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For the Person Who’s Been Battling Chronic Pain for So Long Now.

For the Person Who’s Been Battling Chronic Pain for So Long Now.

“Mind over matter” works sometimes. Other times, I think the physical has a greater say in the shape of our lives.

Either way, this is a message for the person who’s been dealing with chronic pain as just another part of their life -- or, a major part of it.

This is to say: of course you’re still an incredible human being.

I wanted to write this for you, for whoever needs to hear it, because I grew up with a father who was sick for my entire life, for his entire life.

And though you wouldn’t know it, my partner deals with the aftermath of his car accident every single day. Both men in my life continue to be an inspiration and an example of how far a good sense of humor will take you.

If you have someone in your life who inspires you in the way they live and love through their pain, pass this letter on to them. It’s an “I see you” kind of thing.

Consider sending them an encouragement card in the mail, even, one that speaks to how important they are to you.

This is a message for the person who’s been dealing with chronic pain as just another part of their life. This is to say: of course you’re still an incredible human being. If you have someone in your life who inspires you by how they live and love through their pain, pass this letter on to them. It’s an “I see you” kind of thing.

A Love Letter to the Person Who’s Dealing with Chronic Pain

Not everyone will appreciate how far you've come, but I do.

It's not everyone who will see the beauty of your being here, but I see.

I know the damage that's been inflicted on you, is not always a visible thing. There are emotions you've had to work through that some go their whole lives keeping silent. There are losses you've had to accept that some will never even dream of carrying.

I see the ways you've been humbled to dust and how that hasn't stopped you from doing your best. I know how hard it is to ask for help, but know this: it is an honor for me to be someone you trust with your needs.

I respect how precious your energy is, and I respect you as a human being.

I hear the music of your heart, still beating, and I honor the entirety of who you are.

You are not one ounce less than because of your story. You are wholly a person I adore, full of wisdom and compassion that only hardship can teach.

You understand better than most the balance between effort and surrender, the meaning of patience, the strength it takes to look loss in the eye. You don't need to hide from your truth. You show up every single day, and I can only imagine how hard some days are just to wake up to the world.

Yet, you tell me you're grateful for each morning you wake up breathing.

When you tell me that, I can find within myself a greater love of life.

Your wisdom, birthed from pain, is a scar you should be proud to show -- it shows the world what's possible when you keep going.

Your courage is a lighthouse for me when I don't know how I'll get through.

I am grateful you exist, that you do more than just exist. I am grateful you still let your light shine through. Maybe in the middle of everything you've been dealing with, that's what you're here to do.

What a beautiful thing it is, to know you: to know your light and your laughter; to know how resilient the human spirit can be.

"What a beautiful thing it is, to be able to stand tall and say, 'I fell apart, and I survived.'” (author unknown)

I see you.

I thank you.

Namaste.

. . .

Tell me:

What part of this did you need to hear (or want to tell someone) today? Or, what helps you live with chronic pain and still feel grateful to be alive?

Tell me in the comments. I’d love to know what helps you!

With you,

Jen

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This is a message for the person who’s been dealing with chronic pain as just another part of their life. This is to say: of course you’re still an incredible human being. If you have someone in your life who inspires you by how they live and love through their pain, pass this letter on to them. It’s an “I see you” kind of thing.

Comments on this post (6)

  • Nov 10, 2020

    So well expressed and as always so comfirting6.

    — Pamela Gordon

  • Oct 13, 2020

    Tynika, you are an inspiration for how you’re living through a difficult diagnosis – with compassion and patience, and an open heart. Thank you for reading and sharing and being on this healing path with us.

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Oct 10, 2020

    I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder nine years ago. I live with chronic pain everyday. I’m making room for it and allowing healing to happen. Some moments are so tough though

    — Tynika

  • Oct 06, 2020

    Sandy, I totally understand that! It can be really hard to let the people we love know how much we’re hurting or struggling, or what we need. I admire you for going through all you’ve been through and supporting the people around you with such a big heart. The way you tell your story is a blessing for someone. And I’m so glad this letter found you. Sending you all my love. x

    — Jennifer Williamson

  • Oct 05, 2020

    A friend sent me this link because she felt I needed to hear this. I did need to hear this thank you. I’m two year remission and my whole body hurts from chemo it’s hard admitting this because I’m a wife, mom and friend ❤️

    — Sandy

  • Sep 21, 2020

    Jen,
    Your letter is beautiful. Thank you, Jen.

    — A grateful friend

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