I spend a lot of time reading about pain. I’ve read some great blogs written by people suffering with different types and levels of pain. The courage, stamina and grace of these people constantly amazes me. Before I experienced chronic pain, I had no idea that there was this ‘hidden’ community of people all around the world living with and coping with pain.
A theme that I keep coming across is the acceptance of pain. It seems a popular opinion that when you accept pain as a constant in your life, you can stop ‘fighting’ it and learn to manage it, allowing you to focus on other things.
Those of you living with chronic pain will no doubt have heard this before from your doctors, from your friends, from your own research… has acceptance helped you?
I struggle with the thought that this might be something I need to learn to live with. My instinct is to fight. Acceptance seems like giving in.. It means giving up thoughts of continuing to grow my business, of going travelling, of living a life that involves going places to resigning myself to a life of staying at home in bed with the odd break when pain allows me one…