Personal Story

What I do when I’m depressed

Contributed by: Suzie Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May, 2009 Depression often goes hand in hand with pain. A person with chronic pain becomes isolated from others. To cope with depression I take my camera and get out for a walk or just a drive. I look for subjects or objects to capture on digital…. Read more »

What are some things you should never say to a person with chronic pain? (Part I)

Contributed by: Three subscribers to the painACTION newsletter Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, March 2009   Here are three responses to a question in the painACTION Newsletter on March 23, 2009. Response #1 Never say, “I know how you feel.” Each person’s reaction to pain is affected by so many variables: family/friend support, pain tolerance,… Read more »

Less pain with prostate cancer treatment

Contributed by: Gerry Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January 2009 This is about my experiences with treatment for prostate cancer. The first advice I would give you is that since I underwent 5 weeks of direct radiation therapy, is to follow the instructions on dietary restrictions, very, very carefully. If you do this I think… Read more »