Sunday, January 31, 2010
For me friendship is a precious thing. Many people can say that they are friends but don't really let the other person in emotionally. It is simply hard to do that and if one of the people betray that trust than a part of the friendship is essentially gone.
This is an important topic for me because I believe I have many friends, but only a few good ones. Unfortunately when you have a disability or illness no one wants to be friends with the person who is in pain all the time, takes medicine, etc.
Friday, January 29, 2010
The salad from Whole Foods...yum!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Sunday, January 24, 2010
Respect; To take notice of; to regard with special attention; to regard as worthy of special consideration; hence, to care for; to heed.
Living with RSD has helped teach me a lot about life. The biggest lesson it has taught me is that you have to respect yourself before you can respect others. It took me a while to accept myself for who I was and respect myself because of it. I had to accept the fact that I had this unrelenting pain and most of the time no one would understand what I was going through. I took that fact started realizing that no one really knows what the other person is going through. Another RSDer maybe able to empathize with another RSDer but their situations are not going to be exactly the same.Once you are able to accept yourself and fully respect yourself it is easier for you to respect others. This is true when it comes to relationships, it makes it easier to accept that person for who they really are.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Thursday, January 21, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010
I will be going back to school in the next few days. School doesnt start until Tuesday but I have the option of going back tomorrow. Im looking forward to seeing my friends who I havent been able to see over Winter Break.
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I help co-run a RSD Group on Facebook, when I came across a plea from a sister who's brother has RSD my heart went out to their family. It mostly reminded me of the start of my journey with this condition. I was scared, nervous, and didn't know what to expect.
Ive always been able to express how I feel both emotionally and physically. Thanks to a great friend who also has RSD, I was able to accept my new life and embrace it. I had to see a pain psychologist due to getting a Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted. She re-assured me that I could become a nurse I would just need a few accommodations in the work force.
Over the years these tips have helped me become a pain survivor:
1. Find someone you trust that you can talk to, it can be a family member, friend, or therapist
2. Find time to relax and decompress from your day, pain is often worse at night so let those muscles start to relax
3. Find a hobby or start volunteering
Monday, January 11, 2010
Yesterday after Church I made my mom and I a great vegetarian and filling lunch. I steamed some cucumbers and carrots with some salt and pepper. I then wrapped the vegetables in a tortilla wrap with a tad of Italian dressing. It was great and it left me wanting more. I love discovering new recipes and craving veggies instead of food that isn't healthy.
I came across an article that connects food and how it affects chronic pain. The article as talks about other remedies that can help relieve pain. Please check the article out. I am hoping to get more Omega 3's, Omega 6, and Omega 9 into my diet so that I can get the best anti-inflammatory affect that I can.
Saturday, January 9, 2010
Thursday, January 7, 2010
When my RSD came back full force at the age of 17 I lost a part of myself. I wasn't the athletic girl that I once was. I had to quite swim team halfway through the season because my foot was acting up too much. I could barely make it through practice without wanting to scream. When I got the RSD in my right arm I had to give up driving, get home tutored, and lost many friends. It became to the point in my senior year of high school that no one wanted to be near the "sick kid". Once I got my SCS I was elated because for me it meant freedome. I wasnt painfree but able to function enough to go to college.
Once I got to College and was living in a dorm I was able to find the true me. I was able to take time to accept my pain and get to really know what I wanted to do with my life. I believe I will forever have chronic pain. At the same time though I believe that I can make a difference in the amount of pain I experience by what I eat and simply how I view my life.