Turning suffering upside down

June 5, 2022
Having lived for over 20 years with chronic pain and persistent involuntary muscle contractions from dystonia, a neurological movement disorder, I have experienced a lot of suffering. If you...

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Trying to put pain into perspective

May 8, 2022
This year marks the 21st anniversary when devastating chronic pain from dystonia took over my life. Within months after my first symptoms, I went from a very active, social,...

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Tips for becoming more self-empowered when living with a chronic health condition

April 13, 2022
When we are faced with a limiting health issue where performing “simple” everyday activities becomes a challenge, our self-confidence and self-worth can dwindle. This can happen with any health...

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Fear is the enemy: stop feeding it

March 21, 2022
I have been compensated by Merz Pharmaceuticals, LLC for this blog post including for sharing information about XEOMIN® (incobotulinumtoxinA). I am not currently being treated with XEOMIN. Fear is...

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Listening to our body to help reduce pain and anguish

March 10, 2022
Having lived over 20 years with chronic pain from dystonia (a neurological movement disorder) in order to best manage my condition, I have to be very mindful of the...

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Striving to find balance when in pain and everything feels off balance

February 3, 2022
I am always striving to find balance in my life, as I know most people are. Because my neck is off-center from a neurological movement disorder called dystonia, it...

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How to choose better for ourselves when we are suffering

January 20, 2022
If you have dystonia and chronic pain like I do, or one of many other thousands of health conditions, or just dealing with some tough life situations, you are...

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Releasing past pain and starting the new year differently

January 5, 2022
Being that it is a new year, which for many people is a time to say goodbye to the previous year with plans and goals for a fresh start,...

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Coming to terms with painful challenges is hard!

December 5, 2021
Life is filled with endless ups and downs. The first 5 of my ongoing 20 years living with dystonia were pretty much nothing but down times. I experienced the...

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Try as we may, we can’t hide from our pain forever

November 7, 2021
Human beings are wired to run away from things that are painful and difficult. I sure as heck did the first 5 years of my dystonia diagnosis. It often...

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Self-care: Why, When, What, and How Much?

October 18, 2021
I have been compensated by Merz Pharmaceuticals, LLC for this blog post including for sharing information about XEOMIN® (incobotulinumtoxinA). I am not currently being treated with XEOMIN. For a...

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The truth about stress…in my opinion

September 16, 2021
Believe it or not, it wasn’t until final exams my freshman year in college that I heard the term “stressed out.” It just wasn’t used that often back then....

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What a spider (and all of nature) taught me about resilience and adapting to adversity and pain

September 1, 2021
I have lived with chronic pain from dystonia, a neurological movement disorder, for 20 years. When it first began in 2001, it completely changed my life. I had to...

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Stress is like a clogged drain – Tips for managing our emotional plumbing

August 15, 2021
I think everybody would agree that stress is a challenge in their lives. Personally, I think we should take on the belief that no stress exists and that it...

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Slow down to manage your pain

July 24, 2021
How many of you find yourself rushing around and it’s causing you stress and pain? And if you already have pain, does it add to your pain? Are you...

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