I have been thinking about the connection between our thoughts that create our emotions and oftentimes increase the pain of everyone, not just those with chronic illnesses. I am not a doctor. I am just drawing on my personal experience, and I absolutely believe there is a connection.
When I am in a lot of pain, I cannot tolerate watching the news, which is mostly bad lately, or a violent, harsh movie. If I do, I feel worse, and depression sets in like a tsunami. I was made acutely aware of this during my last level nine episode this weekend.
I also know that if I start thinking of sad or painful past experiences, I get emotional, and I relive the pain of the past. That is why I immediately stop my mind from wandering to painful moments that are long gone. Instead, I turn my thoughts to the blessings in my life. Whenever I do this, there is such a turn around in my thoughts, my emotions, and my pain.
I was just wondering if anyone else has had this experience. I hope that we can always be supportive, caring, and helpful to everyone who visits this forum. Life is hard enough, but it can be a real burden when a chronic illness is added to the mix. This board has been a lifesaver for me, and I just want to say thank you to all those who have helped me through this last year. You all are one of my blessings.
Published On: April 07, 2011