It has been over a year since I began this blog and due to my ignorance of technology or even how to use a computer well I have to admit I am proud I lasted that year. I began this blog to help those suffering from chronic pain or any invisible illness. I have been through hell and back and so many invisible wounds still reside in me, however I no longer look for a cure for chronic pain nor do I take pain medication. On my birthday, June 7th 2012 I had a miscarriage. Needless to say, not the greatest birthday but I wanted to turn some things around. I had an appointment to see my pain specialist (something I swore I would never go back to post Mayo Clinic, but chronic pain is a journey) two days after my birthday. There was no doubt he would prescribe pain medication as any doctor will after seeing my encyclopedia of everything that happened following my brain surgery. I was beyond depressed at having my second miscarriage as only a mother can understand and I was in pain aside from chronic pain. Miscarriages are not so fun or pain free in any way. I kept seeing a quote in my head: “A year from now you will wish you started today.” I picked up the phone and cancelled any and all pain specialist appointments and got rid of pain medication for life. This is a personal choice and I never judge anyone for what they do or do not do because of their invisible illness. I have zero room to judge anyone when it comes to coping mechanisms: healthy or unhealthy for chronic pain. I have taken a few Advil at times for random things but it is more of a placebo as anyone with severe chronic pain knows Advil is like eating a tic tac for pain relief.
My goal for this blog was truly just to help people suffering and show them that there hope and I am living proof. For a long time I thought I was truly helping many people but now I am not so sure. So, I need your help. I am an open book and I am encouraging all of you to email me a question about my journey with chronic pain. No questions off the table. If you have a question regarding chronic pain, I am pretty certain hundreds of other people have the same question. People often say to me: “Oh writing your blog must be so cathartic and helpful to you.” Honestly, I am not writing this for me. I have many other things I love that help me manage chronic pain: exercise, yoga, meditation, finding healthy recipes, playing outside, journaling, and yes reality television. I know my goal in life is to help as many people as possible with chronic pain as I can before my fingers are too frail to type (I am only thirty three so don’t worry.) ASK ME ANYTHING! This blog is for you! My dream is to teach, help, spread awareness, and do anything possible to help those across the world who have an invisible illness. In order to do that, I must be brutally honest about the amazing highs, and close to death lows that my journey with chronic pain has endured. I will answer anything and I hope you take the time to help you and so many others to ask as many questions as you want but understand I will be beyond honest. I am in my thirties and one of the greatest things about being in your thirties is that you truly do not give a crap what others think of you.
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Have a great Sunday. It is never too late to start your day, week, year, life over again.