Paint The Town Blue For Pain Awareness
Our strength grows out of our weaknesses- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Millions of Americans live with chronic pain. The number of people who are affected by pain is significantly higher than that of those who suffer from diabetes, heart disease, and cancer all rolled into one. When a person experiences pain, it is usually their body’s way of signaling that there’s an even larger issue that may require medical attention. In order to increase understanding, the American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) has declared September as Pain Awareness Month.
September is Pain Awareness Month
It all began almost eighteen years ago. In 2001, the ACPA partnered with several different organizations to establish September as Pain Awareness Month. During this time of the year, groups will work together in order to raise public awareness about issues involving pain and pain management. It is a time to show support for the individuals, families and entire communities that are impacted by chronic pain. It is also an opportunity for people living with medical conditions that cause pain to help the voices of others who are in a similar situation to be heard.
Chronic pain is a health problem that is still widely misunderstood, despite the fact that many people across the country are living with it every single day. Treating it effectively can be costly as well as time-consuming for the patient. Unfortunately, the adverse effects do not end there. While chronic pain can be physically debilitating, it can also negatively affect a person on an emotional and mental level.
It can make you feel trapped inside of your own body like a prisoner, plotting their next move to escape
The journey of each individual who deals with chronic pain is unique. However, many can agree that it can be an isolating experience. It can cause depression, anxiety and even worse, thoughts of suicide. It can make you feel trapped inside of your own body like a prisoner, plotting their next move to escape. I know this because I am among the vast population of people who live with chronic pain.
One of the hardest aspects of living with a physical disability is trying to cope with the chronic pain. There are days when I feel okay, and then there are others when the pain is absolutely unbearable. It’s not easy to rate the pain or even to describe what it actually feels like. It’s just there, and something that I’ve become accustomed to dealing with over the years. Living with chronic pain is like living under a never-ending storm cloud. No matter how fast you try to run, it will always catch up somehow and rain on your parade.
These days, I have learned to manage my pain in the best way that I know how; by surrounding myself with people who make me laugh and bring positive energy into my life. These people have helped me to find my strength in moments when all I saw were my weaknesses.
My intention is never to paint a negative picture. It is to paint this picture a beautiful blue in support of millions who are pain warriors just like me.