I think most people with chronic pain are familiar with this concept, but maybe you haven’t articulated it. When I started doing Pilates and experimenting with different types of bodywork, like acupuncture, chiropractic work, cupping, electrical stem, gua sha, etc., I started to really clarify this point for myself and my practitioners and trainers. Good … Continue reading Good Pain Vs. Bad Pain
(Or at least part of it!) It’s not just the elderly that get their meds delivered by the mail. It’s also the disabled. And in the pandemic, it might be everyone. If there was a time to not gut the USPS, it would be in a pandemic. Especially now, the USPS is a lifeline for … Continue reading Save the USPS, Save America
Today I got cupping done. It hurt and I knew it would make things better so it was really worth it. I saw a medical massage therapist who does cupping. This is a real thing in case you don’t know: if you need a massage or bodywork done and you have a chronic condition or … Continue reading Cupping: A luxury?
So Disability Pride Month ended yesterday. I didn’t even realize it had begun. I did realize that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was celebrating its 30th birthday because I did too this year. Disability Pride Month is an annual celebration that Americans with disabilities have at least some rights now. In theory, I’ve always … Continue reading Making Disability Visible
Do you use identity-first or disability-first language? This is a continual negotiation for people with disabilities or disabled people (depending on which language you use). Our diagnoses and conditions shape our identity and we shape how we relate to them with our language. One way we also do this is by being possessive of our … Continue reading “My” Anxiety