Chronic Pain is probably one of the most debilitating reasons for absenteeism at work along with Mental/Emotional pain. It is probably even more painful because of the …you guessed it…the Stigma attached to it. If you don’t see it, it ain’t broke. Well, something like that.
I wrote a poem at CherShares under the influence, however, and when looking for a nice image to relate to my words, I found this amazing website. The National Pain Foundation has really great information as well as testimonials from people suffering chronic pain. What attracted me was the image I added to my poem and decided to share it here too…see above.
By the way, when I say I wrote this poem under the influence, I meant under the influence of extreme pain. I am at work so no way would I be taking anything and nothing works anyway. Well, if you are talking about a hot tub and a private massage therapist every day…well, heck, yeah! that might ease the pain somewhat, but I digress. I wrote this poem because last night I wrote a very dark gothic genre poem on another blog I have. I happened to write about pain and giving up. Well, of course I have no intention of leaving this planet…I have way too many things to do and still aren’t quite sure what I want to be when I grow up…writer, politician, poet, start up several tiny support groups for those suffering from mental health and for their friends and family in the Montéregie area for the English speaking population and oh! I want to learn to draw, paint, photo-shop…so you see I have too much to do to give …yet. Oh, and that last part is because English speaking people outside of Montreal don`t always have access to certain services in mental health.
Anyway, I wrote this poem while not in any majour pain, just the regular stuff; but this morning I woke up with excruciating back pain and man oh man, it was almost like it was a payback for whining and complaining in my dark poem last night. I know and you know that is not possible but that is why I wrote that poem. I also find that when I am in pain (migraine, neck, back etc.) or even feeling emotional drained or sad, I write the darnest things…my muse seems to be a bit of a sadist I dare say.
Check out this website The National Pain Foundation. You can subscribe to their newsletters as well. They say it so much better than I do and the links are pretty interesting too. I love that the artists are people suffering from chronic pain because you can really see what they are feeling.
© Cheryl-Lynn, 2014/02/10