Chronic Compromises – When “No” Is A Positive Thing

Being Lydia!

Chronic illness of any kind comes with it’s own set of “rules” in relation to any kind of social activity. This week I learned that  a long awaited “yes” became a very sensible “no”.

In 2011 (I think) I was accepted into a chronic pain self-management group and I can honestly say that it changed my life. It was six weeks long with one 2 1/2 hour session once a week. However, a lot was packed into that time.

The group consisted of about a dozen people and 2 volunteer leaders. Everyone, including the leaders, either had chronic pain or were caregivers to someone who did. We listened to information; however, most of the group was interactive with brainstorming exercises, sharing experiences, and coming up with action plans to get through daily life.

All you would expect from a self-management program.

I came away with a “tool-box” full of ways…

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