Monthly Archives: September 2013

After a recent bout with a 1st time muscle related back injury, I have a new appreciation of my everyday, chronic pain. If you've read my whinging about my back, (more here), you know that for me and many others, injury is a different kind of pain. The only positive thing about the injury is that eventually the pain went away. I do still freeze when I get an occasional twinge in the area of the back injury. Truthfully I'm terrified of being immobile again, and therefore totally dependent on others.

As for the chronic pain, I know that I've had Fibromyalgia since I was a teenager, but it wasn't diagnosed until much later. The Osteoarthritis was diagnosed when I was around 21 or 22. Way too early but it was an explanation for some of the pain that I was having since I was a teen.

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The pain and discomfort is with me everyday and it's taken me a few years to come to terms with it, after living with it for half of my life. But I have. I'm not accepting that it will always be, because life can change, I'm just accepting it for the time being. If I dwell on the pain and and what I can't do, my life will have unacceptable limitations.

Limits are hard for many to accept, including myself. Especially when trying to live life to the fullest.

What I can and have done is find ways around the physical pain. This meant changing my daily and weekly schedule. It meant changing how and when I exert myself. From exercise to household chores, to socializing. It meant continuing to build a new career for myself and not just taking any job that paid the bills. Which I know can be impossible for some. However know my limits and physically exerting myself, past those limits, can put me out of commission for a good week or more.

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I'll be riding this until the ground is covered in snow/ice. I can't ride every single day like I want to, but I do what my body allows.

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What I do, to accept how my body is, at this point in time.

I look for a highlight or something to be thankful for in each day. Don't get me wrong, I'm not dancing around in delight because I love being in pain and having limitations on what I can do, but I need to try to keep myself going. At times it can be extremely challenging, mentally and physically but I make myself do it. Thankfulness can be as simple as taking beautiful pictures by the river, to receiving a surprise package in the mail, to spending a fun afternoon with family and friends. Where ever you have to pull gratefulness from, pull it, appreciate and learn from it!

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Till next time,

Nadia

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The annual end of summer canning has continued. Well it's newly annual because this is just my second year. I'm also thinking of putting some of my entries into the local fair. Why not. People may love, I'll get a prize or I won't. It's also a fun day to spend out with family/friends.

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I'm also continuing to harvest my garden herbs, which will be dried or frozen for use throughout the fall and winter. I just realized the other day that I forgot to plant rosemary. Not that I use it a lot, but having a little would have been good. Oh well, next year.

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I'm still hoping to harvest another set of all the herbs before the frost starts. If I can help it I won't be buying any herbs over the next 2 seasons. I'm also going to bring in the green onions and chives to see if I can grow them as well. I'm a little obsessed with them and use them in everything that I can.

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Are you canning, harvesting or putting away your garden yields for the upcoming Fall/Winter season?

Till next time,

Nadia