It’s never a question of IF there is pain; it’s a question of which of the little faces above* describes the pain level the best at any given moment.
If you’ve ever experienced chronic pain, or have loved somebody who has, you know exactly what I mean.
Fibromyalgia, a pain-signaling disorder that affects the nerves and muscles and is still relatively new to medical research, chose to begin it’s nasty attack on my body in 2011, progressively sending the nerves in my stomach, neck, back, legs, head, jaw, and face into a constant state of fight-or- flight.
But sometimes those little emotive faces don’t capture all that’s behind chronic pain. Pain can affect every aspect of life: your daily rhythms, your relationships, your interaction with doctors, your mental health, and your understanding of God. Experiencing pain on a daily basis helps you feel the desperation of the characters of the Bible and also empathize with others who may face pain due to disability, anxiety, depression, discrimination or racial injustice and a whole host of other things.
In this blog, you will find reflections and insights on all of those topics.
Whether you’re currently in pain or if you know someone else who is, I hope this blog can be a helpful way to begin to see and feel what is behind the pained faces in your life and in the lives of those around you. I don’t attempt to have answers, but sometimes just knowing you’re not alone goes a long way.
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-Kelly Joiner Aalseth
* Image based off of the “Wong-Baker Faces Pain Rating Scale”