Whether you were born into pain, you pick it up along the way, you experience it later on in life, you will face pain at some point.
I mainly talk about physical pain, my SCD pain, because that’s what I experience the most and I can say I’m somewhat of an expert on how SCD affects my body, but obviously physical pain is not the only type of pain there is and over time, I’ve come to know what mental/emotional pain feels like.
It seems like more and more people are approaching the idea of “speaking freely” about their mental health and it’s about time. I don’t have a diagnostic saying I suffer from any mental condition and I can’t thank God enough because I think I’m dealing with plenty already, but I know the mental anguish SCD has brought on. Once these pain meds were added, it was a recipe for disaster. But I push through daily.
Some people aren’t able to push through because of the different kinds of pain that they’re dealing with, be it mental and/or physical. Experiencing different people at the SCD clinic has been an eye opener for me; sadly though, my fellow SickleCellers don’t like to talk about that part of it.
Pain is unavoidable. At some point or the next, we all experience pain. To the best of your ability, whether you have to talk to someone, whether you have to take pain meds, whether you have to get down on your knees and pray; you have to find a way to deal with the pain, because on the other side of the pain, there’s this beautiful person who’s waiting to flourish. It’s not always easy, but we’re all built to deal with it, successfully.
Smile, it could be worse!!!