PART 1 of 2 ~ March 22, 2018 ~ "WHAT CHRONIC PAIN SUFFERERS DON'T ADMIT and THINGS I LEARNED WHILE TESTING THE THEORY THAT BABY POWDER WILL HELP WITH GREASY HAIR" ~ Ok, so, let's start with the tough one ~ things we don't like to admit:
💠 I'm lonely. When you suffer from a debilitating, chronic illness, you're often on your own. For me, this is usually by my own choice as I typically don't feel up to doing anything and if I do, even something like going for a medical appointment, I always pay for it later and feel worse than before I went out. I miss out on a LOT of family functions and gatherings because I'm just not up to going.
💠 It's really hard to resist having self-pity parties! Especially after 10+ years of chronic pain. I know that eventually, someday, someway, somehow, this will all end but the longer it goes on, the more likely it is that that day will come after I'm dead and gone.
💠I feel so guilty ALL the time. This battle with chronic pain isn't one that we fight alone. Usually that's a good thing! But my entire family has been so adversely affected by MY pain. My son, now 13, has only known this side of me, the mom who is never really there and can't do anything. My daughter, 25, was saddled with WAY too much responsibility at a very young age. My poor husband, at only 4 years into our marriage, had to shoulder ALL of the responsibilities of our lives.
💠 Personal hygiene usually always takes a back seat to chronic pain. (Life takes a back seat to pain)! Embarrassingly, often weeks, (yes plural), will go by before I have the energy to have a shower or bath. That's the hard truth. I'd love to say that at least I have a sponge bath in between every once in a while, but even that is a rare occurrence.
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