Living with Pain: Let Yourself Breathe

I have written a great deal about the negative thoughts that are so easy to get caught up in when you live with chronic pain. I have covered topics such as rumination, self-talk,  “negative fortune telling“, and anger.  People with chronic pain sometimes report having persistent, distressing thoughts such as: •  My life is over now … Read more

Phantom Limb Pain

Phantom Limb Pain

Journalist Michael Weisskopf was on assignment in Baghdad for Time magazine’s 2003 “Person of the Year”—the American soldier—when a tragic accident severed his right hand. He still recalls in surreal detail the moment he saw a grenade on the floor of the Humvee he was in—and his attempt to toss it out. Something in me clicked and … Read more

Caregiving: Cracking the Emotional Code

Caregiving: Cracking the Emotional Code

Few things can be more stressful to a caregiver than taking care of a loved one with chronic pain. In a society that values work and activity, the sufferer of chronic pain is often the object of disbelief—viewed not as having an illness but as being a complainer or just plain lazy. Such social stigmatization is further … Read more

Mariel Hemingway

Mariel Hemingway

“We all have stories to tell.” It is a cold, crisp day and Mariel Hemingway is about to head out for an afternoon of cross-country skiing in Idaho. An actress, health and fitness writer and the granddaughter of iconic American author Ernest Hemingway, the mother of two has been in the public spotlight for most of her … Read more