How photography helps take my mind off my pain from dystonia

February 5, 2023
I have lived with dystonia (a neurological movement disorder) and chronic pain for over 20 years. The very active life prior to dystonia is night and day compared to...

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How do we move beyond pain and suffering?

January 22, 2023
We have all at one time or another experienced pain and suffering of some kind. I sure have, living with dystonia for over 20 years, the first 5 of...

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How resilient are you? Probably more than you think and give yourself credit

January 4, 2023
Having lived with chronic pain and involuntary muscle contractions from a neurological movement disorder called dystonia since 2001, I felt defeated many times. But I am still here battling...

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Managing an overly stimulating environment to protect our health

December 26, 2022
The other day I read a post in a dystonia support group that is similar to something I see and hear very often. I’m sure you have as well,...

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Chronic Pain Doesn’t Need to Take Over Your Life

December 22, 2022
Many Americans suffer from chronic pain. A study by doctors from Massachusetts reveals that 50.2 million adults experience it on a daily basis. Their pain often appears in the back, hips,...

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The power of our inner dialogue on our health

December 12, 2022
I believe very strongly in the power of thoughts and words as it relates to my health. I say this because I have lived with a painful chronic neurological...

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Self-nurturing for better health: My recovery from a recent breakdown

November 26, 2022
As many of you know reading this, I have lived with a chronic neurological movement disorder called dystonia, as well as chronic pain, for over 20 years. I use...

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Thanksgiving quotes we can use every day

November 20, 2022
Quotes are some of my favorite things. Some of them I read or hear and they go in one ear and out the other. Then there are some that...

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We have to stop beating ourselves up when we are in pain

November 10, 2022
Chronic pain reminds me of a bully that picks on kids in the schoolyard every day. Like the bully, chronic pain does not follow any rules and after multiple...

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How getting lost in physical and mental pain helped me find myself

October 14, 2022
In the summer of 2001, I developed a neurological movement disorder called dystonia. Dystonia is the third most common movement disorder after Parkinson’s and essential tremor. In the very beginning,...

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Are you trying to be positive when you’re miserable? Don’t be. Choose honesty instead

September 12, 2022
I often hear people with pain and other chronic health conditions say something like the following: “I am really struggling right now and I feel that talking about how...

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What can we do to find peace when we are struggling?

August 22, 2022
If you are struggling with anything in life, a question to ask yourself is, “what can I do on a daily basis that puts me in a position to...

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Isolating ourselves to feel less alone

August 6, 2022
This may sound like a strange title so let me explain. I live with a health condition called dystonia, which is a neurological movement disorder. It is the third...

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How life before and after chronic pain from dystonia changed my entire world

July 15, 2022
For most of my 21 years with chronic pain and other symptoms from dystonia, a neurological movement disorder, I viewed it as a curse; an evil intruder that ruined...

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Nature versus nurture when it comes to chronic pain and illness

July 1, 2022
If you live with a health condition, as I do with a chronic movement disorder called dystonia which is accompanied by pain, I have to be very careful how...

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