Writing My Way Through Pain

I’m currently in an extreme pain cycle (that’s a civilized way of putting it)

My bone disease is progressing. I have a pelvic stress fracture, ankle stress fracture, foot fractures in both feet, non-union broken femur and for good measure my Rheumatoid Arthritis is flaring.

Put plainly, I hurt!

Pain Is So Personal

Pain is such a highly personal thing and while we can all relate to varying levels of high pain, we all have very individual reactions to it.

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Some people with high level chronic pain withdraw altogether. Some cry, some laugh, some are silent, some sleep, some can’t sleep, some eat, some can’t eat.

Writing Takes The Pain Out Of My Body

Others, like me, tend to talk or write about it. Partly I talk about it because it names it. Writing takes the pain out of my body and puts it into words. It helps me acknowledge it and make changes to my day, week etc to manage it….or to at least think I’m managing it.

It is so cathartic and as I write, even though my pain remains, I feel a sense of calm and peace.

I also write about my pain to encourage others to feel free to talk about their experiences. After all, “a problem shared is a problem halved” right?

As I ponder today about how I’m going to try and move through the next hour, day and week ahead, one thing is certain….my pain can’t be easily removed.

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Pain Can’t Have All Of Me

It’s my constant companion but I am as determined as possible to remain joyful. That joy can be in the moment or it can be looking ahead to anticipated joy.

Let’s face it, a good dose of happy day dreaming never hurt anyone and it can help me take the focus off pain, onto happier things.

Pain takes so much from us, no matter your level of pain, no matter your disease.

I know, believe me I know, it’s not as simple as putting a smile on your face and thinking happy thoughts. It’s definitely not easy.

Living with pain is like walking through a battlefield. You try and move forward, cowering and wondering where the enemy is and where the next attack will be coming from.

Like soldiers though we learn to fight another day. Chonic pain keeps us constantly wounded, all to varying degrees but we don’t want to be defeated. We find ways to reclaim our lives. We find ways to conquer our enemy.

Everyone’s battle is different but every battle story is so inspiring and encouraging. Muse upon your own story and look at what you have achieved despite your pain, with your pain, through your pain.

You’ll be amazed to see just how strong you really are!

Take care

Sam xx

 

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10 thoughts on “Writing My Way Through Pain

  1. I’m so glad you’ve found a tool to help you cope. I’m definitely the same way. I need to get it out there, I need to put the pain into something, whether it’s venting to my friends, writing for my blog, or even drawing. It’s a good feeling knowing you can create something even when you’re bedridden due to your pain. Keep your head up girl, and keep writing!

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    1. Thanks so much Shannon for your comment. I’m really glad you have similar outlets. It does make a huge difference doesn’t it…plus we all get to enjoy reading each others blogs….huge bonus 😁

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  2. Perfect. You describe how you can manage to have a life, to have some control, despite your constant companion, pain. I find writing in my journal after meditation helps me so much. It allows me to detach myself from my pain. An inspirational post. Thank you Sam.

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    1. Thanks so much Robert. I love journaling too. It’s my private place where I can write without needing to edit or re-write, just simply express how I feel in the moment.
      Thanks again for your encouraging comment.☺

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  3. Thank you for this! For me, pain can be a catch-22. I have a repetitive stress injury in my neck/shoulder from being on the computer for hours on end…but I need my computer to write about my pain XD

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  4. Nicole, I so understand the painful consequences of writing. I can no longer use my computer to write so I have learned to do all my blogging on my phone. It means I can write lying down, sitting up, in my lounge chair or on my bed. It took a bit of getting used to but has been so worth it.
    I really hope you can keep writing. I love your blog xx

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