By Ed Coghlan.
One of the benefits of being involved with the National Pain Report has been getting to know our readers. Many of them are people who have chronic pain—and their stories are like snowflakes—each one is unique and yet similar.
One reader who just stand out is Kerry Smith. He is a big man—physically—who is an artist. He’s deeply spiritual and a wise ass. He and I have had some great conversations—some serious and some not. He’s honest, in a raw, country way and sees the big picture of chronic pain, even as it torments him. He hurts, but he doesn’t whine. He is, quite simply, a character in the positive sense of the word.
Well, Kerry has written a book.
I’m glad he did—and wanted to make sure you knew about it.
“It wasn’t intentional. It just kind of came out like what happens when you have a stomach virus” he said. “I started putting down my thoughts and feelings and struggles about six years after a friend encouraged me.”
For Kerry, it was therapeutic.
“It was not written for children. It is real and raw,” he warns.
Kerry has finally been diagnosed with CRPS after years of trying to figure out what was wrong with him. He has two main points to make in the book.
“My hope is that people who suffer with pain will buy it and see this first of all as a chance to be part of the community of sufferers,” he said.
“Second of all, I hope that caregivers will use it to see this struggle and KNOW, not just think, but KNOW this is a real battle that we face and my feelings and struggles are the exact ones that their friends or loved ones are facing.”
We hope you buy the book. We’re going to.
You can purchase it here.
Editor’s Note: Kerry Smith is a former minister, a professional artist, and has suffered with chronic pain for 14 years. He has lectured and written on the topic of chronic pain for several years. Here’s a link to his art studio website.