Tag Archives: chronic pain

Flayed Alive

I used to love to enthrall my history students with tales of the Assyrians. They would flay their victims while they were alive and parade them in cages to the next village on their map of conquest in order to … Continue reading

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Two Kidneys, Two Clots, and a Tumor Called Floyd

Cancer sucks on so many levels. Indeed, many liken the Stage IV experience to a roller coaster because of the ridiculous numbers of peaks and valleys with little time in between to catch your breath. And so it was for … Continue reading

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Rear View Mirror

The human body does a wonderful thing by making you forget pain.  You know you had it.  You can kind of describe it–using the words you coined when it was at its worst.  You can sometimes point to where it … Continue reading

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What I Did On My Autumn Paincation

Life has sure been a challenge since late September.  A period I have begun to call my paincation.  It has been a rough couple of months physically and psychologically Just at the point that every challenge turned me into a … Continue reading

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Professional Identity in Crisis

Today might be the hardest hit I’ve taken with this breast cancer crap.  In mid-September, I woke up and my lower back hurt.  I took it in stride, took two Motrin, and waited for it to pass.  It stayed.  I … Continue reading

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Ladders

The older I get the harder it is to remember stuff.  There was a time that I could repeat the title of every song on every Queen and Led Zeppelin album–in order and chronologically.  Now I’m lucky if I can … Continue reading

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