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Hi, I’m Rachelle Mee-Chapman, a soon-to-be 40 year old woman with a husband, a couple kids, a career, and chronic pain.

I’ve been struggling with chronic pain for years now, since about 2002 or so. I was diagnosed with status migranosis, which basically means I have a migraine all the time. “Intractable pain” is the term. No one knows why.

This year I saw my 31st medical practitioner. Needless to say, I was not a little ray of sunshine going in there. But when Jeanette told me that most of her patients had seen 25 doctors before they finally came to her, I perked up a teeny tiny bit. When she asked me if I thought I could get well, I started crying. “No,” I said, “I assume I’ll be in pain the rest of my life. I’d just like to keep it down to a manageable level.”

That was two months ago. Now, there are days that I’m pain free. All day. Not most days, but some days — which is something I have not been able to say for a long, long time.

Long story short: severe anemia due to celiacs disease which is causing all kinds of system meltdowns. As it turns out your brain will hurts if you have no iron in your blood. Huh. Who would have thought.

So this blog is for me — because I have a big learning curve ahead of me. I need to focus to learn how to manage what’s left of the chronic pain; to learn how to re-build my body and adapt my rest/work schedule as I improve; and mostly to learn how to eat all over again.

I doubt this will be of interest to many people, but hey, if this rings some of your bells and you want to hang out, that would be great. See you around!

Rachelle Mee-Chapman

Also blogging at:

Magpie Girl: Soulcare for flibbertigibbets…now with more fiber!
Food Hero: food by friends, for friends
Soulsisters: saving our souls, one tribe at a time
Life Abroad: stories from life in Denmark


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