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Friday Favourites: 2nd March 2012

Dear Audy,

It’s been a whirlwind of a week, not in the heaps of stuff happening way, but in the sense that time has been swirling past in a blur. I’ve been busy dealing with some pretty nasty flares and turning to distractions when my pain management techniques fall short of getting me moving again.


One of my favourite distractions is reading blogs! Here are five outstanding posts from this week:

Be Willing To Suck At It
on Crazy Sexy Life

I love this author’s attitude about learning. The truth is, when we first do something, we often suck at it, but we don’t have to perceive that as a bad thing. I once spent too much of my life only wanting to do things that I was good at, things that would result in compliments and recognition due to the sheer awesomeness of my ability to do them. I thought that many talents were born into people, things like drawing, singing, dancing and writing.

All the down time that came along with developing CRPS had me re-evaluate this perspective. I practised drawing and discovered that I could quite quickly get better at it by simply dropping the idea that I should be able to do it already (magically).

I also began singing as a form of stress release and have improved quite a lot. I’m not about to sing for you just yet, however I have noticed that over time my brain begins to connect the nervous system patterns that make creating particular sounds possible and that I can cultivate these into better sounding songs.

You can be sure that I majorly sucked at both of these pursuits before chronic pain, now they are things that I can enjoy and ways that I can continue to grow despite so many aspects of my life being stalled.

Small Victories Are Big Victories
on Painfully Optomistic

Ross is a fellow traveller on the journey through life with CRPS. He has been through a lot in the past 12 months (surgeries and setbacks) yet his positive attitude still shines through in his writing.

Small victories are one of the biggest things in the life of a person with chronic pain, it’s important to take some time to recognise this, lest we get caught up in the smaller struggles of day to day life.

from Kisses From The Fight

Jess writes in a heightened style that always plays beautifully through my eyes and mind. This is, by far, the saddest topic that I read about this week, yet that’s what makes it so amazingly touching.

The effects of chronic illness on the ability to have a family burdens many young women who live with pain. Sometimes, the choice is just taken away and sometimes the risks are simply too high.

“Babies and the possibility of not having them is rarely discussed. it is less spoken about when it’s the young. And even less again in the young and Chronically Ill. But this is my reality now. I am faced with complete heartbreak and uncertainty, as my body fails in me in the worst way yet. I am ok that my body has tried to kill me. I am not ok that it is trying to kill my future.” – Jess, Kisses From The Fight

Celebrate Your Successes
on Dream Delight Inspire

Counting the little things isn’t just for sick people, everybody can benefit from a little alteration in perspective. It’s too easy to get bogged down in the bad of something, however often when we step back to examine the bigger picture, we see that we’re still moving forward.

Chronic Pain Hope – Brain Changes can be Reversed

This article contains some great information about Central Sensitisation and the hope that it can be reversed. The gist of this piece falls in line with the reason that I practise Feldenkrais.

If I keep tipping the pain scale toward the lower end, then eventually the healthier patterns of movement will strengthen and overtake the malfunctioning habit that is chronic pain. I have made a lot of improvements, all small and all slow, but all amounting to a huge changes in how I use my nervous system and a brighter future ahead.

Have you read something interesting or entertaining this week, Audy? What sort of writing topics and styles do you find inspirational?

Love & Cocoa Beans,

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  • Friday Favourites: February 24th 2012

    Dear Audy,

    As it is Friday and this is the interwebs, I thought I’d share five of my favourite posts from this week in blogosphere. Enjoy the surf!


    In no particular order….

    Media Release: Ride to raise awareness for chronic pain
    on Body In Mind

    People with chronic pain tend to have mixed feelings about events that aim to raise funds or awareness through some sort of group physical activity. Some people love that any raising is going on at all, others are forlorn that they are physically incapable of participating. I think that both of these viewpoints are perfectly valid. What I found interesting about this announcement of The University of South Australia’s Ride For Pain event was this quote:

    “The first time I rode up Corkscrew Road I thought, there are so many metaphors here. You’ve got to be patient, you can’t go too hard, you’ve got to be courageous … all the things I required to get up that hill were what people with chronic pain require on a longer, tougher basis. Chronic pain is often still seen as socially unacceptable, with the topic swept under the carpet in much the same way as depression was, until recently.  We shouldn’t be looking at people with chronic pain as malingerers and fragile; we should be looking at them as tough and courageous and with potential to get better.” – Lorimer Mosely

    I can kind of see the genius in creating an opportunity for others to metaphorically (and a little bit physically) experience our pain as a method of creating awareness of such an unimaginable state of being.

    20 Simple Ways to Stoke Your Self-Confidence
    on Pick The Brain

    There are plenty of self help articles out there on the net, I loved this one because it’s written with this in mind:

    “Your identity is not locked to the past, to your parent’s expectations or demands, to your past failures, to your current view of yourself. Your identity is something that you can create every single day. Once you realize that, your self-confidence will begin to ignite.” – Barrie Davenport, Pick The Brain

    Overloaded and Under-fuelled: A case study
    on That Paleo Guy

    Those who have been following this blog for a while will know that I trialled a Paleo diet back in September last year and I haven’t looked back since. It’s the most satisfying approach to human diet that my logical mind has ever encountered. There are a few aspects of eating that are hard to get one’s head around as the knowledge flies in the face of conventional wisdom. This case study explores what can happen when people drastically cut the amount they eat and simultaneously increase the amount they exercise, and also why so many who use this method end up burning out.

    My MindBodyGreen Post: 4 Benefits to Being Imperfect
    on Going Down Swinging

    Maria is one of my favourite bloggers, her determination has inspired so much of mine in learning to cope with CRPS. I can relate a lot to this post, I too have been guilty of trying so hard to be perfect at everything that it was paralysing my ability to take on new challenges and lessons. Learning to let go of “shoulds” was a huge breakthrough for me.

    The Stigma(s) of Mental Illness
    on Neuroskeptic

    This article is fascinating, I had never really thought about stigma about mental illness differing so much depending on the particulars. I mean, it absolutely makes sense, it had just never occurred to me before.

    Have a wonderful weekend, Audy!

    Love & Linkage,

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