New Year’s Resolution: Celebrate the Victories

I’m quite fond of the John Lennon quote, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” I know all too well the significance of those words. I recall being someone who had always had a plan and clear set of goals but when chronic illness came into my life, I realized…

Hurt Feelings on Health Social Networks

Health support social networks can be a great resource for chronically ill people but they can also be a place of hurt feelings.  The internet has allowed the opportunity to be involved health support networks without leaving our homes.  Only on the World Wide Web can you wake up at 3 am dealing with pain…

My Story: Waging a War Against Self-Pity

First-Person Tips to Beat Negative Feelings about Living With Chronic Illness Because I am an advocate, people often ask me if I went through the emotional tribulations that come with living with chronic illness and pain. They see someone who appears confident, someone who sees the glass half full rather than half empty. For the…