Reflections: Inspiring Pathways

Managing Fibromyalgia Pain with Bunny Therapy: Unconditional love is a powerful tool in the struggle against chronic pain, something that Nancy Laracy learned from an unexpected source. At only 36 years old, Laracy developed excruciating pain and fatigue from parvovirus and fibromyalgia. These conditions initially derailed her everyday life, but she soon found an unexpectedly effective … Read more

Laura Hillenbrand Confronts Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Best-selling author Laura Hillenbrand confronts chronic fatigue syndrome by writing stories that inspire. People familiar with the agony and challenges of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or anyone who suffers from or cares for someone in chronic pain can identify with author Laura Hillenbrand. Dismissed by doctors and unable to find relief, the acclaimed author of … Read more

Exploring Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Misconceptions about complementary and alternative medicine (cam) are pervasive. From the idea that the treatment approaches are unproven to the assumption that cam providers are not medically trained, erroneous beliefs often prevent people from exploring these potentially beneficial therapies. Bettina Herbert, MD, Director of the Integrative Pain Management Program at the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of … Read more

Eggnog Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Looking for delicious holiday recipes that are still somewhat healthy? Here’s a holiday treat with a secret ingredient – chickpeas, which fills these cookies with fiber. Sprinkle some cinnamon and you’ll pump up your metabolism. Ingredients Makes 2 dozen cookies 3/4 cup whole wheat flour 1/4 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 tsp baking powder 1/4 tsp salt … Read more

Coach Mike Krzyzewski Refuses to Play the Pain Game

Coach Mike Krzyzewski Refuses to Play the Pain Game

To many people, he’s known simply as “Coach K.” Famous for his unparalleled successes as Duke University’s head basketball coach and as an Olympic coach for the United States men’s basketball team, Mike Krzyzewski is beloved by millions of sports fans around the world. But the adored sports icon also has personal experience with chronic pain, and … Read more

Personal Pathways: Marianne Jordan

Personal Pathways: Marianne Jordan

Marianne Jordan: Back to the Skies after a Spinal Cord Stimulator Giving up favourite activities can be one of the most difficult aspects of dealing with chronic pain. Often, pain and medications have already restricted one’s lifestyle, so when professional or recreational activities are curtailed, coping can be tough. For many, reclaiming cherished pastimes is … Read more

Guided Imagery: A Valuable Tool for Managing Pain

SUCCESSFUL PAIN MANAGEMENT OFTEN INCORPORATES A MULTIMODAL TREATMENT APPROACH. WHILE MEDICATION IS AN IMPORTANT PART OF REDUCING PAIN, AN INCREASING NUMBER OF PEOPLE HAVE FOUND THAT COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES ENHANCE THE EFFICACY OF THEIR PRESCRIPTIONS WITHOUT ADDING NEGATIVE SIDE EFFECTS. One effective tool recommended by pain management specialists is guided imagery. A cognitive-behavioral therapy, guided imagery … Read more