What is it that keeps you going, that gives you the strength to get up and face each day when you know you'll be dealing with the monster that chronic pain is?
For me, I think it's mostly stubbornness, lol. My mom always said I was "head-strong and stubborn". I like to think of it as being determined, lol. I get up every day and shower and get dressed, even when we have no plans to do anything, for my hubby. I want to look at least half decent for him (he is 8 years younger after all, LOL). When I don't (and there are days, my worse days, that I don't) I think that how I'm dressed effects how I feel as well. He does encourage me to get up and move around so I won't stiffen up, even if it's just to get out to go down the street to get a coffee from Tim Horton's. I think that sometimes he makes up excuses to go out, just so that I'm up and moving around. I don't want him to feel like he's being dragged down even though I might feel like I am.
I also feel like my dad is always looking in on me (he passed when I was a teenager), and I wouldn't want him to see me not living well, or not doing the best that I can.
What gives you the strength to face each day?
APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own