Monthly Archives: May 2012

Shopping: Finding Your Passion

“We are shaped and fashioned by what we love.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Learning How to Revert to Normalcy Everyone’s normal is different.  Sounds funny, right?  But it is so very true.  You cannot live your life comparing yourself … Continue reading

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Finding Hope: Not All Experiences are Equal

“The value of another’s experience is to give us hope, not to tell us how or whether to proceed.” – Peter Block How Do I Translate Personal Stories into Experiences I May Have? CRPS of the Right Foot The answer … Continue reading

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Walking: Painfully Awkward Moments

Baby Steps “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”  – Friedrich Nietzsche At my age, I see a lot of friends posting pictures of their babies’ first steps online.  I’ve never really pondered what those babies must feel at … Continue reading

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Emotionally Disjointed: A Testament of the Highs and Lows of CRPS

“The optimist says we live in the best of all possible worlds and the pessimist fears this is true.” -Unknown Since I can remember, I have worn my heart on my sleeve. But since receiving the diagnosis, I can feel … Continue reading

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The Wrong Diagnosis: Denial

We Must be Missing Something “An illness is like a journey into a far country; it sifts all one’s experience and removes it to a point so remote that it appears like a vision.” – Sholem Asch But I’m “young … Continue reading

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What I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Crutches

Warning Labels Upon receipt of my new set of crutches at the hospital, they lacked the accompaniment of written instructions.  It sounded simple.  Grasp the handles while holding your weight and limp with your good foot.  In my opinion, they … Continue reading

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16 Hospital Bracelets & Other Tales of Success

Today we celebrate a number of small victories. Sweet 16 16. You are looking at my 16th hospital bracelet in 5 1/2 months. X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds, surgeries: my supervisor at work refers to this as my “great adventure,” followed by … Continue reading

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A Journey of a Thousand Miles Begins with a Single Step: CRPS & Small Victories

Celebrate Small Victories I’ve always heard that in order to become more optimistic, one must learn how to celebrate each and every victory – even those that seem so small. Today is very much a day for the celebration of … Continue reading

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Torture, Also Referred to as Treatment by Doctors

Spring is Here!

Newly blooming Bottlebrushes in our front yard: my prized plants!

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The Beginning: A Realist Gets a Dose of Reality

Avoiding Reality & Limitations Pessimistic: a word with such negative connotation. Instead, I’ve chosen to refer to myself as a realist throughout my life, as if modifying a word magically transforms its true meaning. Wordsmithing at its finest. I have … Continue reading

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