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to living life with chronic pain
I don't know about where you are...but here? it's hot! and it's sunny! (and I'm loving it!) but not everyone is. Is the sun too hot where you are? Do you spend time outdoors when the sun is at it's peak or do you prefer the cooler evenings when the sun isn't so strong? Whatever your preference is....do you wear sunscreen? I'll admit I don't always wear it and I have the tan to prove it, but I will if I'm going to be out in the extreme heat of the day or there is no shade available.
Have you ever stood in front of the sunscreen section wondering which kind to buy? What the best one is? Do you go for cost or do you go for the name brand? What do you look for when choosing your sunscreen? From water proof and sport active, to tanning oils and SPF 50...there are a lot of choices...but which one do you choose?
It can be a mind bender trying to find the one that works for you, so in an effort to help...I'd like to share some information today about sunscreen. This information is shared for your personal entertainment only and is not mean to take the place of direct care from a qualified professional. If you have any questions about what you read here, please speak to your doctor and/or pharmacist.
9500 Friends....Thank you!
The words "thank you" seem insufficient for the feelings I have right now. I wish I could say it better. To see the page grow and the website with it too... simply amazes me.
Thank you for taking the time out of your day to spend it with me!
There are days when I'm not feeling up to it and then I read your comments and the things you share with me and it feels like a big hug. I feel supported, we share a laugh, and even our struggles too. Thank you for letting me know I'm not alone, for your support, and your understanding.
Learning how to live a hurting life, truly is a journey...one of great pain but also of great growth. I hope that by sharing this website and the Facebook page with you, you are beginning to take a different kind of journey with your pain...one that sees you moving forward gently, loving, accepting and caring for yourself and your needs.
We do have choices, we do have options, and it's up to us to explore them to the best of our abilities. We can't change that we hurt now...but we can change what we do about it moving forward. Yes it's going to be hard, and I know you hurt, BUT! I also know it's possible. Will you take the chance and choose you? Will you move forward through your pain? Can you accept all that you are...even the hurting parts too? If you're saying no...I hope that by sharing this site with you...we can change that into a yes.
Please take good care of you and always be gentle.
The first place we lose the battle is in our own thinking. If you think it’s permanent then it’s permanent. If you think you’ve reached your limits then you have. If you think you’ll never get well then you won’t. You have to change your thinking. You need to see everything that’s holding you back, every obstacle, every limitation as only temporary.
~~Joel Osteen ~~
Picture taken by a friend...Tony Bondi
If you're taking prescription medications...would you ever join a clinical trial? What if you could help advance research with medications that could help treat pain? cancer? diabetes? Would you ever join?
I'm not sure I would. The thought of being a guinea pig comes to my mind to be honest. I do see how clinical trials are a needed thing because without them...drugs can't be tried, explored, tweaked, or even approved for use. There is a place for clinical trials...but would you do it? Just as the choice to use medications is a personal one...so is joining a clinical research trial.
Have you ever gone to your doctor and noticed signs from big pharma asking for volunteers? Has your doctor ever approached you about participating in a clinical trial or trying an experimental medication? Have you ever asked your doctor whether you could try a clinical trial? Even at your local university graduate departments...volunteers are needed there too. Would you ever volunteer?
There are some benefits to participating in clinical trials...medications are usually free or at a lower cost, you are closely monitored by a team of physicians and clinicians, there may even be a financial incentive, and you're getting access to the "latest" medications, therapies and more. Would you do it?
Today I'd like to share some information with you and ask that you give it some thought. If you have questions about what you read here...please talk to you doctor.
Before we get to the medication I need to remind you...
For this installment, I have chosen Norpramin
GENERIC NAME(S): DESIPRAMINE HCL
Uses: Desipramine is used to treat depression. This medication may improve your mood, sleep, appetite, and energy level and may help restore your interest in daily living. This medication belongs to a class of medications called tricyclic antidepressants. It works by restoring the balance of a certain natural substance (norepinephrine) in the brain.
OTHER USES: This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.
This medication may also be used to treat panic disorder.
**Please read this information carefully**
If you have any questions about what is provided here....talk with your doctor or pharmacist please.
Not every person is going to understand you, and that's okay. They have a right to their opinion and you have every right to ignore it.
Picture taken by my daughter at the Pinery
How often indeed?
When you read this...what did you think about? What did you remember? How often in your life have you completed a task that was beyond your capabilities when you started it? You know you've done it! You know you're capable of it! Right?
And you know what else? How you move forward now with your pain and/or illness can be another task you complete. Do you believe that? I do! and here's why...You've already done it...so what makes your pain any different?
is living life with chronic pain...doing the best I can with everyday.