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.

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...

Oscar Films That Realistically Depict Life for the Disabled

Here are twelve Oscar-nominated films that are strikingly honest in their depiction of the disabled.

More Confessions of a Sick Person

When I’m alone, my eating habits are fit only for my dog to see.

Has “Downton Abbey” Jumped the Shark?

Read about Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes' frustrating relationship, Bates and Anna's miseries, Lord Grantham and his money woes, Mrs. Patmore and her yelling, the mopey Mr. Molesley.

A Not-To-Do List For Caregivers of the Chronically Ill

The National Family Caregiving Association found that over 60% of caregivers who provide at least 20 hours of caregiving a week suffer from depression.

5 Tips for Handling a Bad Mood

I don’t get in bad moods very often, but it happens and, to be frank, it feels awful. Here are five suggestions for skillfully handling a bad mood.

Top 10 Things I Learned from Writing Two Books

To my great surprise, I’m now officially the author of two books. If you’d asked me a few years ago if I’d ever be a published author, I’d have said, “You’re kidding, right?”

My New Year’s Wishes for the Chronically Ill

Here are my hopes and wishes for the new year...

All About Kindness: Quotations, Reflections, and Photos

“Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.” —Eric Hoffer

Six Common Misconceptions about the Chronically Ill

My hope is that it won’t be long until these common misconceptions become uncommon ones as people become educated about what life is like for those who suffer from chronic illness.

Autumn's Fullness and Beauty: Quotations and Photographs

Autumn is the season of contradictions. It’s often associated with the melancholiness of endings; yet it’s the season of harvest and thanksgiving.

4 Things I Won't Forget Should I Regain My Health

I’ve been chronically ill since I contracted a viral infection in 2001. Were I to recover, I’d take these four hard-earned lessons with me into the land of the healthy.

Halloween Riddles and Ridiculous-Looking Pumpkins!

Q. What did the skeleton say to the bartender? A. I'll have two beers and a mop.

The Better Way to Face Setbacks and Sorrows

When Rosanne Cash's musical career was put on hold due brain surgery, she was asked if she thought, “Why me?” She replied “No,” that she found herself saying instead, “Why NOT me?”

You Don’t Have to Believe Your Thoughts

I was an expert at making myself miserable by taking a neutral thought, turning it into a stressful one, and then spinning that stressful thought into an even more stressful story.

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