Life is a gift. Every single breath of life is a gift.
Every. Single. One.
Chronic Pain is a Gift.
Every day in the last 2 years I have experienced pain of some sort - some days are better some days are not so great. But every day has been a gift.
Chronic pain forces you to take a deeper look at your life. It forces you to re-examine the not so good. It forces you to make your health a priority- something you may have ignored before.
Prior to my health issues- my life was so- so. I was lost, could not figure out what my passions were, I felt half dead- and didn't believe I would ever have the focus or drive to go after anything. I repeat- chronic pain is a gift.
Like so many of you- discovering that I had to cut out foods came overwhelming, depressing and quite simply turned my world upside down.
My world needed to be turned upside down.
My new marriage was a struggle. I fell in love with a man that is just as stubborn and strong willed as I. A man that challenged me to my core- a man that I was madly in love with but also hated some days. Throw Chronic Pain into the equation and things can get ugly. Really Ugly. It needed to happen. It pushed us to our breaking point- a point in which we could only build up. This husband of mine wanted to fix the problem- he spent so much time trying to diagnose me- he felt angry because he could not solve the problem. In time he learned that I didn't need him to provide the solution- I just needed the love, affection and affirmation.. that I would find my own way.
Chronic Pain offers opportunity for rebirth. It forces you to open closed doors. It forces you the question your Doctors, your life, your happiness. your habits, your passions and so much more.
I encourage each of you to take your physical and emotional pain and turn it into something beautiful.
Don't feel guilty for the fact that now you must question everything. Don't ever stop questioning. When it comes to your health- you deserve the best. But the fact is- that only you can find the answers. If your doctor can't provide relief or the answers you need- find another. and another. Don't give up!
Each day you have a choice to wake up smiling- or to wake bitter and angry.
You can choose to persevere or to give up.
I believe that there is a solution to all health problems, to all pain.
I'm finding my answers. Little by little my pain has lessened. I have found my passions, discovered a career that I bound out of bed to start each day.
Its just a matter of time until you find your answers- your way. Just as long as you keep searching.
Love and Encouragement to EACH OF YOU!