"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it."
No person is immune from pain, no matter how incredible their life may seem on the outside. Experiencing pain is simply a part of life, it is to be human. We see pain come in many forms. For one it may emerge as a physical ailment, such as an injury or a medical diagnosis. For another it may be a type of "invisible" pain, such as a mental health diagnosis, a heartbreak or grief after loss. Regardless of the kind of pain we encounter, we are all faced with one question. Will I let this get the best of me?
My Pain Story
Three years ago I was in a car accident shortly after I gave birth to my daughter. At the time my body was not strong, I was in the early postpartum months and healing was slow. Since the accident, I have been living with unexplained muscle and nerve pain. I have engaged in countless interventions, some of which included visits with doctor"s, MRIs, chiropractic work, year-long physical therapies, acupuncture, nutritional supplements and bloodwork, yet we still have no answers. Well-meaning practitioner"s promises of "this will get better!" and new approaches that should "definitely improve this!" can only take someone so far until they stop believing it. The pain and loss of comfortable mobility has pushed me to places that I never thought I would experience in my mind. Places that other people experience but not me. I have been angry, downright outraged by my pain. I have also been to the place of incredible sadness, the type of sadness that leads to depression and losing hope. I have seen grief and even today, I still grieve the limitations of my body. Like many who have experienced pain without answers, I have been through the range of emotions and tried numerous interventions only to continue to hit brick walls.
The physical pain has been hard to manage, I have had to change the way I sleep, the activities I engage in, the physical exercise I can do, the way I hold my children, and so on. However, even though my condition is physical, it is truly the mental pain that has been the most difficult dragon to slay. I have questioned:
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