Just read this Dear Abby-thought it could help some

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Lanie, Aug 13, 2003.

  1. Lanie

    Lanie New Member


    ABBY: Like "Smiling Through the Pain," I, too, suffer from
    chronic pain. When my doctor told me that there were no
    medications at this time that would make the pain go away,
    I asked, "How am I going to endure this?"

    She replied, "Live one day at a time. Live each day to the
    fullest. Laugh heartily, love deeply, pray daily -- and let the rest roll off."

    I then asked, "How am I going to live with the pain?"

    She said, "Surround yourself with positive things -- positive people, sunshine, rainbows, roses, puppies and kittens."

    After reflecting upon what she had said, I realized that
    this is a great prescription for anyone's life. That doctor probably saved mine. Not only did she give my monstrous disease a name, she helped me to make my life worth living again.

    I have good days and bad. I curse the bad ones and praise
    God for the good ones. The "good" pain comes when I have
    accomplished what I wanted to do that day. The "bad" pain
    comes when I refrain from doing what I want to do -- and
    hurt anyway.

    Every day I get up, get dressed and have something planned
    to do. And, Abby, I try to perform at least one act of
    kindness for someone each day. Regardless of my pain, it
    makes each day seem fuller.

    I hope you will find this letter appropriate to share with
    your readers. If it helps someone else who is hurting (for
    whatever reason), then my effort will not have been in vain.
    -- TRYING TO SMILE THROUGH THE PAIN, PARK HILLS, MO.

    DEAR TRYING: I don't know what act of will it took for you
    to compose your letter, but it is certainly worth space in
    my column. Your doctor is a wise woman, and you are far more than a survivor. Your philosophy will help more people than you know, and on my behalf and theirs, I thank you for sharing it. I wish you continued success in your daily battle. You are an inspiration.

    Hope this letter could help inspire you all as well.
    Have a beautiful day!
    Lanie
  2. granmakitty12

    granmakitty12 New Member

    What an inspiring message!! I will definitely think about this now and always. Have a great day!!

    Smiling through the pain, Granmakitty
  3. wle

    wle New Member

    I had intended to post just how awful I feel today - really hurting - but after reading the above - I am thankful for the pain because it is "good pain". I mowed my 1 acre yard last night. (I do have a rider mower - could not mowe otherwise.) I took a couple pain pills and will get through this day with a smile because of that beautiful post. Today I will be thankful for the good pain and the good people on this site. WLE