breakups
mental health
Oh, by the way, this is THE WORST POST I'VE EVER WRITTEN.
c-sections
My #1 priority was a healthy baby, but escaping pain was a close second.
tattoo
I've already spent $1,300 to get my ankle tattoo removed and I'm not even finished. And the pain. Don't get me started on the pain.
in

Jun 24, 2014 at 3:00pm | 247 comments

pain
Some days, it feels like demons made of fire are gnawing on my muscles, or like knives are stabbing me in every major muscle and joint.
endometriosis
Most days I laid in bed and suffered, convinced that either I had some kind of cancer eating me from the inside out that no doctor could find, or that they were right and there was nothing wrong with me and the pain was an invention of my twisted mind.
healthy
I am happily married. I am not asexual. But I haven’t had sex in almost two years.
in

Feb 28, 2012 at 11:00am | 90 comments

degenerative disease
I can't help thinking that if I don't mark things off my bucket list right now, I probably won't be able to ever do them again.
falling
There I lay -- naked, alone in my apartment, as the Guy I Married was out doing something asinine like getting a PhD, and every attempt to stand up or even move was thwarted by shooting pain emanating from the right side of my back.
in

Jan 10, 2013 at 9:00am | 78 comments

abusive relationships
ihtm contest
He is high on methadone. And Norco, and muscle relaxers with a little medical marijuana sprinkled in and some beer to wash it all down.
ihtm contest
Cluster headaches are very rare -- less than .1% of the population will ever experience one -- and many doctors agree that it is the worst type of pain a human will ever experience.
chronic illness
The most profound lesson I've learned from three decades of chronic pain? Never settle for less than what you want out of life -- even when it hurts.
edema sucks
Whenever I get a tattoo or piercing (I have cartilage piercings in both ears), one of the first things people ask is, "Did that hurt?"