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

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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Trying to put pain into perspective

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

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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Are you turning your gizmo into a gremlin? Understanding and managing anxiety

When I think of anxiety, I think of the movie, Gremlins (1984). For those of you who have seen this movie, you know that feeding a gremlin after midnight...

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The challenge of change

It goes without saying that change is not easy for most people. If life has been a certain way for many years and something alters the course of things,...

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Do you live in protection mode because of your pain?

Most of us have heard of the fight-or-flight stress response. It becomes activated when we believe there is a chance we can outfight or outrun real or perceived danger...

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OSKA Pulse Pain Technology Update!

Disclosure: this blog contains affiliate links and I will receive commission if you decide to purchase from Oska, Inc. using this link. I was provided with a free product...

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Neuro-Soothe pain relieving lotion – product review

As many of you know, I live with chronic pain from a neurological movement disorder called dystonia. In my book, blogs, and articles, I talk about many tools for...

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Life before and after chronic pain from dystonia changed my entire World

For most of my 21 years with chronic pain and other symptoms from dystonia, I viewed it as a curse; an evil intruder that ruined my life. This perspective...

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If you’re in pain, don’t “be positive.” Be honest.

I often hear people with pain and other chronic health conditions say the following: “I am trying to be positive, but it is so hard!” Other people see us...

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Please don’t ever take your health for granted

The other day I ran into my oldest niece who will be 28 in a few months. It made me reflect on my life around the same age, which...

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Using the Brain to Reduce Pain

I have lived with dystonia and chronic pain for nearly 20 years. In addition to many treatments I have used over that time, I constantly work to naturally increase...

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When anxiety attacks

If you suffer with anxiety, you know just how crippling it can be. Anxiety is actually a natural response to our environment that is designed to protect us from...

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Adapting to Adversity

How one deals with adversity is very unique to the situation and the individual. I have faced great adversity at different times in my life, some of which I...

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The real impact of pain that people cannot see

Pain is one of the most intrusive things we can experience because it impacts nearly every aspect of our lives, especially if it is chronic. As Bonnie Prudden said,...

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