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Saturday, 04 June 2011 08:18

Charles Chronic Chat #6

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PainBy Charles

This week has been a good week for a couple of different reasons. My pain level this week has been pretty well, I say it's been down to five and lower most of the week. In my books this is a very good week overall. To top this week off I had applied for the Hardest Hit Fund Tennessee. I was notified that my loan was accepted and I was able to soon go in and sign my papers.

Monday, 30 May 2011 19:37

How to Turn Loneliness into Sweet Solitude

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Tony BernhardWhen my health deteriorated and I had to trade the busy life of a university professor for the isolation of my bedroom, the loneliness was palpable. At times, it was hard to distinguish between the illness and the loneliness. One day, a friend I'd met online, sent me this quotation from the theologian, Paul Tillich: "Language...has created the word 'loneliness' to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the world 'solitude' to express the glory of being alone." I was such a social animal that I found being alone anything but glorious. It wasn't even remotely sweet. But Tillich's words planted a seed and I began to investigate the meaning of "being alone." I realized that being alone in and of itself is neither positive nor negative. It was just a fact that now described a good portion of my life. If Tillich was right, it could be experienced as painful loneliness or as glorious solitude. So, I went online to see what people treasured about solitude.

Saturday, 28 May 2011 14:16

Charles Chronic Chat #5

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Chronic PainCharles Chronic Chat #5 Sometimes it's hard to know where to start writing. Every day I know I can describe to you how I feel physically, the pain that I have and describe it in detail. But what use is that to you as much as it is to me? I know the hardest thing for me to understand and to deal with is the acceptance of my now life and letting go of my before life. I never thought in all the years I've been alive that I would be disabled at the age of 40. Who would ever think that is, which life is, can end up as? Who would even want to dream that your life as you know it would end at the age of 40? 

Monday, 23 May 2011 16:02

Charles Chronic Pain Chat #4

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Chronic PainBy Charles

It is Tuesday morning at 5:02am. Saturday I went out for a drive to take pictures, hoping to get some shots of black bears. I know they would not be out posing and ready for me, but I was not able to find any. I did get some nice pictures of the Big South Fork River Gorge. I spent most of the day out, about 13 hours of driving, some walking, and reading about the Big South Fork Recreational area. Saturday night when I was home, I was in tremendous pain. I took at this time my third breakthrough pain pill.

Sunday, 22 May 2011 21:54

10 Tips from 10 Years Sick

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Tony BernhardOn May 22nd, 2001—10 years ago to the day of this post—my husband and I flew from California to Paris, planning to immerse ourselves in Parisian culture for three weeks. The second day there, I got sick with what appeared to be an acute viral infection. I spent most of those three weeks in a Parisian bed. Ten years later—I'm still sick. I didn't research what I should have learned the past 10 years. These are just 10 things I have learned. At the end of the post, I hope you'll share your own experience.   

Monday, 16 May 2011 16:00

Sick and Stuck in a Small Town

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Toni BernhardI live in Davis, a college town in the Central Valley of California. Now that a Target sits on the outskirts of town, maybe Davis is more accurately a small city. But I still think of it as a small town. Kids who grow up here tend to move elsewhere as adults, hungry for the taste of big city life.
Saturday, 14 May 2011 10:18

Charles Chronic Chat #3

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Chronic PainBy Charles

Since my last post, I have pretty much laid on the couch until yesterday. I had to try and sell some Blu ray dvd’s so I can afford to go for a defensive driving class I need to go to, to save from losing my Driver’s license. I was not able to get much, so I did not take it. $55 for 20 Blu ray? I thought that was way too cheap.

Toni BernhardIn Buddhism, equanimity is one of "four sublime emotions," meaning that, by cultivating it, we can help alleviate our suffering. The dictionary defines equanimity as "mental calmness and evenness of temper, especially in a difficult situation." That's as good a definition as I've seen for this central Buddhist concept. Here are three ways to cultivate equanimity no matter what health challenges you face.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011 17:22

Charles Chronic Chat #2

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Chronic PainBy Charles.

Over this past week since my last post (my first post), I have finally decide to go on a day trip. Saturday morning I woke up at about nine o'clock in the morning and left here at 10 AM for a day of driving and touring. The first place I went was Falcon Crest Mansion in McMinnville Tennessee. It is a mansion that was built by falconer and I am not sure about the spelling. It was said that this mansion was built to bribe his wife into moving out and did boonies away from town.

Friday, 06 May 2011 15:34

Charles Chronic Chat #1

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Chronic PainBy Charles

Chronic Pain is a full time job. Going to bed and waking up in pain is very difficult. Learning how to deal with this is hard, and accepting the fate that you are in now is mind boggling. How does one learn to cope? How does one learn to deal? 

I have been dealing with chronic pain now for 2 years and 4 months. I have yet learned to cope. I do know the times that I have learned to accept, is the days I cry. It’s like mourning your past life in order to be able to prepare for your current one. It’s a long rough road to this point in life of chronic pain.

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