Are they talking to me? Learning to accept a compliment

Everyone likes hearing that they did a good job or that their work made someone else’s life better, right? Sure, but when you have been continuously doubted, made fun of, or shamed because of your chronic illness, accepting a compliment isn’t so easy.

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Hospital Horrors: Leaving in more pain than I arrived in

In last week’s blog post Why I fear hospitals, doctors, and test results I shared some of the ways that the medical profession has failed me and in some cases almost cost me my life. Who knew when I scheduled that post that I would once again be mistreated and misdiagnosed just a few days later.

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.

Chronic Life: Does the waiting ever end?

chronic life Does the waiting ever end

Living with one or multiple chronic illnesses involves a LOT of waiting. We wait for doctor appointments, test results, pain relief, cures, diagnoses, people to understand, and so much more. But does it ever end? There is no simple answer to this question.