I met with someone from my House of Representative’s office yesterday afternoon about how chronic pain affects our lives.
I think it went well. I presented the information in four parts: life with chronic pain after the CDC recommendations, addiction, chronic pain, and suicide, and legislative solutions. He seemed to listen and wrote a few things down.
I have done what I can by having this meeting. What this office does with the information is up to them. I don’t know if I made a difference or not, but I hope that they will remember our meeting when any legislation involving pain and pain research comes up.
I think everyone should do this kind of thing at least once even though it’s not easy to do for someone with a chronic illness. It took me many emails and three months to have the time to put together a notebook of information to leave with their office.
I am not naive thinking this one chat with my Congressman’s office will make an immediate difference. We have an unbelievably tangled mess with the opioids, chronic pain, and why people become addicted. To fix these colliding emergencies will not be easy.
I “put my drop in the bucket,” so to speak. Other people need to do the same, or the bucket will never be filled with individual drops that make it overflow showing a need for action by our government to protect people with pain.
We need to be brave by speaking out, especially about the need for expedited pain research. Everyone might as well get comfortable with the turning tide on opioids. It is not going away.
If anyone wants ideas or information about how to speak to your congressman, please message me. I will be glad to help you make a difference in the chronic pain community.
“The most beautiful people are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have still found their way out of the depths. These people have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” ——Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
We cannot control the things that happen to us, but we can grow through the pain when bad things happen. There is a purpose, but you cannot see it yet. He will bring good out of the most difficult situations.
The struggle up the mountain is difficult and challenging, but at the top is a view that is unimaginable. Keep fighting the fight and win the race.
Overcoming struggles is what make us strong. We weren’t born brave. We develop it through trials, and sometimes those trials seem so unfair. I always try to remember this is not the world that God intended for us.
Rest in knowing you are being transformed. Every defeat that brought you down, the suffering that made you feel weak, the struggles to get through each day, and every loss that broke your heart will be used for good.
Who can you reach out to today with compassion and help them on their journey and bring beauty from your pain by helping others with your own experiences?
I hope you will do that this week because everyone needs to hear the encouraging, “You got this.”
“You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.” —-Bob Marley
I wanted to share this quote I found today that might help someone with their daily struggles with chronic illness.
“I choose joy… I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical…the tool of the lazy thinker. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.” ——Max Lucado, Upwords
Two significant words in this world today for everyone, not just people with chronic pain.
We cannot be ruled by our circumstances. Our lives are easier to live when we look for the beauty in our broken parts and in the world and when we accept where we are at in that point in time.
However, our perspectives do rule our lives, and it is something we can work on changing.
Some people get angry when the talk is about “controlling pain with your mind.” No, I do not believe you can control your pain with your mind. But I do believe the journey can be lighter with a change in our mindset.
Today, find one thing that is good in your life and praise Him for it.