The meaning behind 'Pushing Through the Pain'
Hello, all! I want to start by talking about a very concerning matter. Last month, I started my column about chronic pain, “Pushing Through the Pain
.” A few readers commented that the title suggested I thought people should ignore, accept, or just live with pain. This is not
how I meant it to come across. “Pushing Through the Pain” is meant to be empowering!
Most everyone who reads these columns likely suffers from numerous health issues. I have met people who let their health consume their lives, and watched them become bitter over time. I get it. Living with several medical conditions can be overwhelming and tear you apart inside. That is emotional pain. In my mind, “Pushing Through the Pain” means not letting your health bring you down. Keep fighting! You need to keep going, pushing through all of the obstacles life throws your way.
Pain is a pain!
The severity of pain varies among individuals due to its types and causes. We all suffer from pain at some point in our lives, whether hurting your arm in a fall while learning to ride a bike, getting a headache, or having a toothache. Pain basically is a signal from your brain to an area of your body as a way of alerting you that something is wrong. That signal should never be ignored.
There are many forms and levels of pain that a large portion of the population feels on a daily basis. It is beyond aggravating when others question how much pain you are in, or act as if they don't believe you are in any pain at all. That is absurd and steps over the line. The truth is that NO, my pain is n