Although people may care, they cannot fully understand how much pain or what it’s like to cope if they don’t experience it.
As a former professional athlete, I had to learn to cope with pain. The violent childhood I endured also prepared me to cope with chronic pain.
I joined a chronic pain group and managed to stick around for a year. I learned about break-through pain and ways to calm down. Eventually I realized that the group was counter-productive with all of the oppression olympics going on. “How bad was your week?” or “Can you top this misery?” seemed to just keep us all chasing our tails.
I don’t want to fear my pain.