Today’s guest post has been written by my friend Lyn. She has chronic back pain due to a stretched nerve in her lower back and slight scoliosis. She decided to write this letter as it’s Christmas and she wanted to share her message of hope with chronic pain fighters.
Dear back pain,
We have been together for over 14 years. I confess that our relationship hasn’t been easy but I now realise that your presence in my life is a gift. As we are approaching the end of another year I would therefore like to thank you for changing my life for the better in so many ways:
Firstly, I want to thank you for helping me to appreciate my model hips. I am very grateful for these, as unlike fashion models, I do not have to force my hips into an asymmetrical position for hours on end because mine do this naturally.
Secondly, I want to thank you for making me take better care of my health and body. I eat well and exercise when I can. I am stronger now and I feel a lot better about myself and my life.
I also want to thank you for helping me to rediscover the joy of doing simple things that I used to take for granted, such as wearing fashionable shoes and gentle hill walking. I did not realise how much I enjoyed these experiences until they became almost impossible for me to do. I promise not to take them for granted again.
Finally, I want to thank you for teaching me to be more compassionate, patient and resilient. As a result of my time with you, I have a greater appreciation of what people with mobility issues go through every day and I have had the pleasure of working with caring people who have helped me to achieve things that I previously thought were impossible.
I do not know how long we have left together but I will never forget what you have taught me.
Thank you again!
I love Lyn’s message of hope to chronic pain fighters, her positivity shines through her letter. I admire her strength and resilience – she truly is inspirational.
Keep smiling 🙂