My name is Shelley. I turned to blogging when I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2011 after years of trying to find the answers to my health problems. The purpose of my blog is to let sick people know that they are not alone and that there are other people out there like them. I also hope to make people laugh along the way because laughter makes everything better. You can read my illness story.
A relaxing salt bath A bath can be wonderfully relaxing, especially when you are pain. I like to lock myself in the bathroom so no one will bother me. I take a book and a glass of ice water, and think of nobody but myself for a whole thirty minutes. It does wonders for my mental […]
Mother’s day is coming up soon and as usual I’m pretty ambivalent to it. May is such a crazy month it seems like Mother’s day always gets put on the back burner. Normally I get annoyed because my kids and my husband cook breakfast for me, and then leave the dishes for me to clean […]
Getting out of bed every morning when you have a chronic illness can be a daunting task. Healthy people often wake up at least feeling a little more rested than they did the night before, but when you have a chronic illness you often wake up feeling worse. Sometimes it feels like you’ve been hit […]
There’s nothing worse than being sick and stuck in bed. You’d much rather be out and about doing things and living your life, but your chronic illness has other ideas. It can be hard not to get depressed, and while there are no easy answers, here’s a few tips to help you out next time […]
We’ve all heard of the “opioid epidemic” that is supposedly killing innocent people who were given pain pills after surgery and turned into addicts who then died horrible, early, and traumatic deaths. I’ve addressed this myth here, and here, and here, but the myth continues on. Because no one is interested in facts people in pain […]
Inspiration porn is so ingrained in our society most people don’t even realize it. It’s something that people with disabilities and illness must face on a regular basis. My own friends and family regularly post inspiration porn on Facebook with pictures of a disabled person who has overcome their disability to achieve some remarkable feat. […]
I’ve been taking the longest blogging break I’ve ever had since I started blogging in 2011. At first it was temporary until I got my ducks in a row for our planned move, but things got away from me pretty quickly and I found myself running out of spoons for blogging. Moving is stressful for […]
Because of the opioid epidemic chronic pain is something of a hot topic these days. However, in these discussions the lives of people who live in constant pain are often overlooked. This is because the medical system is set up to fail people with chronic pain. Here’s just some of the ways the medical system […]
This post includes affiliate links, please see my disclosure policy for more details With the latest obsession about the “opioid epidemic” doctors and politicians are increasingly phasing out medication as a treatment for pain. Most often they like to point out that there are a number of coping techniques that people can use to deal […]
One of the hardest parts of living with an illness is the emotional toll it takes when people don’t believe you’re sick. It’s hurtful when people think you’re faking, exaggerating, wimpy, or just need to take antidepressants. This is compounded when you have an invisible illness and people are always telling you, “but you don’t […]
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