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198965_10150442174035226_3577768_nDo you remember being in junior high school when they would do the health assessment testing and you had to stand on that wooden board and bend over with your hands in front of you and almost touch your toes, then the nurse would look at your spine and feel along your back to see if it were straight? Well, every time they did that when I was a kid, they’d always have to call someone else over and ask me to do it again, and then sure enough, my parents would get a note home telling them to have my checked at my doctor’s office.

They took me to the doctor, but he said mine was mild enough there was no need to worry about it. After that, my parents never took me in again. Well, apparently, as I aged, this scoliosis worsened. Perhaps my parents should have taken me in again, but they didn’t and we can’t change the past. So now, in the present, I’ve been diagnosed with acute adult scoliosis, which really, comes from having untreated scoliosis as a kid. My spine is twisted, badly. One of my shoulders is considerably lower than the other, though most people don’t notice it–I do. Especially when I’m getting dressed up and I look in the mirror to see how I look, I can definitely tell. (more…)

Mama Told Me There’d Be Days Like This

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I woke up this morning in intense, sharp, excruciating pain. It’s a pain I’ve felt before, a pain I can’t really explain in words, but fortunately, it’s not one I feel often any more. I don’t know what causes it. I don’t know where it comes from. I don’t have any correlation to activities or foods or stressors that make it come on. It has some common elements: It almost always happens first thing in the morning; it doesn’t last very long relatively; and when it does come on, I know I’ll have a bad day. This morning’s pain was a little different in that it seemed to start with a headache. I don’t usually get headaches like some people do. In fact, until this year, I never understood what a migraine was like. I have since had three migraines this year, medication induced, we believe, and I have a lot of empathy for people with migraines. There’s something different about pain when it’s in your head vs. your body. It affects so much more about who you are, personality, mood, thought processes. (more…)

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