In my own healing journey, I have found it helpful to both read stories from those with similar injuries and/or chronic pain as well as to write about and share my experiences during my own personal recovery. Stories and narrative accounts have the potential to foster connection with each other by increasing our ability to understand another person’s unique experience of injury and recovery. Each person has their own trials and triumphs and as we allow ourselves to be vulnerable and share tough experiences we not only give others the chance to see our humanity, but we allow others to be human as well.
Check out my post on “The National Pain Report” website for more about the importance of sharing stories: both for personal benefit and as healthcare professionals.
The Power of Storytelling: A Human Perspective of Chronic Pain
If you are interested in reading more about my story of recovery from chronic pain, check out my book (available on Amazon):
Moments from A Year of Healing: A Book of Memories and Essays