Hello everyone.  Today is my first day blogging.  I’m a little nervous. I question myself:  Does anyone even care to read my comments and my journey with chronic pain?  I am a child of a chronic pain lifer.  My mother suffers with Arachnoiditis.  She lives every day with horrible pain, excruciating muscle spasms, and thousand other things that go long with this illness and the pills that are prescribed to control her pain.  I began “Hope for Pain” ministry over a year ago in order to help others deal with their pain on a daily basis.  I personally feel that their are two elements to dealing with a chronic illness:  1.  Having God/ Jesus Christ as your number one priority and 2. Living a healthy lifestyle.  Join my blog as I journey through spiritual information, health tips, and just venting about living with a parent that has chronic pain.  P.S.  Two more things to know about me: as a profession I deal daily with acute pain as an anesthetist and I facilitate a chronic pain support group through Rest Ministries (HopeKeepers) in Richmond, Virginia.

Today is day one of a new journey. My husband  is what some might call a “foodie”.  The Urban dictionary defines this as a ” person that spends a keen amount of attention and energy on knowing the ingredients of food, the proper preparation of food, and finds great enjoyment in top-notch ingredients and exemplary preparation.”   My husband is a health freak “foodie”. We spend much of our time watching food documentaries, preparing healthy foods, and teaching others about healthy foods, including my not so motivated fifteen year old daughter and ten year old daughter.  However, I feel God has provided my soul mate to me for a purpose.  The purpose being to help you.  Well, this weekend we received our new Juicer.  My dearest husband first learned about “Juicing” from a documentary about Dr. Max Gerson, a physician that developed an alternative dietary therapy which he claimed to cure cancer.  He has been fascinated with this theory of micro nutrition ever since. Friday our Juicer came in the mail.  The whole family was so excited.  Even our lovely daughters were curious.  The model we purchased was the “The  Super Angel”.  Interesting name, huh?  We have had so much fun playing with our new juicer.  Today we went to Walmart and bought $49 of just fruits and vegetables.  Our goal for the weekend was to do a juicing fast.  We are drinking only juice for breakfast, lunch, and, dinner.  Sounds a little crazy.  Our daughters think we are out of our minds when we sit down for lunch and drink our moss colored liquids and smile a cheery smile.  Actually, it is surprisingly delicious.  It’s like tasting a really superb wine and cultivating all the flavors of the grapes and the oak barrels it was aged in.

Okay, my duty now is to tell you about the health benefits of juicing.  First of all, I have to recommend that you watch this really great documentary about juicing.  Hey, we made our girls watch it last night.  It is called “Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead”.  It follows an australian business man as he “juices” for sixty days.  It’s actually very fascinating. If you have Netflix, you can instantly watch it on your TV at home.   Juicing can reduce your risk of cancer, boost our immune system, help you remove toxins from your body, aid digestion, and help you lose weight. Their are no scientific studies to show that juicing can cure your chronic pain, but boosting your immune system and removing toxins from you body has ultimate consequences.  Good consequences.

Join me as I journey with juicing. Today is day two.  Yes, I am hungry in between meals and had a giant headache this morning.  The first three days are claimed to be difficult.  You are detoxifying your body.  I look forward to day four, with promised new energy and weight loss. I will let you know how it goes.

Join me on this journey.  A new year, a new juicer.  God Bless.

My recipe for the day.  (We made this for lunch.)

Green leaf lettuce

Red Cabbage

1 Carrot

2 Green Apples

Beet tops ( young inner leaves)


If you ever have any comments or questions please email me at , hopeforpain@gmaill.com