I Have Cancer

It's a frightening thing to say; to admit. And on Valentine's Day 2019, I learned at my local ER that I have cancer. Chronic myeloid leukemia, to be precise. The same cancer that killed my husband's grandmother; a version of the cancer that plagues my grandmother now; a cancer that allegedly isn't hereditary; a cancer … Continue reading I Have Cancer

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Strangulation on Medicine: My Life as a Pain Patient

What is life like as a pain patient in America? I invite you to take a walk in my shoes.

On Opioids, One Year After DEA Reforms

It's been nearly one year since my researched article on the heroin epidemic (link) in my city, and I've been keeping tabs on the results of the DEA's new prescription opioid reforms. How have things have panned out for pain patients, and opioid and heroin addicts in the past year? Two years ago, National Pain … Continue reading On Opioids, One Year After DEA Reforms

Life is Pain, So What’s the Point?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PP8R2tl71g4 5 years ago I started down the long path of chronic illness. I have struggled (and continue to do so) through a series of varying issues, beginning with a little umbilical hernia. Right after that was fixed, I became pregnant with my last child which reopened the hernia and caused significant pain throughout my … Continue reading Life is Pain, So What’s the Point?