Invisible Pain Isn’t Always Physical

Those suffering from depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses are #InvisiblePainWarriors too.

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Very few realized how true these words were to Robin Williams when he spoke them.

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How much stress can a person endure before they start to break; physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically?

With every blessing or moment of progress and hope, it seems as though another pending disaster is on the horizon.

I have thrown myself into exercise lately because it is something I can control. A part of my life that I can reclaim and when I do it, I feel good, in many ways. It has been helping.

Despite that positive change, there are so many things that I cannot control and that is becoming obvious at this moment.

I’ve gone from feeling feeling strong, despite my pain, to feel feeling helpless and scared, once again.

I’m turning to Yoga and Qigong in an attempt to help. Hopefully they can eventually provide an outlet for my anguish so I can meditate through the destruction and ease this feeling of impending doom.

Maybe I will go to Unity Church tomorrow, where I take the Qigong classes. There are some crises and burdens that are to heavy to bear on our own. Sometimes I believe that only that only a higher power can help lift the heavy weight and help us carry it or help carry us when we can no longer carry ourselves.

Seeking Motivation

Attention fellow spoonies!  We are seeking your thoughts, ideas, advice, coping techniques, and wisdom!

We all know that chronic illness and pain (invisible or otherwise) can and will steal endless things from our lives.

Sometimes it can teach us a few positive things as well, such as a different outlook on life, the ability to appreciate the small things, a greater sense of compassion, more empathy for others, a desire to advocate for our ourselves and others, learning to listen to your body, better eating habits, patience, etc. but what chronic illness takes from us often feels like so much more (because the reality for most of us is that it takes WAY more than it gives).

As I have mentioned before, one of the most difficult and heart-wrenching things that it has taken from my life is the ability to look forward to something;  ANYTHING!  This seems to be a recurring theme and problem that I continue to struggle with.

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My New Favorite Breakfast

I stumbled upon a breakfast option that I find quick, easy, healthy, and quite delicious so I thought I would share it with all of you!

I find myself craving it most mornings (or at least on the days that I feel well enough to eat before noon) and I’ve been trying to eat it even when I don’t feel like it, because I have a feeling it’s doing my body good.

If you are wondering what this delicious dish could be; it’s basically my version of a yogurt parfait. Continue reading

Endo Fact Finale – Days #26 – #31

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Thank you all for participating, reading, sharing, educating, learning, and helping to raise awareness during Endometriosis Awareness Month.  I think it has been a huge success.  We have reached a lot of people, gained followers, made new contacts, discovered new blogs, and met some friends along the way.

I hope that all of my Endo Sisters will continue to raise awareness, not only during the month of March, but throughout the entire year as we continue to fight for better prevention and a cure for Endometriosis.

❤ Wishing you all a pain free day ❤

Music Monday : Run by Leona Lewis

I haven’t heard this song in a while.  When it first came out, I listened to it on repeat, A LOT.

I can be very obsessive with music, which is likely obvious through my love for and frequent posting of songs and videos by Blue October.  Even though they will always be my all-time favorite band, I do like other artists and have a passion for all music.

Heck, I even married a musician.  He hasn’t played much since we got together, almost 12 years ago, but he’s starting to rekindle that fire in himself as well.  I would love to see him start playing on a regular basis again.  I think it would be therapeutic and might even help his chronic pain (if the weight of his guitar doesn’t cause problems).

One of the things I like about this weekly feature is that it forces me to dig deep into my memory (and iPod) to look for songs to post.  Along the way I am rediscovering a lot of old music that I love but lost touch with along the way.

❤ Wishing everyone a pain free day ❤