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The Benefits of Pet Therapy- Part 3

Coco as a Baby!

“A person can learn a lot from a dog, even a loopy one like ours. Marley taught me about living each day with unbridled exuberance and joy, about seizing the moment and following your heart. He taught me to appreciate the simple things-a walk in the woods, a fresh snowfall, a nap in a shaft of winter sunlight. And as he grew old and achy, he...


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Pet Therapy- Part 2- Pet Mirroring



When you are living with chronic pain, there are many days when you wake up and think: “Today is going to be one of those days.”  You know the day: you wake up feeling anxious, annoyed, cranky…the kind of day where you feel like if you have to answer one more question from anyone, you may go out of your mind?

Sometimes when I am having “one of those days,” I find that my usually...


Chronic Pain

The Benefits of Pet Therapy- Part I

This is the first part of a series on Pet Therapy and how your canine (or feline) friend can help control pain and emotional issues.  This is an introduction to my therapist, Coco, and how I discovered the benefits of Pet Therapy.

Almost 2 years ago, following my first spinal surgery, I had the brilliant idea of adopting a large, adorable puppy. 


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Underestimating Strength with Chronic Pain


Part of my gym membership includes two personal training sessions with the handsome trainer at the gym who seemed nice…until he tortured me for half an hour, that is.  I recently took advantage of one of my sessions with the trainer, whom I had spoken to on several occasions while working out.  He had given me tips before and he knew about my back and pain issues before...


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Dealing with Health Concerns and Anxieties

Currently I have multiple issues with my health, among other things, that I am waiting on.  Sometimes that is the worst situation to be in.  I am having tests done today and will spend the next week or so waiting anxiously for the results.  I also have appointments coming up where I need to make decisions that I cannot yet make without speaking with my doctors, which can tend to raise my anxiety.  I have many...


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Humor and Chronic Pain: A Top 10 List

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When you are living with CHRONIC PAIN, it is vitally important to try to have a sense of HUMOR about your situation.

I live with pain and I know that it is no laughing matter, and this is not intended to make light of a difficult situation, but I have also learned that if you don’t laugh about the challenges in life, you are likely to cry.

In the spirit of laughter, I have composed a top 10 list.
The Top 10 Clues You Live with Chronic Pain:


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An Overview of Anxiety


Anxiety and How to Treat It
There are many things to worry about in this life.  From the big things, like financial and health concerns, to the little things, like worrying you didn’t make enough food for a party, there are many things to worry about, every day.  It’s called anxiety.  What is anxiety?  What is the difference between “worrying” and an anxiety disorder?  What are the signs and symptoms of anxiety? How can you...


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Insomnia and Chronic Pain


I have been an insomniac, literally, since the day I was born.  As a baby, I think my parents thought they were going to go insane from lack of sleep because I simply never slept. As a child and later in my teens, my sleeping got worse, to the point of keeping my parents...


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Poor Treatment in an Emergency Due to Mental Health Bias


It happened again- poor treatment in the emergency room.  But, this time I am doing something about it because I am fed up with being treated like a drug addict, or a “crazy person” just because of the medications I HAVE TO take in order to move, or the incorrect diagnosis codes that are in my chart.  I did not CHOOSE to live this way and I do not deserve to be treated poorly...