Friday, September 26, 2014

Pain Awareness Month Draws to a Close - A Recap by Celeste Cooper

September is a busy month for me as advocate, author, educator, and as a person living with chronic pain and illness. It is the month to raise awareness for the other 100,000+ million Americans, and countless others around the globe. And to hopefully change attitudes of discrimination and judgment that threatens our self worth. A time to fight for proper treatments that result in improved outcome.

The Sun is located on the vernal equinox, daylight and dark are equal, and autumn begins. For me, fall marks a time not only to advocate, but to educate my comrades in pain through my blog and through Fall Devotions in our Broken Body, Wounded Spirit: Balancing the See-Saw of Chronic Pain seasonal book series. Personally, I celebrate fall with an annual weekend get together with my healthcare colleagues. We have done this for over thirty years and I have only missed once. To say I embrace our need for socialization, regardless of obstacles, is an understatement. And when I need reminders on how to care for myself, those who share this trek with me, many who are our readers, wrap me in their virtual loving arms.

“Come along, it is time to begin our journey as we walk through the beautiful falling leaves that fill our path with color and diversity. Be prepared to kick up new ideas that come from this season grabbing at those of personal interest, those that entice you to learn more. Decorate your life with vast opportunities that autumn offers. Feel the crisp clean air as it fills you up, and prepare for the bounty you will soon discover.”
Excerpt from the introduction to Fall Devotions.

This is a season of time and energy which threatens to drain me because of chronic migraine and spinal disease, which flare FM and CFS and the autoimmune comorbid disorders I endure. But fear not, it is also a season of vigorous collaboration. The rewards of being a catalyst, a change agent, cannot  be measured. The value is found in humankind giving reason to advocate and educate. Here are the blogs written by me this September.

I am continually lifted up no matter how bleak one day may seem, because there is another in the past or the future that is sure to adjust my perspective.

“I cherish my friends because we stand together 
heading in the same direction.”

Go in strength my friends.

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Update as of April 2015

"Adversity is only an obstacle if we fail to see opportunity."  
Celeste Cooper, RN
Author—Patient—Health Central Chronic Pain Pro Advocate
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