I just finished reading SteveO’s latest book, Back Pain, Permanent Healing and HIGHLY recommend it. (Unless you care to suffer with back pain for umpteen years like I did.) This book is an easy read and focused primarily on back pain – a multi-billion dollar industry in the US. In it, Steve breaks down the… Continue reading Book review – a must read!
I was reminded of a conversation from several years ago that illustrated our tendency to cling to misery. I was picking up one of the kids from a friend’s house. While I waited in the living room, the dad was going on and on about his rental house. “There’s a leak in the roof and… Continue reading The devil you know
I made the mistake about mentioning, after a weight lifting class, that I was babying my shoulder. In times past, movement overhead with my arm would trigger muscle spasms followed by a headache of many days. During the height of severe MindBody Syndrome (MBS), even the back and forth motion of vacuuming would leave me… Continue reading Bad or weak and the stories we tell
Our kids have opened new worlds to us. In this case, Salsa dancing. So thanks to my beautiful daughter, Molly, Jay and I are taking salsa lessons. It is an absolute blast! And besides a great work out, it’s an effective way to give body shame a kick in the booty. (The booty you be… Continue reading When heart pain masquerades
Knee jerk reactions are a great thing when a doctor is evaluating you for a spinal cord injury. The emotional knee jerk isn’t so great because usually, it’s an angry response to a trigger. That’s what happens when a family member says something that turns you into an enraged 10-year-old in a blink. Or when… Continue reading Retraining the knee jerk
Sometimes I wish I was a bit more narcissistic. Oh, sure, I’m smitten with the watch out for number one complex as much as the next person. It’s part of our human nature. I’m talking about those that throw their weight around and bark at the first hint of offense – either real or perceived.… Continue reading Dealing with difficult people