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What it’s Really Like Living with a Stoma

It’s hard to believe that I’ve had a stoma for nearly 3 years now. It doesn’t feel like that long at all. Since my first surgery, my health has gone down the toilet, a...
5 things not to say to someone with chronic pain

5 Things Not to Say to Someone with Chronic Pain

In 2013, I was involved in a car accident that changed my life. Although the damage to my car was surprisingly minor, that 10 seconds would change my life forever. Prior to the accident, I...
itp diagnosis journey

My Difficult ITP Diagnosis Journey That Made Me An Advocate

I don't really remember a day of my childhood where I felt “good”. Of course, at the time, I had no frame of reference for what “good” was supposed to feel like. I didn't...
undiagnosed chronic illness

Tips to Thrive When You Have an Undiagnosed Chronic Illness

“Teacher, you’re walking like a tipsy woman. Why are you swaying?”“Are you a grandma? Why do you climb the stairs like that?” (Then, copies my posture).“What’s wrong? Are you okay?” (After jerking and accidentally...
trigeminal-neuralgia-pain

My Fight With Atypical Trigeminal Neuralgia

My chronic pain started as a teenager. I’m 53 now. Mostly, I suffer from back pain, rib pain, joint pain, migraines, and facial pain. Ten years ago, my doctor told me my facial pain was...
Chronic Illness Blog starting a blog

How My Chronic Illness Blog Helped My Chronic Pain

My journey with chronic illness has spanned over half my life. As a young teen, I received diagnoses for multiple mental health issues, including Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), major depression and anxiety. To this...
how to manage crohn's disease

How Do I Manage Crohn’s Disease?

If you or a loved one has been recently diagnosed or has lived with Crohn's disease for a while now, you know how life-changing the diagnosis can be. Living a pain-free life while managing...
what is fibromyalgia

A Look at the Facts: What is Fibromyalgia?

Often misdiagnosed and misunderstood, fibromyalgia is a common condition. People with this condition experience widespread muscle and joint pain as well as intense fatigue. But just what is fibromyalgia? Anyone can develop this chronic condition. It...
managing life with chronic pain

How a Morning Routine Can Help You Manage Life with Chronic Pain

For many of us, having a morning routine is invaluable. Not only does it help us set the tone for a productive day but it also grounds us and helps us manage our anxiety...
tingling hands feet pain at night

Here’s How to Fight Invisible Pain

Millions of Americans talk to their doctors every day about pain. Fortunately, many of these patients will find a solution to their problems. However, it’s not always possible to pinpoint the cause of chronic...
gratitude while facing chronic pain

Cultivating Gratitude While Facing Chronic Pain

Are you grateful for your life?  Are you grateful for the things you've been given? Does that include your chronic pain, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia? What about your other invisible illnesses? I am. This...
drug-free ways to fight fibromyalgia

Ask the Expert: Drug-Free Ways to Fight Fibromyalgia

Many thanks to our guest writer Dr. Brent Wells for sharing his expertise on drug-free ways to fight fibromyalgia. Many people suffer from muscle and body pain, stiffness and memory problems that are too often misdiagnosed or...
National Check Your Meds Day

Here’s Why Pain Sufferers Need National Check Your Meds Day

National Check Your Meds Day is here once again (October 21), promoting the importance of reviewing our current prescription regimens. Are we taking the right medicines? Are we taking the proper doses? Are we...
Trigeminal Neuralgia

My Fight Against Trigeminal Neuralgia

Many thanks to our guest writer Pamela Jessen for sharing her journey below on living with and fighting trigeminal neuralgia.The number of invisible illnesses that millions fight around the world is staggering. The...
Taking a walk to enjoy the holidays with chronic pain

Here’s How You Can Enjoy the Holidays with Chronic Pain

The holidays are meant to be enjoyed by all of us. If you’re someone who is living with chronic pain, you’re likely worried about feeling left out of seasonal group activities. But worry not:...
living with an invisible illness

What It’s Really Like Living With an Invisible Illness

Many thanks to our guest writer Pamela Jessen for sharing her powerful testimony below on what it's like living with an invisible illness.When you're living with an invisible illness, you can look perfectly fine...
Lady Gaga speaks out about fibromyalgia

Living With Fibromyalgia: Lady Gaga Continues to Raise Awareness

In her lead role in A Star Is Born, Lady Gaga brings Ally to life on the screen for the fourth remake of the iconic story. Much of Ally's story centers on the fact that...
what life is like with chronic pain headache

10 Must-Knows: What Life is Like with Chronic Pain

September is Pain Awareness Month, a time to raise awareness of chronic pain and common management practices. It's also a time for those of us who live with it to illustrate what life is like...