Four Questions to Consider Before Quitting Physical Therapy for Chronic Pain

Four Questions to Ask YOurSelf Before Giving Up On Physical Therapy for Chronic Pain

It seems important to start this post with a disclaimer. As you read, please remember that I am not a doctor and everything I write here comes from my personal experience. This post should not be taken as medical advice, and you should consult a doctor before attempting physical therapy. In addition, there are certain conditions which can be made much worse through pushing yourself to do too much activity. Please consult a doctor and research your specific condition before making any decisions. Continue reading →

Hope For Chronic Pain is Found in Longing for Heaven

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This is the 4th post in a series on Hope When the Pain Doesn’t Go Away

Where do we find our hope in the midst of chronic pain?

We find it in choice and change, in the small steps we take each day.

We find it in considering the possibility of a better earthly future.

We find it in strength for the present.

And we next find hope in God’s promise of renewed bodies and an eternal future. Continue reading →

Releasing My First Book!! — But God, Wouldn’t I Be More Useful to You If I Were Healthy?

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For anyone who has lost a career because of chronic pain.

For anyone who has ever felt devastated, confused, or less-than because your health prevents you from working a formal job.

For anyone who is stuck at home, imprisoned in bed, feeling unable to do much of anything for anybody.

For anyone who gets up every day to take care of your family through the aches and pains, and wonders if it is enough.

For anyone who has so much to offer, but isn’t sure how to offer it in the midst of chronic pain and illness.

For anyone who have ever said to God…This doesn’t make sense. Wouldn’t I be more useful to you if I were healthy?

My first book releases today, and it was written for you.

Check it out on Amazon.com!

Will you consider spreading the news about my book to your friends and Facebook groups and social media followers and spoonie communities? I would be beyond honored if you would share what I have written around the web!

Update: The second book in the Chronic Pain and the Christian Life Series was released November 15, 2016. It is entitled When Chronic Pain and Illness Take Everything Away: How to Mourn Our Losses. Check it out here

This post was shared on the Chronic Friday Link-up.

Making Progress

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I know that I am making progress. Sometimes writing about progress can feel confusing. I think about times I wrote good news, only to crash and burn a few days later. I think about all those times I let myself feel a flash of hope, only to wish I had never let myself feel hopeful. I think about others who aren’t making progress. Sometimes it’s not fun to read about progress when you aren’t making any.

But in the end, that’s where I am. I know I am making progress, and it is not just a few good days here and there. And if I can’t write what is true and what is happening, then what is there to write about? Continue reading →

Hope for Chronic Pain is Found in Strength God Gives for the Present

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This is the 4th post in a series on Hope When the Pain Doesn’t Go Away

Where do we find our hope in the midst of chronic pain?

We find it in choice and change, in the small steps we take each day.

We find it in considering the possibility of a better earthly future.

And we next find hope in the strength God promises is available to us as we struggle to live through the daily, painful reality of chronic pain. Continue reading →

Hope for Chronic Pain is Found in Considering the Possibility of a Better Future

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This is the 3rd post in a series on Hope When the Pain Doesn’t Go Away

Where do we find our hope in the midst of chronic pain?

We find it in choice and change, in the small steps we take each day.

And we next find hope in God’s beckoning to consider the possibility of a better future. A better life is never a guarantee, but I also know that God specializes in giving good gifts to his children at the most unexpected and needed times. Continue reading →

But God, Wouldn’t I Be More Useful To You If I Were Healthy?

 

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Coming July 12, 2016……

I’m so excited to give you a sneak peek of the book cover for my first e-book. But God, Wouldn’t I Be More Useful To You If I Were Healthy is the first in the Chronic Pain and the Christian Life series, with hopefully many more to come!

Stay tuned! 😀

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Hope for Chronic Pain is Found in Choice and Change

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This is the 2nd post in a series on Hope When the Pain Doesn’t Go Away

Hope is found in God’s promise that we have the ability to choose, which means that change is possible. Few things are more hopeful than change when we are stuck in the never-ending cycle of chronic pain, certain things will remain this way forever. Continue reading →

Welcome to the New Life in Slow Motion Website

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Welcome to my new and updated website!

Over the past few months I have been going back and forth about my blog. Posts have been scarce because I struggled to decide what I wanted to write about and how to move forward.

I almost left Life in Slow Motion all together. I almost set out on a new venture and put this blog to the side. I went as far as buying a new domain name, creating a new website, and setting a launch date for my new site.

In the end, I just couldn’t do it. It didn’t feel right. Continue reading →

So, What’s Going On with the Book?

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Occasionally someone asks me for an update on my book, and I finally have an answer. And it’s good news – I am feeling so excited about what I have decided. For months I went back and forth about what to do, feeling uncomfortable about each option that came to mind. But I have finally come up with an option that I believe will make the best use of the material I have written, while also taking care of the flaws and  weaknesses of my manuscript. Continue reading →

How to Allocate and Conserve Energy When You Have Chronic Pain (So You Can Save Up For What Is Most Important)

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When you have chronic pain, life is all about energy allocation. Each day you face the question of where you will use your precious energy levels. You can’t go to work and clean the house, so you choose one. You can’t make dinner and go see a friends, so you choose. One or the other. Continue reading →

Reflections on One Year of Careful Pacing for Chronic Pain

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For the past 52 weeks I have been following a careful pacing plan for chronic pain. Every single day I open up my excel spreadsheet and log in every single one of my activities for the day. Each activity corresponds with a numerical quantity and at the end of the day, and again at the end of the week, I can add the numbers up to see how many points I used. Continue reading →

10 Ways to Flood the Pain Map to Reduce Chronic Pain

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[Image taken from Neuroplastic Transformation by Moskowitz and Golden (2013)]

In recent posts, I have been detailing how we can harness the neuroplastic nature of the brain to reverse the unnatural chronic pain pathways that have become ingrained in our nervous systems. We know that our brain has the ability to change, and that means our chronic pain can be unlearned. Continue reading →

How to Use Visualization to Manage Chronic Pain AND A Six Week Accountability Group for Individuals with Chronic Pain to Practice Visualization-Based Pain Management Techniques

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Today I am going to share a specific visualization with you that can be used to help manage chronic pain. To understand the neuroscience behind how visualizations can decrease chronic pain, you can check out my last two posts that go into great detail about this. Please get caught up, because it is important to understand the WHY to be motivated to actually practice these strategies. Continue reading →

Visualization, Chronic Pain, and Neuroplastic Transformation: An Introduction to Dr. Moskowitz’s Neuroplastic Pain Management Strategies

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Last week I posted my book review of Normon Dodge’s The Brain’s Way of Healing. As I stated in that review, one of the greatest perks of this book was how it pointed me to resources I felt I could trust and that would be worth my time. Continue reading →

Neuroplasticity and Chronic Pain: A Book Review of “The Brain’s Way of Healing”

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The Brain’s Way of Healing is a book about neuroplasticity and healing written by Norman Doidge.

The premise of his book rests on our new understanding of the brain. For many years, scientists thought that the brain was a stable and unchanging organ. Hundreds of years of medical treatments were based on this belief, leaving little hope for those who suffered from injury or illness related to the brain and nervous system. Continue reading →

Chronic Pain, Work, and Simplifying Life

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Lately life has been quiet, simple, and focused. Each week I look at the schedule laid out in front of me: three days of work and perhaps a doctor’s appointment or meeting on one of my days off. Each week I make careful plans that will get me through the days without flaring or relapse. Each week I carefully rest to make sure I can make it to work.Continue reading →

Practicing Peace

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The month after Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. OK, I hate the snow and the wind and the ice. I hate how cold and dreary the world becomes. But I love the freshness of considering the past year and starting anew. I love the hope that perhaps this year will be better than the year before. I love the possibility for new dreams, goals, and ideas to come to fruition. A lot can happen in a year, and it is always possible that some of those things that happen will be wonderful things.

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Stepping Out and Starting a New Job

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I am taking a risk. I am stepping out and trying something new that may be the next step towards meeting my goals, or may be a disaster.

For the past few months, I have been contemplating what the next steps for me should be. My long term goal right now is to become a fully licensed counselor. Right now I have my MA and I am partially licensed. I can work as a counselor under supervision, but since I am not fully licensed I cannot yet open up my own private practice. Continue reading →

Counting Down to the New Year: 11 Things I am Thankful For (2015)

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Counting Down to the New Year is a series of 12 posts in which I reflect on 2015 and prepare for 2016.

Today I am exhausted and worn out. Last night I slept 13 hours and woke up still feeling depleted. Tired. Thinking slowly. Unmotivated.

Even writing this post, I’m struggling to find words. My thoughts are lagging, my brain feels fuzzy, and I keep losing words and thoughts. Continue reading →

Counting Down to the New Year: 12 Ways to Make the Best of the Rest of the Year – 2015

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Counting Down to the New Year is a series of 12 posts in which I reflect on 2015 and prepare for 2016.

Plans and lists may be some of my favorite things. Maybe it is the sense of control and mastery they give me. Perhaps I love to look back at everything I have crossed out to see that I accomplished what I set out to do. Or maybe it is the way they focus me in on the things that I believe to be most important. Plans and lists both move me forward as well as help me to remain in the moment. Continue reading →

Can We Speak the Truth About Our Chronic Pain?

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How do you feel towards your chronic pain?

I started thinking about this today, and I realized that despite the strong and harsh things we feel towards our pain, we don’t often talk about it. It’s not something we often say out loud.

Here is the thing. Typically I am so focused on figuring out how to move forward in the midst of my pain, that I don’t stop and think about how I feel towards the pain. Continue reading →

Flares, Relapses, and a New Business Plan

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As you can see, I have a new business proposition in mind. Look for my spray cans of Flare-Be-Gone, which will be available after the new year. GUARANTEED to reduce the length and intensity of your flare by half, or your money back. Will be hitting the market at a REDUCED PRICE of $99.99 per can!!!***

Ok, all joking aside. I’m flaring. And I’m feeling a bit strange about it all.Continue reading →

Random Thoughts and Plans

Every so often, when my brain turns into a whirlwind, I have to come up with a plan. If the contents of my brain were laid out on a piece of paper, they wouldn’t be pretty right now. To be honest, I am struggling to even know what is going on internally. It is not horrible. It is not good. It’s not numb. I’m feeling something, but not quite certain what. And this is often how I begin to feel when there is too much swirling around up there. Continue reading →

On Chronic Pain and How to Grieve (Part 1)

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A life of chronic pain is a life of loss. Somewhere in the process of living out years into decades of pain, we learn the importance of grieving our former lives and who we once were. We think of all the things that have been taken away and know we must learn to live without them. Somehow, we must grieve our losses if we want to move forward. Continue reading →

Playing the Chronic Pain Comparison Game

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I’ve been playing the chronic pain comparison game way too much lately. You know the one. The one where I compare myself to healthy people and am hit with, once again, how limited my life is. The one where I compare myself to other sick people and think how much better or worse off I am than them. Somehow or other it doesn’t matter if I am better or worse off than whoever I am thinking about – both seem to lead to uncomfortable feelings of jealousy or guilt or confusion or sadness. Continue reading →

When Chronic Pain Makes You Cray Cray

Let me try to explain something about myself. I get bored very easily. In the past this was never a problem because there was always some way to fend off the boredom. Go for a run, spend hours cooking new recipes in the kitchen, find the best hiking trails, have jobs that had me on my feet all day long, etc.. and so on.

Now that I can’t do these things anymore, there just aren’t enough acceptable activities in the world that can be done lying down to keep me occupied. What do I mean by acceptable? I mean activities that don’t make me want to pull my hair out and scream. Things like knitting and sewing and crossword puzzles …things that no one should ever be forced to do for more than a few minutes.


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Effective Pain-Reducing Strategies for Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction

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When people ask me about my chronic pain, I usually just say I have “back problems,” but in reality, it is more complicated than that. Even online I don’t mention my particular condition often, mostly because I interact with so few people who share the same problem as me and because my focus is more on mental and emotional aspects of chronic pain.

However, this post is all about my main condition, sacroiliac joint dysfunction (SIJD). In this post, I share strategies that in combination over the past year have brought my pain levels from SIJD down from a 6-7 average to a 3-4 average. I don’t think I need to say that this is a HUGE difference in terms of quality of life.  Continue reading →