Guest Post by Richard

Chronic pain

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Guest Post by Richard, who was kind enough to send me his recap on last night’s Self-Care Workshop:

Salient points:

  1.        We are not special by our pain, we are special by who we are.
  2.        I use what I have (am).
  3.        The natural laws stay constant. There are small differences between each person. The divisions are flat.
  4.        Benefit of medical evaluation first to rule out physical causes, then look at outside of medical.
  5.        We inflict the pain not the biology.
  6.        We are in the present, trying to reach goals that will never be completely reached.
  7.        The agenda within, (such as your job.)
  8.        Unwrap and fight for your freedom, illustrated by our national history.
  9.        Stigma is biological.
  10.       Guilt is not always a choice.
  11.       Relinquish opinions of others. Cannot  change how others consider or view us as related to those who knew who we were at a different point in “our story.”  …I guess stigma is in the eye of the beholder?
  12.       The initiation of self-care is a difficult first step.

Question: how do you get loved ones to take the first step or do you?

-Richard