Chronic Illness & Relationship

Complicated Communication: Talking About Pain

If you live with chronic pain, you may relate to the message conveyed by this image. I know I do. The experience of having the severity of your pain doubted is not unique to people with chronic pain; it happens to people experiencing acute pain too.  For example, people with acute back pain may be…

Supporting Someone with Chronic Pain

Are You Listening? The box of words above contains statements, phrases and expressions that are commonly directed at people with chronic conditions, especially those “invisible illnesses” characterized primarily by pain and fatigue.  What do you think it would be like to listen to this? Are you feeling judged? Dismissed? Trivialized? Disbelieved?  Alone? Folks with invisible…