March 08, 2016

Victim No More

Battling chronic pain can make us feel helpless at times. How can we overcome these feelings and move forward to improve our pain?...

Inspirational Quote: Each day is a new opportunity to make things BETTER.


Change What You Can
While we can’t control everything, we can choose to accept responsibility for our healthcare. We can educate ourselves about our conditions, advocate for our needs, and learn self-care measures (like pacing) that can decrease pain. Often, even small changes can make a big difference.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, [and] the courage to change the things I can...”  Reinhold Niebuhr
Tweet: “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, [and] the courage to change the things I can...” – Reinhold Niebuhr



Remember Your Progress
While it’s important to recognize what we still need help with, it’s also important to remember how far we’ve come. Celebrate accomplishments  even small ones  they show your growth.

You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.”  Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life
Tweet: “You are not where you want to be, but neither are you where you used to be.” – Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life



Use Your Pain for Good
Finding a way to use our pain for good can help us tolerate it better. Our experiences in life, both good and bad, can help someone else going through the same thing.

God wants to use your weaknesses, not just your strengths.”  Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life
Tweet: “God wants to use your weaknesses, not just your strengths.” – Rick Warren, Purpose Driven Life

There's an inspiring group of young women on a reality TV show called Push GirlsEven though they are confined to wheelchairs, they challenge themselves to find new ways to do everything they did before they became paralyzed.



Never Give Up Hope
In an amazing story of recovery, the Encyclopedia of World Biography says Wilma Rudolph rose from disability to Olympic glory

At age four, Wilma battled Polio and lost use of her left leg. But after five years of treatment, she began walking without leg braces. In 1960, she made Olympic history becoming “the first American woman to win three gold medals in the track and field competition.”

You never know what the future holds. There's still hope for you! 
For more help, check out the Heal Hope 
Chronic Pain Resource Guide







References

Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr.
BrainyQuote website. Available at: 
http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/r/reinholdni100884.html 
Accessed March 3, 2016.

Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth am I Here For? by Rick Warren, 1954.
Google Books website. Available at:
https://books.google.com ("You are not where you want to be...")
https://books.google.com ("God wants to use your weaknesses...")
Accessed February 29, 2016

Wilma Rudolph Biography.
Encyclopedia of World Biography website. Available at:
http://www.notablebiographies.com/Ro-Sc/Rudolph-Wilma.html
Accessed February 29, 2016











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