Chronic Pain, Heal Thyself?

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Daily Prompt – Heal

ChronicPainThe word “heal” can take on a whole different meaning when you have a chronic illness.

I remember the first thing they told us at my pain management program was “We are not here to take your pain away. If you could be healed from it, you wouldn’t be here.” The words hit hard, but we all knew it was true. We were there to learn how to live with our symptoms the best way possible.

As a Christian, I believe the Lord can heal anyone. And this isn’t about faith healings, just that God is in control of everything in my life.

So do these two things contradict for me? No, not at all. When people say they are praying for God to heal me, I say for them to pray for God’s will. He never lets anything happen without reason and I believe I…

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Today’s Featured Reblog is…Real Life!

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“Hate the disease not the addict”. -heard in a Nar-Anon meeting.

Anyone who has lived with or loved an addict knows the all-consuming and unforgiving grip that addiction holds like hands around your neck, suffocating, deathly, and devastating. Anyone who is an addict (or recovering addict) also knows this. Addiction is a state of total control. It is a state of tyranny.

Addiction the authoritarian. Withoutregard for the rules. Without regard for the law. Criminal, robbing us of dignity, soul thieving, murderous.

Addiction the authoritarian. Scapegoating the marginalized, placing blame on others, without responsibility.

Addiction the authoritarian. Fear mongering, divisive, spitting hateful opioid-filled words, inciter of self-loathing and shame.

Addiction the authoritarian. Master of our universe, strong man, ruling by opiate executive order and heroiniron fist.

Addiction the authoritarian. Incessant deceiver, pathological liar, and master manipulator. Spinning silken lies as we nod-out in a web of obliteration.

Addiction the authoritarian…

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10 uplifting quotes for the not so good days

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Today out post is on quotes! It’s completely normal in life to have not so good days whether you have a chronic illness or not. Even Dizzy gets them!

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But we’ve always found quotes to be amazing to help make us feel more hopeful and positive about life! Today me and Dizzy have made this post to share our top ten favourite quotes for these moments.

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  1. Alice: This is impossible. The Mad Hatter: Only if you believe it is. – Lewis Carroll

2. You’re allowed to scream, you’re allowed yo cry, but do not give up. – Unknown

3. It doesn’t matter how slow you go, as long as you don’t stop. – Confucius

4. You may not always end up where you thought you were going, but you will always end up where you are meant to be. – Jessica Taylor

5. Be realistic: Plan for a miracle. – Osho

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I’m Not A Fan Of People Who Constantly Gripe and Moan About Their Life

I am not a complainer.  Or should I say I complain but I don’t make a habit of doing so.  I am especially quiet when it comes to the pain my body experiences due to my MS.  I’m not a fan of people who constantly gripe and moan about their life.  I know this post is going to ruffle some feathers, but I need to get this off my chest.

I understand life can be difficult.  After all I live with a disease which is trying to kill me, worse case put me in a wheel chair; best case take away my lifestyle.  But I don’t complain.  This is the hand dealt me and it is my job to do the best with what remains.

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I especially don’t have sympathy for those who complain about pain or how they feel while they have weak eating habits and make excuses as to why they cannot exercise at all, ever.  I read a story of a girl who was wheelchair bound who lost nearly 60 pounds by watching her intake and finding exercises she could handle.  Disease does not make you eat poorly.  And the vast majority of people can find some type of exercise to which they are capable; IF they want to.  “If” being the key word.

I know some will get upset at what I am saying and I’m okay with it. But before you get upset and jump on the defensive, stop and think.

 

Something you shouldn’t say to someone living with a Chronic Illness

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Quite often I see posts on social media about annoying things people say to someone living with a chronic illness. One of the most annoying comments is You don’t look sick. Referring to the fact that if we maintain a somewhat normal life and appearance. Do our hair and makeup. We must not be sick. As wrong and annoying as that comment is for me I find it more annoying when I have spent 2 to 3 hours to make myself look good and there is always that one person that wants to point out the one thing you missed or maybe just chose not to do. I’m thinking hey I look good. I might even go as far as to say (looking in the mirror) hey girl you still got it going on :). I know what I looked like before and what it took to get myself ready.

It’s…

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Today’s Reblog Winner…Pain Pal’s Blog!!

Today’s Reblog winner is …Pain Pals Blog!

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Calling all bloggers – do you write about chronic illness?  Have you found the Chronic Illness Bloggers yet?  We are a group of like minded individuals who link up and support each other on our blogs, Facebook pages, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram….you get the idea.

Our blogs range from posts on individual illnesses – pain, fibromyalgia, EDS, mental health, migraine, Lyme disease, to name but a few – to reviews of products, books etc., coping mechanisms, recipes, blogging tips and living life!  Come and join us.

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How to make Dizzy approved brownies

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This weekend me and Dizzy have been making brownies! I love these as they are healthy (also dairy, gluten and refined sugar free!) and taste just like normal brownies. Dizzy seemed to love them…

A Little Right Of Center

Welcome to Being Lydia!

Daily Prompt – Center

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My mother used to call people who had emotional problems “a little left of center”. She wasn’t trying to be mean, it was just her way of acknowledging they were different. I think the fact that her own Mom and aunt on her dad’s side were treated for depression and other conditions made her uncomfortable.

When my mom herself had a breakdown related to menopause, she felt ashamed of herself for having those previous feelings.

However, when I was diagnosed with depression, OCD, anxiety, and later bipolar, she was less than sympathetic. I had become an embarrassment and a burden on the family. I was actually shocked by this.

Then one day I got a phone call from Mom asking If I could please come over and talk to Dad. All she said was “he isn’t feeling well and wants you.” I was headed out to…

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