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P is for PTSD

P is for PTSD The taxi pulled up in front of my daughter’s home. I was waiting on the porch at the side. Shivering in the cold. My breath making clouds of cold steam. I hurried to the taxi, cane in left hand, small travelling bag in right hand. I opened the right front passenger…

Stellar Progress

Does this happen to you? You get so fixated on working toward a goal that you don’t acknowledge or notice the progress you’ve made. Happens to me all the time. I could blame my perfectionism, which would be true to a degree. Or, I could blame being overly focused on the goal, which would be…

The Truth About Pain

Most of my friends, and even much of my family, don’t quite get the fact that I am in pain constantly. That means, like, every minute of every day of every week of every month. Some ask, “How can you stand it?” I typically respond, “What choice do I have?” If I choose to live,…

It's Just Pain

I recently met with my new Pain Management Specialist. It was 1 of those “good news, bad news’ sessions. The good news? After reviewing 30 years of my medical history, he discovered that there was “nothing wrong with me physically”. YES, you heard that correctly! YES, I have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia Syndrome and Chronic…

When Pain Limits What You Can Do

There are many sucky things about chronic pain. One of the biggest is the sheer unpredictability of it. For example, 2 days ago I was able to hop in the car and drive to and from the Town of Canmore, to have lunch with my daughter. Being able to drive 2 1/2 hours round-trip doesn’t…