Welcome to my blog on living successfully with chronic pain. I’ve finally done it. After years of working on this pain book thing, getting a less-than-enthusiastic reception from my once-upon-a-time New York agent, I’ve published the book myself with Amazon.
I’d like to say it has been easy, that I had no doubts about what I was doing, but that would be a long way from the truth. I was petrified! Still am, as a matter of fact. Although I’m a published fiction author, putting my life with chronic pain out there for people to read was scary in the extreme. It got so bad I was beginning to lose my sense of humor! But I solved that one by hanging out on Steve Martin’s website. Steve Martin is in my chronic pain book as a mood modifier—my phrase for altering how you feel about something in your life.
So, now it’s done. It’s on Amazon and it’s finally mission accomplished. So why have I put myself through all the sweat and tears of writing and self-publishing a book about my experiences in dealing with chronic pain?
There were lots of reasons in the beginning; to share my story, to keep a promise to my sister, to let people see what it took to keep going all these years.
Yeah, all those good reasons.
But in the end the major reason had to do with showing the world that people like you and me who have chronic pain are capable of so much more than anyone gives us credit for. And here’s the truth when it comes to people like us. We’re survivors. We not only know how to get back up after being knocked down. We’ve done it many times before.
We’re people of action and determination. Wouldn’t you agree?
So over the weeks and months ahead I’d like us—you and me—to talk about pain from the point of view of changing how other people see us, and what they understand about people like us. People who live with chronic pain.
Thank you for joining me, and please leave a comment if you’d like.