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

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

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

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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Turning suffering upside down

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

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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Releasing past pain and starting the new year differently

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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My typical day managing my dystonia and chronic pain

I have lived with dystonia and chronic pain for 21 years. The first 5 of those years were the worst of my life. The pain from the involuntary muscle...

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Finding the proper puzzle pieces for better health and life balance

Not too long ago, my girlfriend and I did a 500-piece puzzle over a period of a weekend. It was not a remarkable feat, but this is the first...

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A tool for practicing gratitude

Many of us recently celebrated Thanksgiving, a time to reflect upon things for which we are thankful. It is a time to really focus on gratitude, which got me...

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The power of words and judgments on our health

I have lived with a neurological movement disorder called dystonia for 20 years. For the first 5 or so years, I looked at it as an evil intruder that...

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Please don’t judge how a person feels based on how they look

Human beings are visual creatures, so we often associate how someone feels based on how they look and act. Sadly, this is very short sighted. Many people live with...

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Accepting change is necessary for coping with chronic pain

In 2001, I developed chronic pain from a neurological movement disorder called dystonia. My life before and after dystonia are as different as night and day. I went from...

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How one looks is not a measure for how one feels

Human beings are visual creatures, so we often associate how one feels based on how they look and act. Sadly, this is very short sighted. Many people live with...

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Drink up for pain, inflammation, and weight loss!

People often ask what I eat since nutrition is very important to me, especially as it relates to helping control pain and other symptoms of dystonia. I also used...

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