Graceful.

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 … More Graceful.

Neil Pearson: Blending Optimism and Scientific Evidence

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 … More Neil Pearson: Blending Optimism and Scientific Evidence

Crystallized

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 … More Crystallized

Introducing the Sunlight in Winter Youtube Channel

Ever have one of those days where you want to keep working/thinking/being productive, but your body just wants you to lie down with a heating pad? That, unfortunately, has been happening to me quite a bit recently.   I’ve been wanting to sit at my computer and either study or work on my blog, but my … More Introducing the Sunlight in Winter Youtube Channel

How a physical therapist helped me through my lowest point: Part Four

This is the fourth part in a series about an amazing new approach to physical therapy for chronic pain patients.  To start from the beginning, check out Part One, Two, and Three. For the first few visits, all Tim and I did was talk.  He didn’t have me in the gym doing exercises like all … More How a physical therapist helped me through my lowest point: Part Four

The Benefits of Acute Stress for People in Pain

This was a really thought-provoking article from Neil Pearson on balancing acute versus chronic stress in the body.  While chronic stress is harmful on the body, acute stress actually has a lot of benefits.  Pearson explains, “If you want to make a muscle stronger, use it more. If you want to grow more tolerant of … More The Benefits of Acute Stress for People in Pain

The Camping Trip

One of my best memories from last summer is the camping trip I decided to go on at the last minute over Labor Day weekend. I’ve had to turn down a lot of invitations over the years.  My friends have invited me countless times to go camping, hiking, and skiing, and most of the time … More The Camping Trip

A little optimism

It’s been almost two weeks since my surgery, and I am finally starting to feel like myself again.  It’s actually amazing how normal I feel. When I first got home from the hospital, I felt as though I was returning from another planet.  The extreme pain and sleep deprivation (due to pain before the surgery, … More A little optimism

Inspiration

It’s time I come clear about something: I am a huge Shakira fan. I don’t normally get terribly excited about pop music, but I just think that Shakira is an amazing performer. No one else has her rhythm and sense of style. One of the things that’s helped me to get through the past few … More Inspiration