For that we have each other…

The first time I heard Andra Day’s song, Rise Up, I immediately thought of it as a survivor’s anthem. I heard the refrain, and I thought about my daily struggles, and the effort I make to rise up and face each challenge. Then I saw the video, and I realized that I was so caught upContinue reading “For that we have each other…”

Retrospective: Month Two

I thought this would be a good time to reflect on my recovery and to remind myself how far I have come in a relatively short period of time. These are posts from my CaringBridge site. I set it up prior to my surgery to help me communicate with my friends/family. Hope this is ofContinue reading “Retrospective: Month Two”

Tame the Beast

Pain is one of the biggest complaints that I hear from other SCT survivors. I know it has been my greatest challenge. This video does a great job of explaining persistent pain.

Explain Pain Author on YouTube

In my last post I wrote about a book that my physical therapist asked me to read. Since then, I have been trying to find out more about the authors and their approach to pain. I found this video to be both informative and entertaining. If you have a few minutes to spare, you mightContinue reading “Explain Pain Author on YouTube”

The Good Old Days

When I was first diagnosed, I was furious with the universe. I remember thinking it was so unfair. After three years of sacrifices while juggling my career and classwork for my doctorate, I was ready to ease back into my “real” life. I had trips to take. I had family to visit. I had friendsContinue reading “The Good Old Days”

Grit: The Courage to Continue

Originally posted on Steve McCurry Curated:
? Tibet Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. – Winston Churchill Nepal Kathmandu, Nepal Over time, grit is what separates fruitful lives from aimlessness. – John Ortberg Charikar, Afghanistan Johnstown, PA, USA Grit is not just simple elbow-grease term…

Opioid Induced Hyperalgesia

My Informal Disclaimer: Let me begin by saying I am not a doctor, nor am I trained in any medical profession. I do not pretend to be an expert; I am simply a person who is trying to make sense of her own experience. I am sharing what I learn and experience here because IContinue reading “Opioid Induced Hyperalgesia”

Do What You Can’t

I know… it is an advertisement, but I saw it during my first week back at work after my spinal cord tumor surgery, and I have to tell you that it really resonated with me! I was feeling so broken, so fragile, so incapable of facing the challenges that were bombarding me. Then I sawContinue reading “Do What You Can’t”

Never Give Up…

So far I have been able to deal with my diagnosis in a largely abstract/academic manner. I have researched and planned and studied. I have been able to talk about it calmly with coworkers and family members. In fact, they have all been amazed by my composure in the midst of all of this. ThenContinue reading “Never Give Up…”

A new taxonomy for the Jabberwocky

After years of thinking I knew my Jabberwocky, I have recently learned that the Jabberwocky is not all together what I thought he was.  Oh, he is not completely different either, but some very important characteristics had somehow completely evaded me.  What? You are probably scratching your head, thinking I’ve taken too many meds today,Continue reading “A new taxonomy for the Jabberwocky”