My Word of the Week is Messy! How Chronic Pain from Fibromyalgia, Psoriatic Arthritis, and a Botched Hysterectomy Made a Mess of My Plans and Home.

Living with chronic pain is messy! Find out how it has messed up my plans and home in this week’s word of the week blog post.

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Why I Fear Doctors, Hospitals, and Test Results

I know my body well. In fact, I know better than any test or doctor. Not to sound conceited, but not one test or scan has ever shown the destruction that has been taking place in my abdomen since 2003. NOT ONE!! However, my theories have been validated in surgery and each surgery was proved necessary.

How to Plan the Best Summer Vacation Despite Your Chronic Illness

Does the thought of taking a summer vacation get you excited or does it send chills down your spine?  I loved traveling before I became chronically ill.  In addition to yearly Disneyland vacations, I loved exploring new areas in other states or within the ones that I lived in.  Weekend road trips without a destination were my favorites.
Soon after chronic pain became a part of my daily life I began to loathe traveling.

Telling me that it could be worse won’t make me feel better

How many times have you explained your chronic illness to someone and their response was “It could be worse”? Those words, no matter what intention they were said with, cut deep into the heart of someone living with a chronic illness. And here is why saying “It could be worse” should be avoided

Tips to make your Valentine’s day special, despite your chronic illness

Valentine’s day is a time for expressing love to your special someone. It is not a day to go broke or to trigger chronic pain. If your celebration depletes both your bank account and energy supply, you are defeating the purpose of the day.