When Language Runs Dry

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When Language Runs Dry: A Zine for People With Chronic Pain and Their Allies is a zine series by Claire Berrara that began in Portland, OR in 2008. It is a compilation of stories and testimonies of the daily lives of people their families who have chronic pain.


  • 1: Covers coping with sexual assault, tendonitis, and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and discusses why capitalism hurts disabled people. Many of the zine's contributors, including Cindy Crabb, come from punk or anarchist communities. The cover is a screen print of roses and a spine.
  • 2: Includes suggestions for how friends and family can support people struggling with chronic pain stemming from a wide variety of sources: Crohns disease, irritable bowel syndrome, panic disorders, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, musculoskeletal dysfunction, chronic pelvic pain, and others.
  • 3: Addresses memory loss, depression, Crohn's Disease, having children with chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and the fear of engaging in activities because pain may increase.

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