• Daily Routine

    Chronic Pain and Self Regulation: Wearing my Cranky Pants

    Since the beginning of the year I have been making a serious effort to stimulate myself intellectually. For many years the act of designing and making fiber arts has satisfied my need to use my brain. But as I get healthier I have become more restless and have required more thoughtful stimulation and conversation. During the first several weeks of 2018 I was making a good effort towards intellectually stimulating activities. I was writing regularly, participating in some Skill Share courses and enjoying the rigor of using my mind.  In February I had a 22-day migraine. By the end of these 22 days I was unable to string two sentences…

  • Review

    Chasing Hope: Book Review

    Patient, journalist, husband, father, friend. Richard M. Cohen wears a lot of titles, but is hopeful one of them? After living with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) for 40 years, losing his eye sight, battling cancer, and giving up on his neurologists, one might say no. However, after his interest was piqued in the advancing use of stem cells for the treatment of MS, he might have a change of heart. In Chasing Hope: A Patients Deep Dive into Stem Cells, Faith, and the Future, Cohen examines hope both for treatment of his degenerative illness, and inside of faith practices, and psychology. I knew nothing about this book when it was released…

  • Review

    Purple Mattress a Review

    Last month when our Purple Mattress arrived at our front door, my Facebook friends were scrambling for my thoughts. I told them I needed to sleep on it for awhile, but would be honest when the time came. So here we go, I did not receive any compensation for this review, we just needed a new mattress and now I’m telling you what I think. First things first, sleep is extremely important, and I think having a quality mattress is one of the keys to good sleep. If you have a chronic illness such as Fibromyalgia, which often comes with sleep disturbances, regular sleep and good sleep hygiene are even…

  • Daily Routine,  Mental Health,  Self Care

    Celebrate Small Victories

    Big things don’t happen everyday. A new job, a promotion, a baby, a marathon are once in awhile things for most people. But there is something to celebrate everyday, we just have to look for them. You might think “well that sounds positive and cheery Chrissy.” And it is, because I believe we should totally pat ourselves on the back. “But I haven’t done anything special in a long time.” I bet you have. On social media we often talk about the small things we do everyday under the guise of what some people call Adulting. Paying those bills, washing the clothes, or doing the dishes are all things worth…

  • Activism,  Health Care

    September is Pain Awareness Month

    Pain, we are all familiar with it. A tooth ache, a sore throat, a broken bone. Pain regardless of its cause can keep us from spending time with our family, effect our work, and just down right make us miserable. When the pain becomes chronic, these issues are compounded by the pure exhaustion of living in pain. I have lived with pain my entire life. For the last 11 years I have lived with daily pain. Currently most days my pain is low, but there are some days where my pain effects every aspect of my life. My pain goal is to make those days few and far between. There…