February 28, 2016

Living with a chronic pain disorder isn’t easy. The simplest of tasks can seem impossible and daunting on a particularly bad pain day, and energy is sparse. You spend so much of it focusing on holding your body in positions that don’t aggravate your sore spots. It’s ve...

February 4, 2016


I had surgery in November to remove tumors from my right wrist, my right hip, and the bottom of my left foot. I usually combine surgeries because it’s difficult to get appointments with my specialist. He’s a busy guy, and he deals with a lot of sarcoma patients. I alw...

October 26, 2015



I am a “rare genetic mutation” case of Multiple Hereditary Exostoses, meaning nobody else in my family has MHE. I just lucked out, I guess. Growing up in the country, in a rural area, I didn’t encounter anybody with my condition. Nobody understood what it was like to...

August 29, 2015


I remember my doctor telling me when I was a kid that once I reached adulthood, I wouldn’t need to have surgeries anymore because my MHE bone growths would stop growing. I don’t think my body got the memo, because my bone growths still grow. Perhaps not as quickly as...

August 3, 2015



In an interview, I was asked that question. Truthfully, it threw me through a loop, and days later…I still can’t get that question out of my mind.


If you were to ask me that when I was in my early teens, I would have said “nothing”, because I was trying to pretend I...

July 2, 2015

I find that with my MHE that I am constantly compromising with my body and myself. You can’t fix every ailment that comes with MHE with a surgery, it simply isn’t always possible.

A week ago, I went to see my specialist to discuss the more problematic parts on my body...

June 9, 2015


Being in pain constantly wears down your spirit and makes you susceptible to dark feelings of inadequacy. Even the most positive person can still succumb to those dark feelings; even the most positive person has a couple bad days where the chronic pain just drains the...

June 3, 2015


When I was sixteen years old, I was positive that I would never have kids. I always used to haughtily tell my mother that if I became a parent, it would be by way of adoption. I couldn’t imagine having any hypothetical children inherit this painful genetic disorder. I...

May 19, 2015

We can’t choose a lot of things in life. We don’t get a say in the hand of cards we’re dealt. We don’t get to say “you know what God? I’d rather not have MHE so…yeah”. This is our hand, and what you choose to do with it is entirely up to you. Your attitude is your choi...

May 8, 2015



My name is J.C. Hannigan. I am a mother, a wife, a sister, a daughter, an author, and a million other things. I wear my many caps and get through each day with sheer determination, stubbornness and a side of sarcasm. Oh, and with words. I am a chronic pain survivor....

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J.C. Hannigan is the official blogger for the MHE Coalition.  J.C. was one of the original Bumpy Bone Club kids, and her blog posts have had a big impact on those with MHE as she describes what it is really like, living with a rare, misunderstood, and often invisible disease. 


J.C. Hannigan is a married mother of two in her mid-twenties and self-proclaimed Chronic Pain Survivor. J.C. is addicted to words, coffee, Instagram selfies, Cadbury Mini Eggs, and Dill Pickle chips (only not together, because that would be gross). She has been blogging for nearly 10 years, and won a Bloggie award some time ago. She writes new adult romance novels and currently has two books published, Collide and Consumed, with many more coming. You can find J.C. pretty much everywhere; except, it would seem…in the laundry room.

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