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Trauma Recovery – Shame Resilience – Self-Compassion – Coping With Chronic Pain

Chronic Pain

All of the posts under the "Chronic Pain" category.

When Chronic Pain Causes Shame, I Practice Self-Compassion

This post was originally published on Counting My Spoons in September, 2015. I thank Julie for providing the opportunity to share my voice with a large Spoonie community, and encourage you to check out her blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed.

When Chronic Pain Causes Shame, I Practice Self-Compassion by SoAngieWrites.com

Hi, I’m Angie. I live with Endometriosis, Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Neural Tension, and C-PTSD.… Continue reading

Angie November 22, 2015 2 Comments Permalink

What I Read This Week – Posts About Trauma, Chronic Pain, and Intention

I hope you’re finding some beauty in November. My participation in NaNoWriMo is sucking up my time and energy, but I wanted to stop in and share a few posts I enjoyed this week. The list is mostly about chronic pain, but there is one post about how childhood trauma can affect us, and another that’s focused on self-care in the cold months.… Continue reading

Angie November 15, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

Setting Boundaries is Self-Care

Setting Boundaries is Self-Care by SoAngieWrites.com #selfcare #boundaries #NVC #Spoonie #ChronicPain

Nonviolent Communication teaches that feelings exist to make us aware of our needs. Identifying our feelings and needs is an important skill, especially for those managing chronic pain. We want to do it all! We want to do it well! And that’s totally unrealistic!

This weekend, let’s try to identify one thing we need, then lean into the work of asking for help, setting limits, or even saying no.… Continue reading

Angie September 5, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

Empowerment in Vulnerability

Empowerment in Vulnerability by SoAngieWrites.com #vulnerability #courage #spoonie #selfworth

It’s sometimes scary to admit our feelings and needs, but doing so allows us to live empowered lives. If we try to keep everything in, we may miss chances for connection and healing. We may miss out on help and support.

Sometimes the risk of sharing doesn’t pay off. Sometimes people can’t meet us where we are.… Continue reading

Angie August 31, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

I am Grateful for Laughter

I am Grateful for Laughter by SoAngieWrites.com

I speak and write about feelings. I cry every day. I meet with others to express our struggles. We discuss our diagnoses and our pain management quests. We gripe about our providers, and the finances and tenacity required for any sort of forward movement. We live our vulnerable lives, and we share them.… Continue reading

Angie August 30, 2015 Leave A Comment Permalink

Angie August 25, 2015 4 Comments Permalink

Tending to the Pain of Comparison, Scarcity, and Shame

Tending to the Pain of Comparison, Scarcity, and Shame by SoAngieWrites.com #recovery #PTSD #spoonie

Injecting humor into the week’s lousy start via Snapchat

Last week started out kinda crappy. I was in a lot of physical pain and was making brave choices about my health care. Unfortunately, my doctor’s office was not returning calls about the medication my physical therapist wanted me on. The pain plus the frustration of provider run-around wore me down.… Continue reading

Angie August 24, 2015 2 Comments Permalink

Self-Care When Nothing Feels Good (Because Support Systems Sometimes Fail Us)

Self-Care When Nothing Feels Good (Because Support Systems Sometimes Fail Us) by SoAngieWrites.com

Taking care of ourselves requires identifying what soothes us. This can be tricky when you suffer from chronic pain, mental illness, or other conditions which cause consistent struggle. I often write about my chronic pain journey, but today I’m going to share a mental health story.

Three years ago I was limited to using the mental health services program accessible through my husband’s employer.… Continue reading

Angie August 17, 2015 6 Comments Permalink

Shame Stories and Chronic Pain – Using Mindfulness to Heal

I woke up confused- fresh off a vivid, violent dream, and hurting from head to toe. Some days seem set before my feet hit the floor. Eyes open to yesterday’s struggles, and I’m wishing for a Teflon brain, so all my troubles could slide right off.

Painful mornings stack up, making it easy to slip into a story…

I feel too much pain.Continue reading

Angie August 12, 2015 5 Comments Permalink

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