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
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AgCr2tTvng When I was young, all I wanted was to fit in, to be perfect. To do what adults expected of me. I never had a single cavity, I never missed the school bus. I was always teacher's pet. Then, when I hit adolescence, the reverse. My depression; my eating disorder; I couldn't function, … Continue reading The piece that didn’t fit
Something you might not know is that I spend a lot of time answering emails from readers looking for advice on their own health issues. I do my best to offer advice and get people pointed in the right direction. It means a lot to me to feel as though my experience has served a … Continue reading Things you can ask me about
They say one of the worst things a blogger can do is to begin all your posts with an explanation of why it's been so long since your last post. Normally I'm able to stop myself from doing this, but I'm going to let myself do it this time, since it's actually relevant to what I want … Continue reading Fighting a health issue without judgement, for the first time
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.
In a nutshell, pain neurophysiology education is the type of treatment for chronic pain that changed my life and inspired me to become a physical therapist. I've mentioned it in passing on this blog, but I decided it's high time I give the topic its own post. *** In my series "How a physical therapist … Continue reading What is pain neurophysiology education?
I have been away. I have often thought of how to begin this blog again after a long hiatus and then more time would pass and there it stood waiting for me to speak, write, and reach out. The reason for my silence is the same reason for beginning this blog. Living with chronic illness … Continue reading A Returning
For the first time in, oh, slightly over ten years, my health issues are not seriously obscuring my ability to deal with life. Mostly through learning about the body, and getting stronger, but also adjusting the way I do things, and my expectations... I've come so, so far from the places I once was. I … Continue reading Because the world needs you
So I've been clearing out all the old stuff from my storage unit. Finding so many reminders of all the plans I once had. The high-heeled boots I bought senior year of high school, right before the Halloween dance. My friends and I were all going to go as "sexy cops." (I know). My running … Continue reading A Clearing