Cooking When You’re in Pain

Cooking when you're in pain or ill can be done if you break the recipe into stepsThis began as a post on how I made Stu the Duck into Teriyaki Duck with garlic rice. But, as I began cooking I realized that the way I was cooking dinner was far more important than the recipe. For those of us with chronic pain or illness cooking can be a daunting task. But it’s also important to us to serve delicious food to our families. I’ve come up with some tricks I use when I want to make a good meal but simply cannot cook a complicated, labor-intensive recipe.

Cooking When You’re in Pain

15 Ways to Protect Yourself & Your Family from Extreme Cold

While some parts of the country are going to get a slightly milder winter some of us will experience extremely cold temperatures. When Mr. C was undergoing his chemo and radiation our furnace broke down. It was terrifying! The actual temperature was -15 degrees and he was truly in danger. If you have elderly people living with you, someone who is ill, or children you need to learn these 15 ways to protect yourself & your family from extreme cold!

15 Ways to Protect Yourself & Your Family from Extreme Cold

How to Avoid Common Winter Injuries

The snowstorm we just experienced, that went into the wee hours of this morning left us with about 12 inches of snow. That was bad enough but the county came through and did their favorite chore; piling up a huge amount of snow that blocks each driveway. Knowing that we were going to have to get out there and try to clear both the driveway and the county created mountain of snow reminded me how easy it is to hurt oneself in winter.

How to Avoid Common Winter Injuries

How to Avoid Common Winter Injuries

Great Speaker You Must See!

I just read a post on The Enchanted Outlook which was wonderful. In addition to the great post Stacey directed her readers to a hilarious, insightful, and helpful video. You really need to read the post and watch the video!

I Ran Out of Spoons

For those of you unfamiliar with The Spoon Theory it was the brainstorm of Christine Miserandino. It’s not actually a theory but a way of explaining to healthy people why those of us with chronic illness or chronic pain can’t always do everything we want to do.  You can read The Spoon Theory here. A couple of days ago I ran out of spoons.

When you have chronic illness you can run out of spoons!
Read about it here




Brain Fog

It’s no fun when you can’t think the way you normally think. Brain fog is a frustrating condition brought on by many different conditions and even treatments for certain diseases! Whether you know it as chemo fog, fibro fog, pain fog or some other name brain fog is a real issue for many people.

Brain fog is real but there are things you can do to help yourself

Learn about chemo fog, fibro & CFS fog, and chronic pain fog here!

Inflammation Fighting Foods

Certain foods can help you fight the inflammation associated with arthritis. Learn about them here!There are many conditions that cause inflammation and they can be completely debilitating. Rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, and gout account for thousands of lost work hours every year. And the cost in pain is much higher. Along with any medications your doctor prescribes you may be able to relieve some of your pain with inflammation fighting foods. But not every food is right for every type of arthritis.

Learn how to fight inflammation here!


At least a couple of times a year I get a serious bronchitis infection or pneumonia. Having a weakened immune system is no fun. I’ve been telling myself for weeks that I wasn’t really getting sick again but apparently you can’t talk yourself out of pneumonia. Because it’s possible to have this illness without even realizing it I thought you might like to know a bit more about it. And explain why I may not be around much for a few days.

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Treating Neuropathy with Good Foods

My husband and I don’t travel any more. We actually rarely go farther than our youngest son’s home which is just a few miles away. Recently I’ve had an increase in my pain level so sitting in a car for any length of time is hard. But yesterday we took a little road trip. It was just over an hour drive but it reminded me why I don’t wander far from home. It also reminded me that treating neuropathy with good foods is something I need to think about more.


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