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Elizabeth M. Christy lives in Northern Virginia with her husband James, son Jimmy (5), and daughter Lucy (newborn). She is the best-selling author of the children’s book "Why Does Mommy Hurt? Helping Children Cope with having a Caregiver with Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, or Autoimmune Disease," and blogs on parentswithpain.com and potomacfallsmama.blogspot.ca. Additionally, she works as a Systems Integrator for TASC. In addition to basic survival, Elizabeth enjoys writing, sewing (especially in straight lines!), and reading good memoirs.
“Why Does Mommy Hurt?” is a great resource to talk to children about chronic pain and illness. On this episode, we'll discuss the guilt and shame many parents suffering from chronic pain feel about their parenting. The fact is that parents with chronic pain or illness can be just as awesome as “normal” parents when it comes to raising kids, and if you love your kids, that’s all that matters. We may not be able to walk a mile to the playground, cook a 7-course organic meal from scratch, or volunteer on a field trip to the amusement park, but that’s not what really matters. If you love your kids, you will find your own way, and your kids will know it. Also, many parents in this situation feel very alone, especially when first diagnosed. There are millions of families out there in the same situation, you are not alone, and you have support out there waiting for you!
Chronic pain and PTSD frequently co-occur and they can interact in such a way that negatively impacts the course of treatment for either condition. However, integrated treatment programs are available that effectively address both conditions.
What is PTSD? PTSD is a mental health conditions that can develop in response to a traumatic event. Traumatic events are defined as experiences which involve death or the threat of death, serious injury, or sexual violence. Even witnessing a traumatic event happening to others, or learning that a close relative or close friend was exposed to trauma can result in PTSD.
It is important to know that experiencing emotional distress immediately after trauma is common and normal and happens to many people. Perhaps they cannot stop thinking about the trauma, experience tension and anxiety, and may be hesitant to approach trauma reminders in the first couple of weeks. For most individuals, these symptoms naturally decrease over time and then they go on with their lives. However, for some people, a traumatic event can cause severe and persistent emotional distress that will not recover naturally and result in PTSD.
For people who are experiencing chronic pain after a potentially traumatic event, it is not uncommon to develop symptoms of PTSD in this context as well. For example, scientific studies found high rates of concurrent PTSD and chronic pain among burn victims, motor vehicle accident survivors, veterans, and survivors of sexual and physical assault. And of course, people who suffer from chronic pain can develop PTSD following a traumatic event that is unrelated to their pain (and vice versa).
There are several ideas as to how chronic pain and PTSD develop and how they are related to each other. There is an agreement that prolonged avoidance is associated with the development and maintenance of symptoms for both conditions.
Becky Curtis founded Take Courage Coaching with a vision to share what she was learning--how to manage her pain so it wasn't the centre of her universe. In time, she gathered a group of professionals in counselling, coaching, and communications who are equally passionate about making life less about pain and more about living. Through the courage of those who know how to enjoy life in spite of their pain, others are finding their way back from the brink of despair. Her dream is to make pain management available to everyone who has chronic pain.
"Today, I still has the same pain, but it doesn't have me," says Becky. She lives in beautiful Montana, and shares life with her husband and family. "Every day is filled with sharing the secrets I have learned about pain management."
Join us as Becky shares her message of hope. "I want listeneres to know that they can borrow my hope and courage until they have their own. Life doesn’t have to be all about pain."
Learn more about Becky Curtis and her company Take Courage Coaching at takecouragecoaching.com.
Is our outlook concerning Love so skewed that Pain, Hurt, and Sorrow are the true emotions we unknowingly and inadvertently assign to it - yet desparately hoping for wonderful, joyful, blissful experiences?
Are we speaking true insanity here?
Most don't sit and reflect on this seeming reality they have created and joined hands with!
Remember: Songs don't write themselves; they - just like the News - are always direct reflections of the most dominant culturally-instilled viewpoints. In other words, their contents are being asked for, required, and fully supported by the masses.....
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Join Us - Nallagy & Jahwie - on the up coming Pluto-Nalagy Show.
On this episode of processing the pain Author Carlita Hodges the original Basketball Wife shares her journey of being married to a celebrity athlete and the pain she had to process, to step into purpose and begin to partake in God's promises. The founder of Purple Bottom Foundation, she is making strides in bringing awareness to Domestic Violence. Her story is one of tradgedy turned triumph.
How many times have you found yourself in conversations where someone brings up their painful past? It’s the broken record that comes up again and again and all the apologies in the world never seem to make it go away. So why do people do this? And more importantly, what can be done to put the past to rest?
Here’s what’s going on: When a person brings up the past, there is often something they want or need in the present. It’s evidence of what they need right now. It’s a here-and-now problem, not a past problem. That is why apologizing doesn’t work.
Regardless of what happened before, the person bringing up the past is feeling something similar now. They may feel hurt, unloved, insecure, misunderstood, or distrustful right now just like they felt before. They are trying to communicate to you what they need right now. Most likely, what they need is for you to understand how they feel in the present or what they need to change.
Unfortunately, many people do not communicate their needs directly. Some people may not even know what they need. Instead, many people express their needs in the form of complaints. “I need more attention” may come out as, “You never spend time with me,” which would naturally cause you to feel defensive. But defending yourself won’t work because the issue isn’t really about you.
Here are some things you can do to begin to overcome bitterness.
2. Make a plan
3. Stop Dwelling and Retelling
4. Seek Grace
5. Seek Professional Help
Join us tonight as we venture into Word Assassinations. Word Assassinations are those words or phrases that were spoken to you as a child that were merely meant to intimidate and or control children into behaving or doing something. For many those words lay dormant in their souls and have been proven to be repeated to their offspirng and some cases has cause that now adult to be stagnant due to a lack of confidence, low self-esteem and a feeling of unworthiness. Three males speak from various perspectives.
Parents are key knowledge users of evidence about children’s pain, and more and more are turning to social media for information about child health. Join us as we chat to Dr. Christine Chambers about pediatric pain, the impact of social media on parents with children in pain, and the “It Doesn’t Have to Hurt” social media initiative.
It Doesn't Have to Hurt is a unique science-media partnership between health researchers (lead by Dr. Chambers) and an award-winning online publisher targeted primarily to Canadian mothers, Erica Ehm’s Yummy Mummy Club (YMC).
Dr. Chambers is a clinical psychologist and Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Psychology & Neuroscience at Dalhousie University in Halifax and her research lab is based in the Centre for Pediatric Pain Research at the IWK Health Centre.
Children and adults with intellectual or developmental disability may not be able to always tell you that they are experiencing pain, but it’s our responsibility to understand there are many reasons that people with ID/DD are experiencing pain. In this episode of Pain Waves Radio by Pain BC, Dr. Beverley Temple discusses how we can improve the quality of life of those with ID/DD by addressing the issue of chronic pain.
Dr. Temple is an Associate Professor with the University of Manitoba, Faculty of Health Sciences, College of Nursing and a Researcher with the St. Amant Research Centre. Her research focuses on support of people with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities and Autism and their families.
This episode is generously co-sponsored by the Kootenay Community Council. The Kootenay Community Council, and other Community Councils around the province, work with Community Living BC (CLBC) to ensure accountability to communities, to inform CLBC of local trends and innovation, and to act in an advisory role at the local and regional levels. Community Living BC is the Crown Corporation that provides funding to support adults who are living with developmental disabilities in BC.
You can access the Non-Communicating Adult Pain Checklist mentioned in the episode on Pain BC's website. Find more resources to support you on the St,Amant website and the Surrey Place Centre website.
Please note we are no longer taking calls to Pain Waves Radio by Pain BC.
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