8 Pet Peeves about Doctors

I’ve had some excellent medical care but the following have happened to me and others multiple times, so I think it’s fair to call them Pet Peeves.

How to Talk to Yourself

When the going gets rough, I often speak to myself silently or softly in a soothing and compassionate voice.

Caught Off-Guard by Breast Cancer: First Impressions

Except for what I’ve been told by people who’ve written to me about their experiences with cancer, this was a new medical arena for me.

Mental Contrasting: A Smart Alternative to Positive Thinking

Positive thinking fools our minds into perceiving that we’ve already attained our goal, slackening our readiness to pursue it.

A Before and After Snapshot of Chronic Illness, Part 2

Since posting a "before" and "after" piece on life with chronic pain and illness, I’ve added sufficiently to the list that I thought I’d create Part 2. Here it is!

Christmas Traditions You May (or May Not) Wish to Celebrate

If you’re feeling ho hum about the same old Christmas traditions, check out these Christmas celebrations.
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Surviving the Holidays when You’re Chronically Ill

For the chronically ill—which includes those who suffer from chronic pain—the holidays can feel like a no-win situation.
Toni Bernhard

What to Do When Gratitude Is in Short Supply

If gratitude is hard to find at the moment, see if you can find just a thing or two that might help you feel good about the life you have. In other words, think small.

I’m Sick But What Is Wrong with Me?

I've been sick and in pain since May of 2001. Recently I’ve found myself saying: “Enough is enough. What’s wrong with me? Why do I feel as if I have the flu all the time?”

Let Autumn Lift Your Spirits

That first crisp fall morning when I need to put on a sweater before going outside is one of my favorite moments of the year. It feels like a new beginning.

How Distorted Thinking Increases Stress and Anxiety

"Personalization" is a trigger for self-blame. It occurs when you erroneously see yourself as the cause of an external negative event, even though you weren’t responsible for it.
Tony Bernhard, used with permission

Anything Can Happen at Any Time

“Anything can happen at any time” was a comment made at a Buddhist retreat by one of my favorite teachers —Joseph Goldstein.

20 Quotations on Generosity—a Profound Act of Kindness

“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity.” —Simone Weil
Tony Bernhard, used with permission

Puppy Pitfalls: Are Pets and Chronic Illness a Good Match?

In early June, my husband and I brought 12 week-old puppy into our house to join us and our 9 1/2 year-old hound dog, Rusty.
Theresa Johnson, used by permission

When Chronic Illness Makes You World Weary: A Guest Post

In August of 2009, Theresa Johnson was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Sjögren's Syndrome, and Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Top 10 Song Titles that Capture Chronic Pain and Illness

Thank you David Letterman for coming up with the Top Ten List. To bad "You Can't Always Get What You Want."

What It’s Like to Take a Vacation While Chronically Ill

Am I sorry I went? No. I freely agreed to go. I’m writing this piece to share what it can be like for a sick person to travel.

Surprisingly Modern Wisdom From Ancient Greeks and Romans

These ancient Greek and Roman philosophers and statesmen used few words to express pearls of wisdom that stand up today as guidelines for living wisely and compassionately.

13 Tips From 13 Years Sick

When I began to write for Psychology Today over 3 years ago, one of the first articles I posted was called “10 Tips from 10 Years Sick.” It’s three years later and I’m still sick.

7 Myths About Mindfulness

I’ve been practicing mindfulness for over 20 years.I think there are several misconceptions floating around about it. This piece covers seven myths about mindfulness.

How to Help Your Caregiver

This piece covers several ways in which you can ease your caregiver’s burden. It focuses on caregivers who are partners but these suggestions can be used to help other caregivers

3 Things the Chronically Ill Wish Their Loved Ones Knew

We appreciate so much all that our loved ones do to take care of us, and to support us. These are just three additional things that that we want them to know about us.

My Other Mother: Being Raised by “The Maid”

There’s a wall in our living room with pictures of my family. Once a day, I stop and silently address each of the them with love in my heart.

Resolving Conflicts When a Partner Is Chronically Ill

Illness ranks high on the list of life’s stressful events, so it’s no surprise that it can have a negative impact on a close relationship.
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Three Years In: The Top 12 “Turning Straw Into Gold” Pieces

I was pleased to discover that the top 12 pieces cover a broad range of subjects and are spread evenly across the three years.

How Chronic Pain and Illness Fan the Flames of Uncertainty

No one is immune from life’s uncertainty.

Springtime Unfolds in Quotations, Commentary, and Pictures

In the spring I have counted one hundred and thirty-six different kinds of weather inside of four and twenty hours. —Mark Twain

Highly Recommended: Guy Winch’s Book, “Emotional First Aid”

Guy Winch's writing resonates with me because it’s practical, whether he’s explaining how to make an effective apology or discussing the keys to recovering from failure.

The Extra Burdens Faced by Young People with Chronic Illness

From years of writing about chronic pain and illness, I’ve learned that young people carry several extra burdens, especially when their disability is invisible.

8 Life Lessons from the Winter Olympics in Sochi

Here are eight life lessons to take away from the 2014 Winter Olympics...

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