Sexism & Chronic Illness

In the 19th century, doctors were likely to write off most symptoms women suffered as hysteria, “exaggerated emotion or excitement.” Less has changed from those days than you might think. Sexism of our society still profoundly influences how women with chronic illness are treated by their doctors and their friends, family, and colleagues.   My…

Lessons In Resentment

Resentment poisons relationships. It grows and grows until everyone has been hurt. Communication and honesty are the antidotes.

Even if you are receiving help, you deserve to be treated kindly. Don’t fall into the trap in thinking that you owe it to people who are helping you to be purposefully hurt, abused, degraded, humiliated, or mistreated in any form.

Know your limits of what you can give. You aren’t being brave or saintly for pushing past these.

The Big Problem With Overdose We Are Forgetting

  Everyone is freaking out about opiate overdose- what about the major problem no one is talking about? Prescription overdose has been in the spotlight lately, which makes sense. Drug overdoses have now surpassed automobile overdoses as the leading cause of accidental death. What doesn’t make sense is that because of this spotlight chronic pain patients are…