I’ve been thinking about the Women in Pain conference all week. It was just one day, but I really enjoyed the information and ideas as well as the people I met. The theme was “Getting Real: Transforming Hidden Truths Into Positive Action,” with a special emphasis on forgiveness and coping.
Next week, I’ll share information from a terrific presentation by a renowned pain management specialist. It’s just too much to capture in one article!
This week I’m going to share some quotes and thoughts that I loved from the day. I hope they inspire you the way they inspired me!
“Wellness and better pain control are within reach. Making the pain experience more livable, richer and fuller.” ~ John, caregiver
“Self and integrative care are the best places to go. Grieve but don’t stay down. Self-reinvention is mandatory and can be exciting.” ~ Cynthia, woman in pain
“Being open and real about everything is the only way to better wellness. Forgiveness is where we set the stage for grace.” ~ Cynthia, woman in pain
“Bond fiercely as only sisters in pain can. Together we figure it out better.” ~ Cynthia, woman in pain
“How you cope with your pain is highly associated with overall functioning and how you live. Enter into this with compassion and forgiveness. Don’t judge yourself.” ~ Heather, health care provider
“Could I suffer less if wasn’t so attached to my previous self? Allow yourself to grieve the parts of your life that you won’t have back again.” ~ Lynne, woman in pain
“Always saying you’re fine when people ask “are you okay?” can halt your ability to cope with the pain. Sometimes it’s easier to tell people something that they understand than what’s really going on with her pain. Being more honest with everyone has helped though.” ~ Britt, woman in pain
“The ultimate act of forgiveness is about believing in yourself so much that you won’t waste any of your life energy on anyone but you. We need every part of our energy and our life force to be right here with us now.” ~ Kristina, woman in pain
“True self-love and healing comes from letting go of the story and taking care of you instead.” ~ Kristina, woman in pain
“We all deserve a better quality of life. There is hope on the other side. Being me is good enough. I’m more than my pain. Cain, walker, wheelchair – I’m still me.” ~ Simenona, woman in pain
“Hoping is reaching out to others – people who know you and love you for all you are.” ~ Radene, woman in pain
“It’s about adjusting your dreams – not giving up on them. You can do – but your path isn’t everyone else’s. My illness is like a marriage because in a marriage there’s compromise.” ~ Radene, woman in pain
Don’t forget to come back next week when I’ll share information from a terrific presentation by a renowned pain management specialist.
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