Letter Board No. 29

Monday – the day when even my coffee needs coffee.

I am a huge fan of coffee. My love of Mondays doesn’t extend quite that far, but I try to approach each week with a good attitude towards what I can accomplish each week. I started my Letter Board series as a way to inject some #MondayMotivation into the week. Today, you get a Monday morning letterboard two-fer, because I am using my powers for good rather than evil. 😉

I hope my caffeine uses its powers for good rather than evil today. @photobaugh

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We Interrupt this Blog…

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

It has come time for me to take a hiatus from my blog. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. I will be writing blogs and putting together letter boards to promote that at work. (Here’s one I posted three years ago about cybersecurity for bloggers.) I will be speaking later in the month at a conference on Cybersecurity. As such, I find I don’t have the time/energy for any additional creativity this month and need to give myself permission to breathe. Living with a chronic condition, I find it is sometimes difficult to give myself such permission.

Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.     

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Letter Board No. 28

“Even when it’s dark, the stars come out.”

It’s the last day of Pain Awareness Month and I wanted to share a quote to remind everyone not to lose hope. Chronic and acute pain can often lead to exhaustion, depression, or despair. Maintaining a positive outlook that better days are ahead can help overcome some of that. Hope for less pain, better treatments, or maybe even a cure.

“Don’t lose hope. Even when it’s dark, the stars come out.”

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Letter Board No. 20

Just a quick one for a Monday morning. Anyone else feel like the weekends just aren’t long enough? 🙋🏻‍♀️ My to-do list is overflowing lately and there just isn’t enough time to get it all done AND relax a bit on the weekends. Sigh….

Perhaps it’s the exhaustion and pain (fibro flare) that I am still suffering. But this describes my Monday mood…. More coffee, please. Extra shot.

Nonetheless, I hope you all have a wonderful week! Do something wonderful for yourself!! Self-care is selfless, not selfish. (More on that later.) I am taking Friday off to knock off some things from that list. 😉 But first, coffee.

Cheers!

Cynthia

Diagnosing Chronic Shoulder Pain

Practicing medicine is just that, practicing. Sometimes you have to fight for a diagnosis.

This post is long overdue, but I just couldn’t write it until I felt I had a positive update. As someone who lives with chronic pain from neck and back issues, alongside my fatigue and pain from fibromyalgia, it’s sometimes hard to differentiate a new pain from the same old aches and pains.

“Sometimes the curiosity can kill the soul but leave the pain.” ~Alice in Wonderland

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Five Travel Tips for Fibromyalgia

Airport travel is challenging enough, but the challenges multiply when traveling with a chronic condition.

“Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.”

I love traveling. Or at least the part where you actually get somewhere and you can relax, sightsee, visit with friends or family, or whatever is on the agenda. The actual part where you’re sitting in an airport, on a plane, or in a car isn’t always the most pleasant or comfortable these days.

I can’t remember the last time I had an entire trip that had “smooth sailing” when flying with our airlines. Flight delays due to weather or mechanical issues, crew changes, dumping fuel, refueling, scheduling and logistics issues all wreak havoc on your ability to get somewhere on time. Three times this past year I have been rerouted to another city because one of these things. And now I am preparing to head to Florida just days after Hurricane Michael is expected to make landfall with storms expected at home when I leave.

Airport travel is challenging enough between allotting enough time to get through security and arriving before your actual scheduled flight time. Add to that an illness, injury, a chronic condition, or fibromyalgia, and the challenges multiply. Will I be having a flare? Will my back or leg pain act up? So how does one manage travel delays and stressful times when you have a chronic condition?

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Why I Practice Yoga for Pain

Yoga can help you with many health conditions, including stress, anxiety, and pain.

It is #NationalYogaAwareness month and #PainAwarenessMonth, so what better time to post about why one is good for the other! ❤

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