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Nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Hey there, folks! So I’ve been nominated by dimdaze for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Thanks so much, Don! Go check out his blog. Right now. RULES: – Thank the person who nominated you for the award. (Again, thanks, Don!) – Add the logo to your post. – Nominate ten (10) bloggers you admire and inform them of the nomination. I nominate the following lovely writers:

Debbie Downer Gets Some Puppy Uppers

The title of this post shouldn’t suggest that I’m on (additional) antidepressants. As much as I love me some puppy uppers, I had a bit of an epiphany this past week at my most recent session with Alexis, my shrink/nutritionist. First of all, the word “chronic,” as in “chronic pain.” Alexis has yelled at me for using the word “crippled” instead of “injured.” I’m having the same issue now with “chronic.” Chronic is a synonym for stagnant, continuous, endless. That word needs to be deleted from my lexicon. Even if this healing process does seem stagnant, continuous, and endless, it is moving forward because my body is constantly changing. I gain weight, lose weight, get a gray hair (ohmyGodthatfinallyhappenedlastweek), pull the gray hair out, get a bruise, lose a bruise. My body is not in stasis. It is changing. I am changing. I will continue to change. Secondly, my pain has affected the way I react to the world and how the world reacts to me. I hide inside of it because I’m afraid to go outside half the …

The Inconvenient Youth: On Being Young and Chronically Ill

Originally posted on mary caroline:
Getting sick when you’re young is unexpected. It certainly came as a surprise to me. But I got used to it, I had to. It’s been years so I’ve adjusted. The rest of the world, I realize, is not prepared for a young sick person. Using a cane made my so-called “invisible illnesses” visible, and this changed everything. It’s still one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. So many things became accessible again all because of a mobility aid. But there are always pros and cons, and using a mobility aid is no exception to this rule. It didn’t take me long to get used to people staring.  My first summer using a cane my aunt Sharon asked, “Is this really what people are like?” and I hadn’t even noticed that day. To me it didn’t seem that bad. After all, staring is a small offense on the spectrum of daily disruptions. People feel entitled to my medical information. I rarely go somewhere alone without being approached and asked about my cane. To…

How to begin yoga when you have chronic pain

Originally posted on Finding Yoga:
You may have heard that yoga is good for persistent pain. An appropriate class and teacher can certainly help you manage your pain by teaching you to relax, participate in exercise, and increase body awareness. But many people with chronic pain find that even beginners classes are too much for them.  They say they tend to feel frustrated when they can’t keep up with others in the class.  Here are some guidelines for approaching your first yoga class when you experience chronic pain. Find a yoga teacher who specialises in pain There are many styles of yoga and many yoga teachers, each with a unique approach. Find a teacher who understands your condition and offers a gentle, graded approach to learning.   Book a private class before joining the group In a group class the teacher may be looking after eight or more students.  If you have special requirements, are particularly challenged with movement, or nervous about being in a group, you may wish to book at least one private session with the teacher beforehand.  This will…