I am new to this board, and none of you know me yet, but I would like to tell you what I've found. First, although I am introducing myself, it is for qualification only and that is not why this post was made.
I broke my back in 1986. Shots, surgery, rehab, you name it. Been on narcotics for over 20 yrs. I started using online/telemed in 2002. My physical pain is usually equaled, and often exceeded by mental and emotional dispair. Enough about me.
There was/is situation, where a memberof this community is down, hurting and saddend, in pain, beyond the physical, suffering on a level that, Lord willing, you will never have to go through. And as one who has personally been there, felt such pain, dispair and suffering, wishing for the end, I tell you it happens all to often. I saw members here reach out, supporting and encouraging in a way that defies the selfishness and "what about me" attitude that has become commonplace today. This was done with no expectation of personal gain or promise of reward, seeking only to help where the could.
I cannot begin to tell you how VERY crucial it is to have a place where one can, w/o fear of judgement or indictment, open up, put word to feeling, shed the facade many of us, as chronic pain sufferers, put on everyday. The masks we wear in front of our wives and children, what we try to portray to our loved ones, they take a toll. Often, the ratio of "what we show them" to "how we really are" is negatively disproportionate. The burden can become seemingly unbearable.
By reason of 4 children: 3 girls, one autistic, and a 16 month boy with his own issues, I no longer the time i used to have. But when I can, I'll be here.
Everyone has come here for their own reasons. Many may just want they want, 'nuff said. But this is more than just a reference guide. It is also a community where you can be yourself, no mask. Where you can be honest w/o fear, ask advice when questions arise, and gather strength if yours fails. May you find what your looking for, and use what you have to restore and return another to a better place.