I was on Twitter this and ran across a tweet from Jim Broatch, who runs RSDSA which provides support, education, and hope to everyone affected by #CRPS / #RSD while driving research to develop better treatment and a cure.
He had posted a video of a talk given by 16-year old Samantha Strasser, who has suffered from a variety of chronic illnesses including CRPS for eight years which is, of course, half her life.
During the 4th Annual RSDSA Long Island CRPS Walk & Expo she told her story to attendees. It was, by any measure, inspirational and hopeful and we wanted to make sure that you all had a chance to see it.
In part she said, “I decided to take everything I’ve learned from her chronic illnesses and use them to lead a happier life. “
Then she thanked her chronic illnesses:
“Thank you chronic illness, thank you for teaching me not to sweat the small stuff.
Thank you for teaching me how to stand up for myself
Thank you for letting me know who my real friends are
Thank you for helping me convince myself I am stronger than I think
Thank you for making me wiser and a better human in the world
Thank you for making me grateful for everything my body can do
Thank you for teaching me to stop and smell the roses”
We know that for the millions who suffer from chronic pain, many—perhaps as high as 50% according to the Cleveland Clinic—suffer from depression and anxiety. And we know and have written extensively on ways to address the depression and anxiety. Things like cognitive behavioral therapy, relaxation training, hypnosis, exercise and self-help groups all can help address depression and anxiety. You’ve probably tried most of them.
And sometimes, someone being positive can help.
Take a look at her entire speech, which is only about five minutes long.
It might help.