The American Chronic Pain Association is a terrific resource for those living with Chronic Pain. As they continue to grow, the number of resources they offer continues to increase, which even at this point are significant.
One of them is an uplifting and empowering 17-minute video about …
learning to live with Chronic Pain in respect to getting things done i.e. setting priorities and goals – and even feeling as though you can.
The video can be found here.
It includes first-person testimonials and plenty of realistic coping skills including understanding that Chronic Pain is a “powerful adversary”, never consistent or predictable, and learning to live focused on one’s abilities (as they are, on any given day) rather than on one’s disabilities.
Celebrating the moments and accomplishments you can achieve is stressed and presented as a process.
It’s challenging to remember when you’re in the middle of a pain flair that this too shall pass, but it certainly helps to hear it from others who are living with the condition…
There is also a powerful message here in respect to learning to listen to your body, not pushing too hard and not simply discontinuing activities for fear of pain and pain flairs without careful personal research into one’s limits, as staying active and strong keeps us healthy.
Learning to live with Chronic Pain is significantly challenging and takes time, dedication, patience and perseverance.
We all need to learn from our mistakes, focus on the good and move forward with strength and hope. Embracing the positives and living in the moment are life skills that take time and practice to master. Chronic pain or no.