Do You Feel Like a “Health Hostage”™ Kidnapped by the “Chronic Illness Thief?”™

By Nancy Gordon, LCSW

Imprisoned in my body—that is exactly how I felt for too many years after a car accident. As I struggled with the shattering impact of fibromyalgia and a mild traumatic brain injury, I dubbed myself a “Health Hostage.”

My pain-filled days—and my sleepless nights—were consumed with the management of my physical symptoms.  At times, I felt I had no life—and the life I had hardly felt like living.

I know what it is like to descend ...

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Anything is Possible

My life had become a practice of patience.  I would tell myself, “ I can stand this pain for two more months,” and I would imagine that during that time I would find the reason for my pain and a way to make it go away.  For the next two months I would practice living life in a very structured and predictable way.  I would try to sleep as much and as late as possible (which wasn’t ...

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