Sue Falkner-Wood

Sue Falkner-Wood is a retired registered nurse living in Astoria, Ore., with her husband, who is also an R.N. Sue left nursing in 1990 due to chronic pain and other symptoms related to what was eventually diagnosed as relapsing polychondritis/mixed collagen disease, a progressive inflammatory condition involving the cartilage and connective tissue and leading to degeneration of the joints. Unable to practice nursing anymore, Sue turned to writing to vent her pent-up energy, and she has been very successful at it. She wrote a humor column for six years for her local paper in California, and has published articles and poems in the Fresno Bee, Nurseweek, arthritis, lupus and chronic pain newsletters, and a college literary magazine. Sue takes a glass-half-full approach to her disease and says she tries to do something useful every day. She wrote a weekly blog at everydayhealth.com for the past seven years on chronic pain and is continuing that journey of writing about life’s challenges. She welcomes you to this community and encourages you to share.

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  1. Its wonderful to see these honest-no holds barred words about Life with Chronic Pain. I live each day with Chronic Pain–fell out of a tree many years ago and fight to have Life in spite of severe Pain. I found Sue through the Facebook world and was very impressed with her frank approach to Pain. If you go through the many pages of Facebook, its heart-breaking to also learn how many young women suffer wiith Fibromyalgia–yet they too push ahead. Many have blog sites–I have one–its a way we can be open and share with the world what its like to live with Pain. Thank you Sue–I will be dropping in often to read your blog. My one goal in blogging is to let others who suffer in silence–to know they are NOT alone! I see this in your words Sue, and give you a huge Texas hug!! martha

  2. I stumbled upon your writing today and was truly blessed and encouraged. You as well will be in my daily prayers. Lupus, costochondritis, 2 past bouts of the big C word, and multiple ill effects of one or the other, especially joint and nerve pain leave me with more questions than sound doctor advice these days. We are so fortunate to know for sure God in His infinite wisdom has everything planned, provided for, and is just waiting for us to lean on Him. I hope to find my way back to your future doses of stamina and read of your future road to recovery soon. Many Thanks.

  3. hi, i am a student of a normal school, i am in 8th grade
    i am studiying your poem gaining victory
    so i have a question that why did you write this poem ?
    your poem is so nice but , sometimes sad

    • Hi Pranshu, I know I’m very late in answering this but here it is…I wrote it because I’m in pain every day and wanted others who suffer to be less alone. Sue

    • Ngobesing, Just saw this entry. Welcome to journey with me. I appreciate your blessing and wish you many of the same. Sue

  4. Glad I found you. What a lovely blog. And, I also used to live in Astoria and have similar health issues, RA and Mixed Connective Tissue Disease. Thank you for your kind welcome 🙂

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