Dropping In

In our day to day lives many of us report feeling busy, stressed, and overwhelmed . It seems that stress and busyness are viewed as proof that we’re productive, valuable people.  Yet chronic stress is slowly but surely interfering with our body’s natural healing mechanisms.  Stress activates the fight or flight response. This isn’t a problem if your body is in stress response […]

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Why Do We Notice the “Bad” Things More?

“Why do we notice bad things more than good things?” asked Susie (not her real name) I was immediately struck by the wisdom of this question asked by a young woman with intellectual challenges.  I have the privilege of providing grief support to people with developmental disabilities. Susie’s mother died recently, and Susie was telling […]

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Tuesdays with Janet

Six months after back surgery, my pain continued to rule my life. I had loved practicing yoga years before – but was instructed to stop yoga by my physical therapists.  I was finally given “permission” to try it again. Janet, a specialist in therapeutic yoga, had been highly recommended to me. I phoned her and […]

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The Party and the Piriformis

Recently I attended a festive holiday party and experienced a pain syndrome I thought was gone forever.  It was a large holiday party in a community venue featuring an impressive sit down dinner prepared by the hostess and her friends. There were about a hundred people to serve, and the second course was a lovely […]

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The Gift of Pain

It’s Thanksgiving – the time to focus on gratitude – and my opportunity to say how truly grateful I am for my experience with chronic pain. My road to recovery was paved with precious gifts. I connected with the safe haven that has always been within me. I discovered a deep internal source of comfort […]

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Lost & Found at Incredible Pizza

Earlier this year, my husband and I, with our four grandsons and their parents, went to Incredible Pizza for dinner followed by games and rides. My life was rich and full now without the constant pain that had dominated it for decades. Incredible Pizza is a huge family entertainment center featuring bumper cars, go-karts, a […]

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