Keeping Your Smile

The gentle act of a smile can remind and become a touchstone for us that goodness, peace and joy are nor only possible but near.

Living in Chronic Pain can lead us down dark paths full of confusion, loss of meaning, purpose and hope, and we must strive to find such reminders, lights, to help us find our way, keep our sanity and our hearts, while we face and learn to live with pain.

The practice of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness has been found to be one of the surest of beacons for those who live in Chronic Pain.

Here, Thich Nhat Hahn, a Zen Buddhist Monk, does a beautiful job of explaining how the simple, gentle act of smiling can…

Continue reading “Keeping Your Smile”

NSAID’s and Chronic Pain ~ Know the Risks

A part of Chronic Pain for many, in some way, shape or form is connected to inflammation. Inflammation occurs naturally as the body’s response to many types of injuries, infections and organ, tissue and cellular disturbances. More often then not- if something is awry in the body, the body goes into inflammation-mode, bringing the message of distress to the body-owner (the pain signal) and the rush of needed blood and cellular activity (which we experience as swelling, heat and redness) to initiate the body’s healing process.

NSAID’s (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatories) were developed and are commonly used today to decrease inflammation including to lower fevers and reduce swelling.

Many NSAID’s are readily available over-the-counter and others require a prescription, but they can all have serious results and side effects. For those who live in Chronic Pain, taking NSAID’s regularly and/or taking more than recommended, even rarely, can have serious consequences…

Continue reading “NSAID’s and Chronic Pain ~ Know the Risks”

Learning to Dance

“You will lose

someone you can’t live without,

and your heart will be badly broken,

and the bad news is

that you will never completely get over the loss…

But this is also the good news.

They live forever 

in your broken heart…

And you come through.

It’s like having a broken leg

that never heals perfectly-

that sill hurts…

you learn to dance with the limp.”

~ Anne Lamont