Sunday, September 22, 2013
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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Growing up my family moved frequently. I eventually developed an internal clock that would quietly whisper to me when we were in one place for too long. I understood that moving was a necessity but not always my favorite part of family life. However, I usually found friends quickly once our move was made. In school, choir was my passion. I wasn't the best singer but I always tried!!! I enjoyed choir because no matter where we moved I would immediately have a group to be a part of.
As I aged and stopped singing I learned quickly that I would need to start locating friends in other ways. Even after I moved away from my family I continued the tradition of moving around. In college, I met people who were studying the same degree as I was. After graduating I found my friendships in coworkers, sharing our life experiences.
Trouble occurred when I became ill. Many of my current friends at the time were at a loss as to how to identify with me any longer. I myself was unsure of who I was and what I had to bring to the table as a friend. I've since lost some friendships, but I have found so many more. Today, many of my friends are other sufferers of chronic pain. Some may read that and think "what a bunch of downers", those people would be wrong. I have found treatment ideas from my friends, support through the tough times and a tons of laughs. Most of these friends live all over the world and I have never met them in person. That's ok to me. Through distance they show me that they understand my struggles because they are experiencing the same ones.
I believe that a person can show empathy without walking a mile in my shoes. But I believe true understanding comes from being in the trenches with me. I wish everyday for the world to be pain free. I would never wish my pain on another. And I would love to take the pain of others so that they can have a moment of peace. I hate suffering day to day; but I am thankful to have found my "choir" where I always fit in and everything seems to make sense.