By Ed Coghlan.
We have a very important question for you at the end of this short story.
On Thursday we ran our annual “What Are You Thankful For?” feature that asks chronic pain patients, advocates and providers to share something positive in their lives.
As always, we received many positive responses from people who were thankful for their families, as “Chereese” said when she wrote, “I’m thankful for my husband cooking and bring me meals while bedridden due to unmanaged pain.
Deborah Babcock said the same about her family:
“I am thankful for my family first and foremost. they watch me go through chronic pain every day of my life with no relief and they are so understanding and helpful.”
People’s faith in a higher power came through with many of our commenters.
As F.S.T. wrote: “I am thankful first for Jesus for saving me. And for years, His helping bring stillness to my soul. Thankful for Him for being there and upholding me and going before me to fight my way thru this world, and clear the way for me, because everywhere I go, He’s been there before.”
Virginia also thanked God for helping her through the battle against chronic pain. And like many this year and in years past, she mentioned her pet.
“I’m thankful for my caregiver Sox, my cat whom I’ve had going on 9 years now.”
And Virginia, like many others, thanked us at the National Pain Report and many of our readers who comment on the stories:
“I’m thankful for you, National Pain Report, and all of you pain warriors who wrote in all this year who kept me going!”
And then I saw this…from a reader who calls himself only Bernie and it ruined my weekend.
“I’m thankful that my birthday is in a month and my present to myself is to end my pain permanently by suicide. Because nobody cares and this is what this government wants.”
I sent Bernie an email, asking him to get help, to stay strong and that people are here for him.
I ask you, what would you tell Bernie?
He reads the National Pain Report. Leave him a comment and let him know that you care.