Posts Tagged: Lyme disease

Reframing chronic pain

One of the ways I make sense of my pain is by reframing what it means to have pain. In particular, I’m interested in the way I, and others, talk about pain. I’ve always been fascinated by the power of words and language; I studied linguistics at university, and I’ve been writing poetry since I… {read more}

“This isn’t what it looks like”: Outing the invisible pain of Lyme disease

This is a picture of me after a session of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) cupping therapy. TCM is one of the modalities I have used in my recovery from Lyme disease. The marks on my back here are made by heating the air inside small glass cups and then placing them on my back. As… {read more}

The bearable lightness of pain without suffering

Having lived with late-stage chronic Lyme disease for 15 years, I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the nature of pain. Pain can be useful and productive, such as the pain we feel when we touch a hot stove, it says “Quick! Move your hand!”, or the pain women experience during childbirth, which midwives… {read more}