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Dec 7

December 7, 2017

3 Factors that Contribute to Chronic Pain + How to Manage it from an Integrative Medicine Perspective

3 Factors that Contribute to Chronic Pain + How to Manage it from an Integrative Medicine Perspective

3 Factors that Contribute to Chronic Pain + How to Manage it from an Integrative Medicine Perspective.  If you struggle with chronic pain, you’ve likely experienced its impact in various parts of your life. Pain can disrupt sleep patterns, affect your ability to focus at work, deter you from social activities, and leave you with a sense of despair. As... Read more

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Nov 21

November 21, 2017

Chronic Pain and Medical Cannabis

Medical Cannabis & Chronic Pain

Medical Cannabis can remedy chronic physical pain as well as its accompanying side effects that many common painkillers, particularly opiates, do not help or even address. More than 100 million Americans, or roughly one-third of our population, experience chronic pain. If you experience pain that lasts longer than 12 weeks, you are among this group. Normally your body sends acute,... Read more

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May 30

May 30, 2017

How to Live Life in Spite of Chronic Pain and Fatigue

How to Live Life in Spite of Chronic Pain and Fatigue

How do you explain chronic, debilitating fatigue to a world that wakes up well-rested? How do you explain sickness and limitations being the norm to a people who’ve only known health and limitless living? Can you? I remember (quite woefully, now) before the hostile takeover when sickness was still something I could hide, push beyond for the most part, I... Read more

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Mar 20

March 20, 2017

The Powerful Connection between Pain and Hope

The Powerful Connection between Pain and Hope

As an Occupational Therapist, I deal with other people’s pain daily. As soon as the introductions are over, I ask about pain levels. “Do you hurt anywhere? On a scale of one-to-ten, how much pain are you in? Describe your pain.” Most people I encounter are in some kind of pain, so much so that I sometimes become numb to... Read more

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Nov 3

November 3, 2016

How to Keep on Living When the Pain Doesn't End

How to Keep on Living When the Pain Doesn’t End

It has been four months since Grace came down with a virus that has turned into a nightmare of doctor appointments, tests, and non-answers, as she continues to battle pain and fatigue. Her head and stomach hurt constantly, she gets tired easily, school seems to exacerbate it all (though whether that is physical or emotional, I can’t quite work out),... Read more

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Oct 24

October 24, 2016

10 Must-Haves for Your Chronic Illness Journey

10 Must-Haves for Your Chronic Illness Journey

A Sense of Humor– Trust me on this one. Maybe you feel more like crying than laughing and I want to be clear––––there is no shame in crying. Furthermore, there is a time for crying. But when you are all cried out, laughter is such good medicine. Laughter has the power to make the seemingly impossible, possible. Laughter pushes back... Read more

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Jul 13

July 13, 2015

The Pitfalls and Perils of Parenting While Battling Chronic Illness

The Pitfalls and Perils of Parenting While Battling Chronic Illness

As I drive my 15-year-old son to the next extra-curricular activity on the agenda he asks, “Have you heard the latest song by 1-1-6?” and proceeds to crank it at 127 decibels. From the back seat my four-year-old chimes in: “Mommy, why does my hand just have this brown spot on it?” “Mommy, what’s your favorite Disney princess?” “Mommy, why... Read more

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