I hope this website helps you feel a little more supported and empowered, and know you are not alone. Over 100 million people live in chronic pain. We are pain warriors!
What is Pain? Pain is a sensory experience that is useful to feel acute pain because it is the brain’s way of warning us from danger, such as touching a hot plate or a having a physical injury. Pain is not helpful when it becomes chronic. Although we may no longer be in danger or an injury has healed, our pain system gets stuck in a learned pattern of continually perceiving that we are in danger and continues to create pain signals to alert us. Our pain system becomes overprotective. Unfortunately, this can lead to a nervous system that is in a continual stress response, leading to hyper-arousal, over-reactivity, and increased sensitivity to stimuli.
Chronic pain, painful or frightening medical procedures, and our experience of pain are all in and of themselves traumatizing, affecting every aspect of a person–physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Physical pain can often lead us to bracing ourselves as a protective mechanism from pain and then we become stiff with muscle tension and fear movement. Layers of emotional pain develop – fear, anger, sadness, loneliness, grief, and a lost sense of self.
A Journey Back From Pain
We can play a huge part in changing and modulating pain. Emotions, thoughts, beliefs, lifestyle, psychosocial factors, and environmental factors are all stimuli that can increase or decrease pain. Anger and fear can increase pain, joy can decrease pain.
We can be are greatest teacher!
With self-compassion, we can learn to teach our system how to calm itself and feel safe so that it turns down the pain levels!
Part of the way out of pain is by going into our physical and emotional pain so we can understand it instead of fear it, and begin to take back our life. It takes courage, patience, belief in the power of ourselves, and self-compassion. When we turn ourselves inside out, we can learn to truly embrace and love the wholeness of ourselves and give space for our body, mind, and heart to heal.
Welcome to a brighter tomorrow!
We all need to be here for each other. Let's extend comfort and compassion from our hearts to others' who experience any kind of pain or chronic illness, and a hopeful vision. And let us recognize our own bravery and courage on our journey back from pain.
My name is Deborah. When I was 27-years-old, I was diagnosed with a L5-S2 herniated disc. After three painful back surgeries and complications of right foot drop, a fractured back . . . . Read more
From decades of chronic back and neck pain, I have learned that it is okay to be vulnerable. From vulnerability comes inner strength. Loss and change give us the opportunity to begin anew. Instead of fearing pain, I learned to use pain as a tool for self-discovery and self-empowerment. When we embrace self-compassion and throw away self-judgments of what we cannot do, we reclaim our life and our Self, and we are better able to manage pain. Then, a world of possibilities opens. This is the foundation for coming back from pain and creating the fine art of our life.
A kite is held down at one end, but still soars in the sky.