By Ed Coghlan.
A renowned psychologist told me once that gratitude makes us feel better—which really inspired the idea of our Thanksgiving article that asked our pain community what they are thankful for.
The article caused a number of people to share their thoughts…the responses were interesting.
For many, like Maureen Mollico, the presence of God was important.
“I am Thankful for God in my life. For without Him I truly would not have gotten through my 26 years in constant chronic pain and the stressors of my conditions, isolation due to pain, and the losses I’ve endured along the way.”
Terry Murdock pointed out a simple and important reality for so many in the chronic pain community—-family.
“I am thankful that I have a wonderful family,” Terry wrote.
Gay Goodenough cited a theme that many repeated—other chronic pain patients.
“I am so grateful for those few who get it. I am even more appreciative of activists, who give me reason to hope.”
Not many of our readers mentioned their doctors, but one doctor was mentioned:
“I’m thankful for Dr. (Forrest) Tennant and his medical staff that helped me get back to work after 20 years on disability,” said D. Barker. “I have worked full-time every day now for the last 5 months.”
Katie Olmstead has CRPS and has been living with chronic pain for nearly 20 years, starting with a dance injury she was 44. It is not keeping her down.
“Today I am grateful for feeling humble,” she said. “This month I have returned to a practice of Bikram yoga after many years’ hiatus. I am not young. I am not able-bodied. But damn it, I am not done living well. Bikram yoga, the hot yoga, is a hard 90-minute sweaty class. I don’t even attempt half of the postures.”
Many of you were complimentary about the National Pain Report not only because we try to keep you up on what’s going on, but also because it gives people in the chronic pain community a chance to connect.
As Maureen Mollico mentioned:
“I the NPR staff and ALL of my fellow chronic pain community warriors and our fine advocates who are fighting a tough battle for I am also grateful for the NPR to have a place to come to each day and vent and relate to others, and to help me know that I am not alone. For without you ALL I truly would not have any support and ongoing gained knowledge, as well as the love and understanding that I receive from you all!”
Thanks Maureen and all of our readers for your support.