It’s the last day of Pain Awareness Month and I wanted to share a quote to remind everyone not to lose hope. Chronic and acute pain can often lead to exhaustion, depression, or despair. Maintaining a positive outlook that better days are ahead can help overcome some of that. Hope for less pain, better treatments, or maybe even a cure.
“Don’t lose hope. Even when it’s dark, the stars come out.”Tweet
This year has been challenging for me, to say the least. Chronic pain. Acute pain. Fibro flares. Losing my father to cancer. Travelling across country monthly. All the while trying to follow my healthy strategies, practice self-care, take care of my family, and continue to work. I couldn’t have stayed sane without hope, bravery, and the love of my family. There have been many days that it takes all my strength just to fight back the tears.
If you suffer from chronic pain, please check out some of these resources for more information (this list is by no means comprehensive):
Fibroblogger Directory – a collection of bloggers who write about life with fibromyalgia, chronic pain, and the various comorbities that accompany it
The American Chronic Pain Association – information about conditions, treatments, clinical trials, and pain management tools
The Fibrocenter – education and information about chronic pain
The National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association – an advocacy group to help those suffering in pain.
“More than 1 in 3 American adults are impacted by a life-altering chronic pain condition, and 1 in 9 suffer with severe, disabling pain.”Tweet
The American College of Rheumatology – a patient/caregiver portal of information on different conditions and their treatments
There is always hope. There is always help. Please look for the help you need, be it more information, a sympathetic ear, or medial assistance.
Here’s hoping you have a pain-free week ahead. Please leave me a comment – your favorite resource or just how you’re doing this week. I would love to hear from you.