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Don’t Suffer in Silence: Why Talking About Pain is Good for You

Do you talk about your pain or do you keep it to yourself? so many people who live with chronic pain due the latter. And it's not always a good idea. In my new post for Mango Health, I write about why talking about your pain can be good for you:

"It’s not considered polite to talk about pain. With the possible exception of your doctor, no one is thrilled if you bring up the fact that you are hurting. Many people simply don’t know how to respond to the unique qualities of each painful sensation as you experience them. 

So we who live with chronic pain or other less understood symptoms, like insomnia, often learn to silence ourselves. When around others, we don’t wince or massage our aching body parts. We do our best to camouflage with makeup or a smile any signs that we are not feeling well.

Silencing our pain has consequencesAnd it has ripple effects. If you feel you can’t talk about your symptoms to the people closest to you, you start not talking about your health, p…

When RA Interrupts a Pro Baseball Career

Emil deAndreis had just signed his first pro contract as a baseball player when rheumatoid arthritis  went nuts in his body. His new book is a memoir of his life with baseball (an excellent book, by the way).  I interviewed him for HealthCentral:

""Almost everything good that has happened to me has its roots in baseball.”

In his memoir Hard to Grip: A Memoir of Youth, Baseball, and Chronic Illness, Emil DeAndreis tells the story of how he grew up with a passion for baseball and a dream to play pro ball. A dream that was snatched away by rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A lyrical, often funny, and very honest book, Hard to Grip is a compelling story of how a boy became a man while living and breathing baseball. I recently spoke to Emil about his book and his life.

Baseball dreams
“I’ve been in love with the game since before I could remember anything,” Emil said. Growing up in San Francisco in the late 1980s, he remembers going to A’s games in his father’s manual pickup truck.…

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What People with RA Want You to Know

Living with RA can be really hard and I'm not talking about the pain and fatigue. The reactions from people you meet and the lack of knowledge can create some truly unique situations. For my new HealthCentral slideshow, I asked the RA community what they most wanted others to know:

"Living with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) can be extremely frustrating. You have to cope not only with the condition causing pain and fatigue, but also with a lack of understanding from other people. We asked the RA community what they most wanted others to know about the chronic illness."

Help on over to HealthCentral to read the slideshow (and share with the world).

One Year Later

I'm so glad to be here.

I wanted to write something for today.One year ago, on March 30, 2016, things went south after I was extubated, I flatlined, but through some highly skilled intervention, I survived. That is one hell of a miraculous gift. Although I am normally full of words about the experience, the aftermath,, and all the feels involved, I find myself  oddly speechless on this, my first Zombie Birthday.

All I know is that I am so grateful.

So instead of writing a whole lot of words basically expressing that I don't know what to say, I thought I'd instead share some photos from the past year.

Life. Isn't it wonderful?

And this... well. It's my Zombie Birthday, after all. I had to. Thanks, Alex.