Pearson's approach to chronic pain treatment is his optimism about our ability to re-train our nervous systems, once they've become sensitized to pain. Chronic pain is obviously not a cheerful topic. Those of us who've struggled with it know what it's like to come home from … Continue reading Neil Pearson: Blending Optimism and Scientific Evidence
What I love about winter is how everyday scenes can become beautiful, under different conditions. Here are some photos I took off of my porch after last week's storm. It snowed all day, and then stopped right before sunset. I have lived here for almost a year, and I had never seen these colors. I … Continue reading Crystallized
It’s been a few years now since I first began to understand my pain problem-- three, to be specific. Since then, I feel like I’ve made a lot of progress in terms of how I view pain and my nervous system, and how much trust I have in my body. Finally, I was able to … Continue reading What’s going on with me right now