The Battle Is Constant
Recently, I had someone ask a question many have asked recently. “So, are you all better now?” To that I replied, “Absolutely not, but I’m dealing with things much better.” This person said, “But I thought you were no longer in pain and able to do whatever you want. I heard you were back preaching and able to get out with your family.” All I could do was shake my head over people’s misunderstanding concerning chronic pain.
You see, chronic pain does not just go away. Especially if someone has some life altering condition. Trust me, I’ve done everything a doctor could request. Yet, my pain is not something I can ever totally control. All I can do is monitor my symptoms and make the best life decisions. Every hour of my life is still affected by my permanent nerve damage. Every decision is still based on what I’ve learned is my new normal.
People don’t get over permanent stuff. Instead, they must learn with God’s help how to walk through it. The best thing you can do to encourage someone with chronic pain is seek to understand their struggle. Most of them feel so misunderstood by their closest of loved ones and friends. For this reason I’m an advocate and counselor for many who need support.
While many are moving on with life. These folks are still wondering if they still have a life. While many do what they want when they want. These folks know their entire life approach must be altered. These folks may look alright on the outside, but there is always a constant battle taking place on the inside. Their chronic pain is never cured, but they always long for God’s comfort. I’m so glad for my struggle and my comfort as it allows me to help others.
“He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.” (2 Corinthians 1:4)