Saturday, March 18, 2017

Steep Drop-offs: Nagging Pain and Our Sixth Sense by Celeste Cooper


Nagging pain and our sixth sense, are you in touch with your body? Do you listen when your body talks?



  • Listen to what our body has to say.
  • Identify new activities, medication, food, or disrupted sleep pattern that could be contributing to our pain.
  • Surrender to our sixth sense.
  • Know the “yeast beast”.
  • SAM-e?
  • Sort the mail of our mind.
  • Identify and pay attention to perpetuating factors.
  • Keep our candles burning?
  • Know our body and mind stress signs.
  • Surrender is not an option.
  • Hellerwork?
  • Kindness is an antidepressant.
  • Medication safety and reporting.
  • Plan-Implement-reevaluate.
  • Watch out for steep drop-offs.
  • … and much more.


"This, the last of Celeste and Jeff's four seasonal devotions books, may just be the best of all. From its practical suggestions to its inspirational quotes and photos, Spring Devotions offers chronic pain sufferers daily bite-sized, easily digestible tidbits that educate, encourage and empower us to take control of our health and our lives. And as someone who likes to jot down personal thoughts in my devotionals, I especially appreciate the extra space for notes. All in all, Broken Body, Wounded Spirit…: Spring Devotions is a valuable asset for anyone living with chronic pain."
~Karen Lee Richards, Editor-in-Chief, Pro Health

Balancing Chronic Pain in Spring

I thank our readers. It is through your encouragement that I am sustained and lifted up daily. Every time I read a particular quote, a comment from you, a research article or advocacy piece, I think of you!

In healing,,Celeste
"Adversity is only an obstacle if we fail to see opportunity."

~ • ~ • ~ • ~ • ~ • ~

Celeste Cooper, RN
Author—Patient—Freelance Writer at Health Central & ProHealth Advocate

Celeste’s Website: http://CelesteCooper.com

Learn more about Celeste’s books at her website or find links here on Celeste's  blog. Subscribe to posts by using the information in the upper right hand corner or use the share buttons to share with others.

All answers and blogs are based on the author's opinions and writing and are not meant to replace medical advice.  


Monday, March 13, 2017

Ten Lessons from Pain by Celeste Cooper

Ten Lessons From Pain



“There is a difference in living a packed life and living a full life.”
~Celeste Cooper






There is always a lesson in adversity and living with chronic pain and/or chronic illness is no exception. When I sit quietly like the little wren, life’s messages whisper in the wind and fall upon my ear. In these moments I find purpose in the choices I make.  

Ten Lessons from Pain

(1)  Acceptance of what is.
(2) Compassion for the less fortunate.
(3)  Change is not a bad word.
(4)  Humility is a virtue.
(5)  Strength in not surrendering to stressors.
(6)  Commitment to self and others.
(7)  Flexibility to roll with the flow.
(8) Appreciation for things we would otherwise take for granted.
(9)  Empathy, we are on a level playing field.
(10) Patience, our inbox is not supposed to be empty.

[Excerpt, Day Seventy-five]

Each day in the Broken Body, Wounded Spirit series is followed by a thought provoking question and the Spring Edition is no exception. So, what ten lessons have you learned from living with chronic pain and illness?

Spring Edition



In healing,,Celeste
"Adversity is only an obstacle if we fail to see opportunity."

~ • ~ • ~ • ~ • ~ • ~

Celeste Cooper, RN
Author—Patient—Freelance Writer at Health Central & ProHealth Advocate

Celeste’s Website: http://CelesteCooper.com

Learn more about Celeste’s books at her website or find links here on Celeste's  blog. Subscribe to posts by using the information in the upper right hand corner or use the share buttons to share with others.

All answers and blogs are based on the author's opinions and writing and are not meant to replace medical advice.  

Monday, March 6, 2017

The Painful Truth Documentary Is Here!


As stated in my blog in September of 2015 The Painful Truth: A Book, a Documentary, a Meeting with Lynn Webster, MD, Dr. Webster’s message is irresistible. His dedication to writing the book and producing this documentary (with Craig Worth) is a testament to the spirit and determination he has for people living with pain. He advocates for awareness of the seriousness of untreated or undertreated pain, suicide and addiction. (You can view more information at The Painful Truth Documentary  website.)



Over the weekend, I got an email from Dr. Webster and I am so excited to share it with you.

Dear friends,

I'd like to share some exciting news: "The Painful Truth," the documentary I co-produced with Craig Wirth, was distributed by NETA on March 1 [2017] to all public television stations in the United States. On March 3, it aired on KENW (Portales, NM) and on WXXI (Rochester, NY), and later this month it will air in several other states including Georgia and Montana. I am hopeful that the documentary will air in as most major cities, though this is a decision that is at the discretion of each local station. 

When documentaries like this air on public television, it is common for the host stations to include a discussion with relevant community members. If your local public station decides to air this documentary and you would be willing to make yourself available for a panel discussion, I would encourage you to reach out to your station to offer your participation. It could be a great opportunity to discuss how important it is to Transform the Way Pain is Perceived, Judged and Treated as described in the 2011 IOM report Reliving Pain in America.

Dr. Webster is building a list of the stations and air dates/times for the documentary, which will soon be on the documentary's website, 


Please visit the website periodically to check availability in your area and/or contact your local PBS station. 

The release of this film is timely, and it offers the opportunity to have an open dialogue with our healthcare providers and our communities.

In healing,,Celeste
"Adversity is only an obstacle if we fail to see opportunity."

~ • ~ • ~ • ~ • ~ • ~

Celeste Cooper, RN
Author—Patient—Freelance Writer at Health Central & ProHealth Advocate

Celeste’s Website: http://CelesteCooper.com

Learn more about Celeste’s books at her website or find links here on Celeste's  blog. Subscribe to posts by using the information in the upper right hand corner or use the share buttons to share with others.

All answers and blogs are based on the author's opinions and writing and are not meant to replace medical advice.  


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