Try A Little Tenderness!

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I can pass along from my experiences with pain. For me, there’s so much to say; where does one actually begin?! And then it hit me as I left an awesome massage session the other night, relaxed and ready to snuggle on the couch after a long day at work with a glass of wine (I know it should be water) and the remote (yes the remote!).

Let’s talk about what I’ve learned on how to best manage my pain.  I’ve had some real experience with this issue. I’ve had a broken foot, wrist, 5 broken toes (at once) and most recently a broken neck, not to mention over a dozen surgeries, including a hip replacement and two pretty serious bouts with Cancer, #cancer survivor. So I sort of know what I’m talking about on this topic.  I wish I could I tell you that I was a devotee of alternative medicine, a meticulous organic healthy diet and vigorous exercise.  I am not. 

I am a child of the 50s, from Italian heritage where exercise meant clearing the table and washing the dishes. I love great food and loathe formal exercise but I am physically active so that helps a lot. I am a great fan of traditional medicine.  I have had an army of medical professionals who absolutely have saved my life…more than once.  I believe nurses are angels without wings and that ER personnel are God’s gifts to mankind. I do however believe there is a place for alternative therapies. My bottom line is that you must find what works for you. Study everything you can. Learn about what ails you and what could work to make you feel better.

It’s important to treat the physical pain but don’t forget that the emotional pain can be just as debilitating. Be gentle with yourself. Follow your doctor’s orders and take your meds. Eat good food. Sleep well. Surround yourself with loving family and friends because laughter truly is the best medicine and strength comes from hope. When the physical pain needs attention, find things to make yourself comfortable; perhaps some hot or cold therapy, a cozy comfortable pillow, a really great supportive chair all of which you can find at and most importantly a hug and smile from someone you love…you’ll know where to find that.

Love and Hugs,


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