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The newest addition to the Resources page is a tool called The Satisfaction Finder, which was created by life coach and spiritual teacher Jennifer Louden. Given how much time I spend at home alone with my thoughts, I’ve found this tool to be a lifesaver when I’m attacked by thought gremlins preaching their different variations of, “You’re not trying hard enough to overcome your illness, you’re not doing enough in your life, and therefore, you suck.”
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Here’s an article that explains “The Science Behind Baking the Most Delicious Cookie Ever“.
And while we’re on the subject of food, it seems that “Edible Chocolate LEGOs Exist, Childhood Dreams Can Now Be Stacked And Eaten“.
The blog Life in Pain featured a wonderfully articulate post titled “Letter to People without Chronic Pain“. It is one of the best resources I’ve found that describes what it is like to live with chronic illness. For example:
“Pain can inhibit listening and other communication skills. It’s like having someone shouting at you, or trying to talk with a fire alarm going off in the room. The effect of pain on the mind can seem like attention deficit disorder. So you may have to repeat a request, or write things down for a person with chronic pain. Don’t take it personally, or think that they are stupid.”
“Pain can sometimes trigger psychological disabilities (usually very temporary). When in pain, a small task, like hanging out the laundry, can seem like a huge wall, too high to climb over. An hour later the same job may be quite OK. It is sane to be depressed occasionally when you hurt.”
“Not all pain is easy to locate or describe. Sometimes there is a body-wide feeling of discomfort, with hard to describe pains in the entire back, or in both legs, but not in one particular spot you can point to. Our vocabulary for pain is very limited, compared to the body’s ability to feel varieties of discomfort.”