The World Pain Summit ’21 was free to attend for persons with lived experience, but was also for physicians and other allied healthcare professionals, so that we can deliver the best care for people with chronic pain. As a person with lived experience, here’s what you need to know from Day 1!
When you have a chronic illness, there is always something that is the matter with yourself… But I feel like I have choices. Give in to all of this stuff that is “the matter with me” or do what matters to me. I’m not saying that this is always an easy choice to make, and sometimes we do have to “give in” in the sense that we have to have balance where we take care of our needs, though I posit that doesn’t necessarily mean fully giving up on what matters to you.
I think that I sometimes give off the impression that I’m 100% fine 100% of the time, which as anyone with a chronic illness or dealing with chronic pain knows, is simply not true.
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Recently I read an article in a psychotherapy magazine put out by the BCACC (British Columbia Association of Accredited Counsellors)
Literally my least favourite question when I go into any doctor or specialist appointment is, “what is your pain like