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Nov 21

November 21, 2015

5 Tips For Drowning Pride

There are few times when I feel as cool as I do when I’m in the pool getting shown up by the little old ladies at physical therapy. (And no, I’m not talking about temperature). It usually goes something like this. To Little Old Lady #1: You do three reps of twelve. To Stacey: You do one rep of ten.... Read more

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Nov 1

November 1, 2015

Invisible Pain

I was driving my son to his Dad’s, or at least attempting to. But there was this hatchet lodged behind my right eye. Pain radiated throughout the right side of my face creating an increasing gurgling in my stomach until I finally pulled into the gas station and said, “I don’t think I can do this.” “Do what?” my son... Read more

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Oct 30

October 30, 2015

Five Fears of the Chronically Ill

You will never be enough. Whether it’s pain or fatigue, anxiety or depression or even all of the above, it’s sometimes hard to think about anything but that lead weight in your bones, that fire, that ache, that scream that won’t be silenced. You try to balance even just a few relationships, keep a couple of symptoms managed, plates spinning.... Read more

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Sep 3

September 3, 2015

Chronic Illness and Pain- Showing Pain Who’s Boss

I was young when I had my oldest child, Hayden. Labor was the stuff of horror movies to me. I feared the pain of it almost as much as I feared having forgotten to feed him or about him existing altogether. At nine months pregnant, I had nightmares about it on a regular basis, walking past his nursery and remembering—Oh... Read more

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