Really? Pain is my friend? Are you crazy Wanda? Yep…. I’m a little crazy for sure, but I have learned over the years that pain IS my friend!
As many of you know that have followed me for a few years, I had a battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2012. It was pain that got me to the emergency room that led to my diagnosis. And it took several weeks of pain before I finally gave in. I kept thinking (and hoping) the pain would go away. By the time I got to a doctor and was completely diagnosed, it was at Stage 4 and in some of the vertebra in my back. I don’t know if maybe it wouldn’t have gotten that far had I paid attention to the pain weeks earlier…. but it does make one wonder. Luckily, it was very treatable and I am now in complete remission. If you’re interested in reading about my journey with Hodgkins Lymphoma, go here.
Pain is usually an indicator that there is something wrong that needs attention, perhaps even medical attention. While some issues cause chronic pain and there isn’t always an easy solution to them, other pain is our body’s way of communicating to us that it’s time to admit, “Houston, we have a problem!”. Like take for instance the pain signals the body sends out when it’s thinking about having a heart attack or a stroke. Pay attention!
I’m by no means an expert on what physical pain is trying to tell you….. I just know that in most instances for me, my pain has indicated I needed some kind of help. Even if slowing down and taking it easy was the answer for instance for a strained muscle. It’s still not something to ignore.
Now, I’ve been talking about physical pain here….. but with time, most emotional pain can be a friend and a blessing too, if you allow it to be. It’s usually a great learning lesson, though we may not see it at the time. Very often, emotional pain needs help and attention from others too.
Today, I’m grateful my body gives me signals of physical pain. It makes me know that I need to pay attention and try to figure out the problem. What an amazing thing this body is!
I Am Grateful! How Are You?