Finding Balance With Chronic Pain

When I first got sick, the pain was so consuming that everything in my life was put on pause. I was in survival mode and was learning how to simply function again. I spent most days bedridden from the pain, and I lost hope that things could ever change.


Flash forward to now: I am still sick, but I have learned to manage it relatively well most days. I am at a level 3-7 pain daily, but that is much better than the 8-9’s I used to live with. Slowly but surely, I have been stepping out more and more. I am living a normal life again. My pain doesn’t have as much of a say in my daily life, it comes along for the ride. 


This month, I had the chance to do a fun featured “pregnant” role in a TV show. My knee jerk reaction was to say no. It was for multiple days, and I try to not overcommit myself. But then I thought, “will I regret saying no to this experience?” I decided to do it and hope for the best. It ended up being one of my favorite set experiences. The weekend after, I got a cold and was in a horrible pain flare, BUT IT WAS WORTH IT. 


I treated myself to some extra self care and took it easy for the next few days. It’s a balance. I am learning to say no to my fear of pain and yes to experiences that I deserve to have. Maybe my pain will be horrible, maybe it won’t. There are worse things in life than physical pain, and I have learned that I am not willing to miss out on living.

  1. Your story is one of triumph over chronic pain. I also work to find a balance as well that allows me to live my best life with endometriosis. Thank you for sharing!!!

  2. So awesome! I know how easy it can be to let the pain take over. Good for you for not allowing it to do so. Such an inspiration!

  3. I know what it’s like to live with chronic pain Good for you for moving past it and continuing on with life! It would be so easy to let it consume you. Thank you for sharing

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