Pain Is So Personal

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

My bone disease is progressing and my entire skeleton seems to be under attack.

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, my week snd even the month ahead in order 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. 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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4 thoughts on “Pain Is So Personal

    1. I agree, you’ve put into words something a lot of us can relate to. I think writing about it helps others know they’re not alone, too. for me, it’s partly cathartic and partly a bit of reinforcement, making visible through words what’s otherwise invisible. I think you’ve made a good point about reflecting on our stories, I could do with taking some time out to reflect on things in general, to take stock of where I’m at right now. I’ve been meaning to do it for a while but I get carried along and caught upas a distraction, opting for ignorance is bliss I suppose, so thanks for the reminder.
      Caz xx

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      1. Thanks Caz, you’ve had so much going on with your health lately, reflection time may help digest it all. I so relate to getting so busy with all we do though that finding that time is difficult. There is always something to distract us, something that seems more pressing.

        Often for me it’s my forum and my desire to help someone else that distracts me. The reality is, if I don’t help myself first I’m really not going to be of any use to anyone else. I need to remind myself of that regularly xx

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