Stick to the Facts to Keep Stress and Anxiety at Bay

I’ve learned that I can save myself a lot of needless stress and anxiety if I catch myself before I start spinning stories that go beyond my direct experience.

20 Tips for Living Well with Chronic Pain and Illness

Herein, a list of 20 tips to help with the health challenges all us face at one time or another in life.

Multitasking + Chronic Pain and Illness = Bad Idea!

I want to share a story about how I recently put my relationship with multitasking to the ultimate test…and failed miserably.

What is a Life Well-Lived?

I like to take a step back from my daily concerns and ask myself what it means to live a good life. What would I be thinking about each day? What would I be saying and doing?

Top Ten Health Tips That Have Never Worked for Me

Ever since a seemingly acute viral infection in 2001 turned into a chronic illness, I’ve received dozens and dozens of tips on how to regain my health.

How to Mindfully Turn an Unpleasant Experience Around

If you make a conscious effort to pay attention to the full range of your present-moment experience, you can often transform an unpleasant experience into a pleasant one.

4 Tips for Dealing with Unsolicited Health Advice

Despite our attempts to be honest with family and friends about not wanting advice, some may continue to give it. This calls for self-protection in the form of self-compassion.

Which Buddhist Teachings Might Be Most Helpful?

Examine the teachings in light of your understanding of what is harmful and leads to suffering, and what is beneficial and leads to peace and well-being.

Denial Only Makes Chronic Pain and Illness Worse

It’s better to live within the limits of what I can reasonably do than to pretend things are as I wish they would be.

Give Your Mind a Rest: Practice Not-Thinking

Discursive thinking—the constant stream of one thought following another—is a deeply ingrained habit. It’s so ingrained that we often start thinking just to occupy our minds.

14 Tips from 14 Years Sick

#14: When all else fails, go to bed.

You Can't Fix Everything

I’m much more at peace since I stopped trying to fix everyone’s life, including my own.

How to Cope with Side-Effects of Medications

Many of us who suffer from chronic pain and illness are on medications with side-effects that, in some cases, can be as difficult to cope with as our initial health problems.

Four Years Out: My Favorite “Turning Straw Into Gold" Pieces

My personal favorites cover a broad range of subjects and are spread evenly across the four years. I invite you to browse through the list and read those that spark your interest.

Adoption Diary Pt. 3: My Daughter in Her Own Words

Before I became a mother, I had thought of my life as having begun when I was adopted.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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