15th Year Begins – Burning Mouth Syndrome

Yes, Mother’s Day is this weekend and each successive holiday is a combo pack for me.

On one side, there is the great joy we take in our wonderful daughters and the special families they are both creating. Feeling appreciated for the love, time, energy, and creativity I invest in them, and an added bonus this year of a precious grandson who is still trying to pronounce “Gigi” and who gives me gorgeous, gap-toothed smiles and amazingly strong hugs.

On the other side, there is the 14th anniversary of this go-around with Burning Mouth Syndrome. The 15th year begins the day after Mother’s Day with no end in sight.

There is nothing else like this in my life and it has had effects that I am probably not even aware of yet. Experts say that the body remembers trauma, whether mental or physical, and it may be surprising to see what outcomes await those of us who deal with chronic pain for years or even decades.

So, what did I learn this last year?

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Mother’s Day with Burning Mouth Syndrome

Kali & GirlsToday is Mother’s Day. 

I have received cards and flowers and even a surprise Starbucks coffee from our daughter who lives near us. It is a good day, filled with memories of the two beautiful, bright babies who grew into incredibly cute and inquisitive toddlers, went through their individual awkward teen years and came out the other side as stunning and brilliant young women. Continue reading