Tips for reducing the control that anxiety has on us

If you live with anxiety of any kind, I hope this is of help to you. Anxiety and panic attacks were a big problem for me for a long...

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A body in pain has a brain like a heat seeking missile

When you are in chronic pain, especially if you have multiple areas where you experience pain, your brain is like a guided missile system. In other words, it is...

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How I overcame the freeze stress response after an anxious situation

If you suffer with anxiety, you know just how crippling it can be. As horrible as it is, anxiety is actually a normal, instinctive human emotion that everyone experiences...

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Thanksgiving quotes we can apply to our lives every day

Quotes are some of my favorite things. Some of them I read or hear and they go in one ear and out the other. Then there are some that...

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Negative thinking is like a self-induced autoimmune disease that can make life miserable

I need to preface this article by saying that I am not equating an autoimmune disease with how we think. What I am saying is that the way we...

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Be kind to your pain. It’s crying for your attention

I have lived with chronic pain from a neurological movement disorder called dystonia for over 20 years. Chronic pain does not follow any rules, and after multiple beatings, we can lose...

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Another painful reminder how stress increases pain

The other day I had a water leak in one of my closets that needed immediate attention. While I was cleaning it up, I reached my arm a certain...

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Understanding and improving our stress response to reduce pain and suffering

Having lived with chronic pain from dystonia for over 20 years, I spent most of that time focused on treating the physical symptoms. This has been very important and...

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Perspective on pain and suffering – Is it all in our head? Powerful words from a fellow patient

As many of you know, I have lived with a painful neurological movement disorder called dystonia for the past 22 years. Utilizing different treatments, therapies, extensive self-care and plenty...

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How do we move beyond pain and suffering?

We have all at one time or another experienced pain and suffering of some kind. I sure have, living with dystonia for over 20 years, the first 5 of...

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How resilient are you? Probably more than you think and give yourself credit

Having lived with chronic pain and involuntary muscle contractions from a neurological movement disorder called dystonia since 2001, I felt defeated many times. But I am still here battling...

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The power of our inner dialogue on our health

I believe very strongly in the power of thoughts and words as it relates to my health. I say this because I have lived with a painful chronic neurological...

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Thanksgiving quotes we can use every day

Quotes are some of my favorite things. Some of them I read or hear and they go in one ear and out the other. Then there are some that...

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We have to stop beating ourselves up when we are in pain

Chronic pain reminds me of a bully that picks on kids in the schoolyard every day. Like the bully, chronic pain does not follow any rules and after multiple...

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How getting lost in physical and mental pain helped me find myself

In the summer of 2001, I developed a neurological movement disorder called dystonia. Dystonia is the third most common movement disorder after Parkinson’s and essential tremor. In the very beginning,...

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