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Welcome to Despite Pain

Thank you for visiting my blog. My name is Liz and I’ve been living with a few painful conditions for many years so I know first-hand what it’s like to live with chronic pain. You can find a bit more about me here.

Living With Chronic Pain can Be Overwhelming

Chronic pain can be unpredictable and so overwhelming at times. It affects us emotionally as well as physically. When you live with chronic pain, so many emotions can become involved like grief, guilt and loneliness.

We can easily become squashed down by it. It might feel as though the pain is the only thing in our lives because it’s always there. Pain every hour of the day and night. It takes over, doesn’t it?

But is it really the only thing in our lives?

Is it possible to still enjoy life, despite living with chronic pain?

I Want to Enjoy Life, Despite My Pain

I want to enjoy life despite my pain but I admit it’s not easy.

Over the years, I’ve learned that in order to enjoy life, I need to try to manage my pain and deal with the rollercoaster of emotions that become involved.

Managing pain isn’t the same as curing pain. Unfortunately, there is no magic cure. But managing it can help me to cope. If I can cope, I can enjoy life a little bit more.

What My Blog Is About

My blog won’t be all sunshine and roses, full of false promises and toxic positivity. It will be real because pain is real and I am real. I will be writing about the cruel realities of living with pain in the hope that my posts might help non-pain sufferers to understand what we deal with.

Helping others to understand means a lot to me, so you’ll find many posts about awareness. My posts will mainly be about living with chronic pain, trigeminal neuralgia (a facial pain condition), back and rib pain and coeliac disease (which has possibly caused some of my pain issues). I will share tips that I have learned along the way and suggest ways to deal with those negative emotions so that you can hopefully find some enjoyment in your life again.

Just so you know, I am not medically qualified. I’m just like you – I live with pain every day of my life.

Welcome to Despite Pain is written on a wooden fence in front of a field of yellow buttercups

Navigating My Blog

You’ll find a category menu on the sidebar of the page. You’ll also find a search box, recent post list and most popular post list there too.

You can find all of my blog posts by clicking on the following button:

At the top of the blog, you’ll find a menu which lists my main topics.

Click on the following buttons to visit:

Sometimes blogs are hard to follow and it can be difficult to find a specific post. Hopefully, you’ll find what you’re looking for here. But if you can’t, please email me at liz@despitepain.com or drop me a message on Facebook or Twitter.

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And stop by on Twitter or Facebook to say hello. I often ask questions on those social media pages as research for future posts. Why not join me there so you can take part?


Thanks again for joining me here. I love to hear from readers, so please do leave a comment on posts.

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23 thoughts on “Home

  1. Wililiams

    Hey there!! I think your positive outlook on what can easily be a negative situation is remarkable. I really enjoyed reading your post.

  2. Swagata Sen

    Loved your blog and the fact that how you chose to share your pain with the world. I know how difficult life could get sometimes for those who suffer from chronic pain. Really a great effprt to share your journey with others with the same condition. I am sure your blog would be a great resource for them

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  4. Smiling and laughing can sound so simple but can be difficult for some. Just a simple smile to a passerby can make someones day.

    1. I always think that we don’t know what’s going on with someone else. They might not have had a smile from someone for a while. It costs nothing to give one.

  5. Sumer J Foster

    I clicked over here from Pinterest. The pic/link says ‘Disability equipment and clothing.’ I cannot find anything about that. A little misleading.

    1. Sorry about that. That pin is the cover pic for a board on Pinterest. The pins on the board are from other websites and blogs which have articles about disability equipment. I have many boards with pins from other sites, but they all have a cover pic linked to my own blog. (I need to link the cover pics to my blog)

  6. ron royse

    most med schools teach little about pain if it’s not a doctor or someone who knows your exact pain you are talking to a wall

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