The Mystery of Healing

Many walking wounded (or rolling, as the case may be) are among us.  Buddhism teaches that pain is inevitable in life, but suffering is optional.  A primary lesson the Buddha taught is that pain + resistance = suffering.  It’s not the easiest concept to digest when you or someone you love is in pain.  It…

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Nameless energy

I find that when I don’t write for several days I have a tendency to wake-up with a nameless energy that feels like anxiety, or panic.  That has been one of the reasons I’ve wanted to write my whole life (literally and figuratively).  Two nights ago we (my husband, sixteen-year-old son, and I) spent a…

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Making peace with pain.

Constant physical pain in some part or all of my body has been my reality since about eight months after my son was diagnosed with Ataxia-Telangiectasia in July of 2000.  It started with pain in my arms, then my legs, which led to all over body pain.  I saw many doctors, had many tests, and…

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Headache – Day?

This is a true test of my ability to survive ongoing pain without going crazy.  Rather than blog, I’m going to ask for any chronic headache sufferer to respond with what has helped break the cycle for them.  If you’ve had chronic headaches that go on for weeks, how have you ended the cycle?  Thanks…

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Fatal

When your child is diagnosed with a fatal condition at the age of 3, your life is changed irrevocably.  Hearing they will lose the ability to walk, feed themselves, and be independent is hard enough, but putting a limit on the number of years you will be together is catastrophic.  The neurologist tried to put…

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Broken

There is no question that I inherited some mental illness from the gene pool that determined my being.  Working with it has been one of the biggest challenges of my life, and continues to be.  Since before I was born a message was embedded in my consciousness that something about me was “broken”, fragmented, not whole.…

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