With all of the struggles I have had in my life, from weight loss and self confidence, to chronic pain and post traumatic stress disorder, I had given up on ever considering myself “healthy.” I’m still astounded to see how far I have come, and I want to share my stories and continuing efforts to better myself.
My story, like the stories of most who have chronic pain, is very convoluted, emotional, and intertwined with other struggles in my life. It has taken me years to get where I am today and I didn’t do it without help, support, and love from those around me. I took my greatest steps forward when I realized that I wasn’t alone, and had the support of other chronic pain warriors. Chronic pain can be incredibly lonely, and it is my hope that with this blog, it doesn’t always have to be.
Originally, when I started this blog, I did not want to share the story of falling down the rabbit hole. No one likes reliving the past, and God knows my family has listened to me tirelessly when getting control of my PTSD was the primary focus of my life. I have spent the better part of the last seven years re-living the fears of my past, battling through the struggles of letting go and moving on, and healing old scars. It wasn’t fun, and often it wasn’t very positive. I want this blog to be a place focused on moving forward, all of the fun projects and activities that I (over)fill my life with, and how PTSD and chronic pain have had an effect on this journey of discovering myself again.