I attended the Working with Pain talk on November 2nd and heard some amazing information about what pain is and what resources are available, like the local Pain Clinic at the VG hospital.
Discussion shifted to the idea of a pain support group on campus. The thought of having a supportive group of colleagues who “get it” when it comes to pain and its related issues got me teary. This took me a bit by surprise. I realized I’ve been pushing down my feelings, carrying on with the task at hand, not letting my pain “get the best of me.” This speaks to the complexity of the issues and feelings involved. All aspects of one’s life are affected. I mourn my past active body, I worry about dealing with daily pain in the present and I worry about what it means for my future. And I worry about crying in front of others in a support group setting.
I have experienced what it is like in the Dal caregivers support group to have people around the table that you don’t have to explain things to and who give empathy unconditionally. And, yes, I cry at almost every meeting. So what? I am human. Feelings need to be expressed and processed. Perhaps this is one way of doing it.
Do you or a family member experience pain? Would you like to join an on-campus support group? Have your name added to the contact list by emailing Healthy@Dal.ca.