Letting Others Down: Living with Lupus

Letting Others Down: Living with Lupus

I’m overly conscientious. Some might think this is a good trait, particularly when they happen to be on the receiving end of my hyper-conscientiousness. I will always arrive on time (or early and sit in my car and wait until the appointed time), deliver whatever it is I promised you, return your calls, and you … Read more

Aromatherapy and Its Use in Chronic Pain

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by Blaire Morriss, ANP-BC, RN If you’ve ever smelled lavender and felt calmed, or had the perfume of a freshly peeled orange brighten a moment, you’ve directly experienced the powerful effects of scent. Aromatherapy, the therapeutic use of essential oils, has experienced renewed popularity in recent years as a tool on the journey of health and wellness. … Read more

When It Hurts to Be Touched

When It Hurts to Be Touched

Our sense of touch is one of our most basic and fundamental aspects of the human experience. We use our ability to feel as an integral tool to discriminate and better understand our environment, almost without thinking about it, because we do it all day long. Likewise, being touched by others is a critical part … Read more

Hakuna Matata – No Worries

Hakuna Matata – No Worries

I work very hard in my life to live in the present moment and find joy and happiness there. However, there are some things, especially the prospect of surgery, that drag my thoughts kicking and screaming out of the present and into the future. I have wrist and elbow surgery scheduled for May 26th to hopefully … Read more

Inspiration For Pain Sufferers

Inspiration For Pain Sufferers

Inspiration…from whence does it come? And why do we need to be inspired? The word “inspiration” means to be “in spirit.” It is something that happens within, often because of stimuli that comes from outside. We frequently will see or hear something that illicits a response within us of feeling inspired. From this feeling of … Read more

Chronic Pain Can be Lonely: Nine Ways to Reconnect

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Chronic pain can make it hard to feel connected to others. Pain puts a strain on friendship – whether you have fibromyalgia, headaches, back pain, arthritis, or any other type of chronic pain. You may have found that you see friends less or that you feel disconnected when you do get together. You may have … Read more