When I started this blog, I thought I could help people who are dealing with chronic pain.
But it was through thinking about this stuff and trying to make the thoughts in my head make sense on paper that I realized that I wasn’t coping with my chronic pain as well as I thought I was.
So, in addition to doing all the things that go along with starting a blog, I was also realizing that I needed to start taking better care of myself:
- Honoring my need for sleep.
- Pushing when it felt like the time to push.
- Doing my rehab exercises before I really needed to.
So, I have.
And I’ve felt better.
But the most unexpected thing to come from blogging about chronic pain?
Even though everything I write about here is based on my personal experiences, I still do a lot of research for every post.
And a lot has changed in the world of chronic pain since I first started living with it.
There is so much stuff out there that can help us, y’all! And not just help us cope – stuff that could potentially help us heal.
There is Curable.
There are podcasts:
There are books:
- Unlearn Your Pain
- The Meaning of Truth
- Mindbody Prescription
And I’ve been slowly digging into all of it.
I am not pain free.
But I am so much better off than I was 6 months ago:
- I’m more active.
- I have more energy.
- My pain levels have drastically decreased.
These improvements didn’t happen overnight, and I don’t know that I’ll ever be pain free.
But I’m sure as hell going to keep doing the work that these resources recommend for unlearning my pain:
- Continuing to educate myself.
I don’t know if these things will help you the way they have been helping me, but I do know that these things are more than worth looking into.
They are potentially life changing.
So, thank you.
I never would have stumbled onto this stuff if I hadn’t been trying to help all of you learn to thrive despite chronic pain.
I am forever grateful.
Wishing you hope and healing,