Category Archives: Self-care

10 Things My Chronic Illness Taught My Children [The New York Times]

10 Things My Chronic Illness Taught My Children [The New York Times]

My children have a mother with a chronic illness. They live with my rheumatoid arthritis just as much as I do. I was given my diagnosis when all three of them were young, and since then I’ve spent a lot of time worrying about what the daily uncertainty of my condition would mean to them,Continue Reading

Pushing Children: Lessons From Chronic Pain

Pushing Children: Lessons From Chronic Pain

“Mom,” my youngest daughter, Isabel, whines, her copper hair sweeping across her freckled cheek. “My knee is killing me. It’s seriously the worst pain I’ve ever felt in my life. Can we please be done?” I take a deep breath and assess the situation. We are less than halfway into our hike through the cliffsContinue Reading

Medical Marijuana Manages My Chronic Illness (And Makes Me A Better Mom) [Scary Mommy]

Medical Marijuana Manages My Chronic Illness (And Makes Me A Better Mom) [Scary Mommy]

I started using weed to control the chronic pain from my rheumatoid arthritis (RA) after the night I scared the living hell out of my kids. “Sprinkle Butt!” I repeatedly called out to my youngest daughter, my lips puckered in exaggeration. “Come here and give Mommy a big kiss, Sprinkle Butt!” I’m told I also screamed obscenities at theContinue Reading

On The Trend to Demonize Mother’s Day

On The Trend to Demonize Mother’s Day

Every year at this time, blog posts and news reports appear begging mothers to consider all the people for whom Mother’s Day might not be a pleasant holiday. The growing trend is to request that mothers yield the day to those who have experienced loss. I have been a motherless child. I spent over two decades estrangedContinue Reading

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