The other day I had lunch with my Mom.  We spent a lot of time talking about different things: gardening, family Christmas plans, Dad’s health, you know – things that seem important.  We even spent some time laughing.

Like clockwork, Mom gets up after lunch to take some of her medicine.  This time she caught me eyeing her with a particularly awkward stare. In light of this next issue on pain from Home Cures That Work, I asked her, “What is it like to be in pain all the time?”

I’ve been with her to the doctors, sat with her for epidural injections, pushed her in physical therapy and have watched her cry just from being touched.

She glanced around the table as if looking for some help or guidance, then tried to gain some composure, or at least fought to find the right words.

“How do you answer a question I am not able to answer myself?  How do you give every detail of every day being effected, and give the emotions a person in chronic pain goes through with clarity?”

She goes on to explain the difference between being in pain and being healthy is having to make choices or to consciously think about energy when the rest of the world doesn’t have to, a luxury in life so many take for granted.

This month’s Home Cures That Work issue explains the world of choices to those in chronic pain.  When other people can simply do things, you have to attack pain like you are strategizing a war.

Effective Pain Management <—-4 Tips To End The Suffering

Fight off the searing pain, journey through perilous nerves and remove the disguise of stress.

Pain Management <——No Laughing Matter… Or Is It?

You give of yourself in every little – or big – thing you do. Make sure it is not a waste.

No Pain, No Gain? <—-The Best Natural Relief

You have to crawl out of bed in the morning and make yourself something to eat before you can do anything else.  If you don’t, you might as well as give up for today — and possibly tomorrow.

How Certain “Good Eats” Can Relieve Your Aches and Pains <–Reduce the sting that go ouch in the night

After talking with my Mom, I may not be able to say that I truly and honestly understand what living with pain is about.  What I do comes easy, but for those with chronic pain, it is a 100 little jobs in one.

If you are in pain like my Mom, please don’t run away.  You might find community.  You might find purpose. You might find that sharing what you are going through might actually help you. Your story and experiences might help someone else in pain and show them they are not alone.

I hope you take the opportunity to plan ahead, make a reserve of comfort for yourself and feel the time you have with someone is special.  If chronic pain is your reality, then being prepared for the worst is common and far more predictable than you care to admit.  Enjoy some freedom to just “be” with Home Cures That Work this month:

P.S.  The game of life doesn’t guarantee losing or winning, painful or carefree, but it is good to know where to start.  Start with good health from Home Cures That Work membership and get more out of life. Our membership comes with more than 36 past issues of truth in health for you.