Category Archives: Health

About Pain: For Those Who Suffer and Their Caregivers by Rachel B. Aarons

Pain, especially chronic pain, is a difficult topic for us to talk about. If you’ve never experienced chronic pain it is very hard to understand what it’s like to deal with pain on a continuous basis. Even if you have experienced chronic pain, it can be hard to fully comprehend how devastating another type of …

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Cure by Jo Marchant

It’s lucky I read Cure: A Journey into the Science of Mind Over Body by Jo Marchant* as an e-book, because I probably would’ve used an entire highlighter if I had been reading a physical copy. Cure is fascinating, insightful, thought-provoking and I kept sharing facts and insights with everyone who was within earshot of me. Marchant is …

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Love Sick by Cory Martin (Interview + Review)

This week is an extra special treat. Not only was I able to review an Advanced Reader’s Copy of Love Sick by Cory Martin (through Netgalley), she also offered to take part in an interview about her new memoir and her experience with MS (Multiple Sclerosis). You can read more about MS at the end of the …

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International Women’s Day, Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month and the Struggle

On this years International Women’s Day, I encourage you to learn more about AI diseases, especially what signs and symptoms to watch out for, get to know your family’s medical history, and help educate other people on the seriousness and importance of recognizing, treating, studying and researching AI diseases.

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Pear & Crystallized Ginger Gingerbread (Paleo, Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

This recipe is my variation on the genius 5 Minute Paleo Dump Bread from Whole Lifestyle Nutrition. Ingredients: 2 cups almond butter (or any other nut butter) ½ tsp Himalayan (or sea) salt 1 tbsp of mixed spice (could probably also use pumpkin spice) 1 tsp ground ginger 1 tsp ground cinnamon (make sure it is real, Ceylon …

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Chronic Illness, Body Image & Getting Married

Seeing my wedding photos felt like staring at a stranger, who has somehow managed to impersonate me on that special day.  I quickly click away, before the tears reach my eyes, before I have to acknowledge that this – stranger – is me. My illnesses have been hard on me, and they love to multiply …

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Reflections on 2015

In many ways 2015 has been the most difficult year of my life. I have gotten increasingly sick, been through countless medical tests, trialled several different medications (all to no avail), and my doctors increasingly consider me a difficult case. I became unable to work. I spent a month bedridden, with migraines and throwing up …

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The Painful Truth by Lynn R. Webster

The Painful Truth: What Chronic Pain Is Really Like and Why It Matters to Each of Us wasn’t quite what I expected – but once I had reset my expectations I realized how important this book is. Lynn R. Webster, MD, ran a pain clinic in Salt Lake City, Utah, for many years, and more …

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How to Be Sick: A Buddhist-Inspired Guide for the Chronically Ill and their Caregivers – Toni Bernhard

How to Be Sick is “how to live a life of equanimity and joy despite my physical and energetic limitations.”

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The Health Update I Promised You All

I have been promising you all a health update for quite a while. It’s difficult for me to talk about these things, because there are so many different, interconnected pieces. It’s so easy to get lost, jumping from one topic to the next – but I’ll do my best to keep things straight. Current Health …

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