Category Archives: pain

Surprise, surprise! PLUS a real hope

I got my access to WordPress restored! Yeah, it’s back. I made a mistake entering my “credentials,” but it was the right mistake. Far effin’ out for once. This posting is a good place to set and a place-marker. A … Continue reading

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Carrie Fisher, Chronic Illness, and Having a Sensayuma

When I learned that Carrie Fisher had died early yesterday, I did what most people who know me would expect: I sat in front of this laptop and I cried. “It’s what I do.” Now…see if  you can sense the … Continue reading

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Body and Body and Mind

One theory I heard long ago: physical illness is simply a way of subterfuge. The idea is that all illnesses are of the mind, of the improperly analyzed psyche, and that psychotherapy can rid us of our supposed physical maladies. This … Continue reading

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In memory of Lucy Grealy

Several years ago, while teaching at a community college in northern New Jersey, I scanned the textbook looking for essays I might use as writing prompts. I found an excerpt from a book called Autobiography of a Face by an … Continue reading

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Chronic Illness vs The Medical Establishment

First, the artwork. I considered using Eduard Munch’s “The Scream.” But by now, that’s probably the most overused and parodied piece of art from any period. So what I have here: a drawing by the English novelist, William Makepeace Thackeray. No … Continue reading

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