Embracing life with chronic pain and illnesses.

Work

Here is an interesting question….is “work” a four letter word?  LOL

I can hear so many different responses in my mind…both positive and negative.

My sister and I always blamed our Dad for our work ethic…the fact that we only knew how to give 110 percent or more…every day…that we gave no heed to confining our work day to the typical 8 hours.

We were very proud of learning this vital lesson from our Dad…and, I am sure our brothers would attest to the same.

Having been forced out of the workplace due to my Fibromyalgia/Polyarthralgia/Chronic Pain Disorder/etc., I can now see how that same “ethic” flows into every aspect of my life.  It was also the hardest part of me to learn how to “control”.

My conditions have forced me to no longer approach life like I used to…yes…no longer approaching life “full throttle”!

To go from “full throttle” to barely charged was a HUGE shift in paradigm.  Anyone with chronic health illness(es)/condition(s) and those close to them know this all too well.  It is a major transformation that can, and should, be thought of as a “death” of one’s old self.

There is a grieving period that we go through, while trying to take in all the other changes…EVERY single aspect of our life has been changed.  And, this change typically does not come on gradually, but is like a massive explosion…

I am thankful for all those years that I was able to work…for the friendships that were made during that time.

If you are able to work, I hope that you can take a step back and appreciate it!  Remember that by working, you are providing not only an income stream for yourself and your family… you are building relationships with coworkers, clients, customers, managers, sales reps, etc.

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Comments on: "Work" (1)

  1. I can definitely relate to the internal change of accepting that I can’t work or push through until I accomplish my goals! We also face the challenge that our culture is very work oriented. We get to know each other by saying “what do you do?” If you aren’t part of the workforce, your worth is really questioned. It can be hard to rediscover self-worth even if you aren’t “productive”!

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