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Saturday, March 3, 2012

I Am...More than My Pain. Who are You?

One of the people who I find to be a great resource for pain research, as well as for practical care and encouragement, is Karen Lee Richards who writes a blog on the website:

Her posting last week was just the inspiration I needed during a frustrating week with pain. I’m re-posting it here hoping it will inspire you as well in your journey.

"I Am…More Than My Pain"  by Karen L. Richards
Feb. 22, 2012

I am a mother, a grandmother, a niece, a cousin and a friend.  I’m a born-again Christian and my relationship with God is the center of my life.  I am proud to be an American and am not ashamed to admit that I tear up every time I hear our National Anthem.  I am also proud of my Irish heritage and have always enjoyed the fact that I was born on St. Patrick’s Day.

I’m a writer, an editor and an artist.  I’m a hard worker with perfectionist tendencies. I am loyal, sometimes to a fault.  I am a former ballet dancer.  I’m a music lover despite my terrible singing voice.  I am a patient advocate and co-founder of the National Fibromyalgia Association.  I’m an avid reader.  I’m an “I” junkie--iPhone, iPad and iMac.

I am blessed to have a wonderful loving and supportive family and good friends who have stuck by me for more than 40 years.  I’m an animal lover in general and a cat person in particular.  I’m a fan of the color purple, anything vanilla-scented, crossword puzzles, and old sitcoms.  I am trying to grow old gracefully, but gravity is winning the battle. I’m passionate about people and principles I believe in. I am comfortable with myself.

And,yes, I am a fibromyalgia patient; but I am oh, so much more.

Who are you?

Karen L Richards

  I've written down my list--I hope you will pause and take some time to write down yours, or
  at least consider it. You and I...we are so much more than our pain.

  Blessings, friends



  1. Here’s mine: I am a wife of a “jock” who is still the most handsome man I know; mom to three young adults who are turning out fabulously despite all our blunders, and a thrilled “Mimi” of two practically perfect grandbabies. I’m a daughter, and a grand-daughter (my “Grammie” will be 99 in May!). I have made many embarrassing mistakes in my life, and thank God for his mercy provided through Jesus Christ, my savior.

    I am a lover of water, mountains and trees, and I do what I can to take care of our environment. I’m a kayaker, a hiker and an avid reader and writer. I write as I learn and I learn as I write.

    I am crazy for the colors lime green, purple, and black. I’m a southern woman so my friends and I still call each other “girls” even though we are in our forties and fifties. I am passionate about helping others come to understand that each of us has a story worth knowing and caring about; and also that each of us is can and should help one another however little or much we can, regardless of the difficulty of our own personal life circumstances.

    And, yes, I am a person who has a severe pain disorder; but, I am so much more.

  2. I'm in tears. For the past three years, I couldn't see past my pain. I truly had a hard time seeing that I am more than pain. But, in the last months, I've started to see myself as so much more than that - thanks to you and Martha (

    Thank you for this post. I have to go make a list!!! I'm smiling!

  3. Yes, make that list! We are so much more than our pain! And thanks to Martha for helping us see that!

  4. Judi-
    What amazing Women-who all have so many parts of their life that go way beyond dealing with Chronic Pain. You humble me-when making the comment that I have been of help to see what its like to look beyond Pain. God bless you for that wonderful compliment.

    I am a Tough Texas Woman-who has been married to the most wonderful man for almost 37 years. I can still find laughter, in spite of Pain, I can still feel compassion-and put myself out of the picture for a little bit, and I am a Oral History Interviewer for people of all ages, and having been blessed to interview some of our most treasured WWII Veterans and I am a Mother-filled with heavy duty emotional heart-break.

    All these pieces of me are given to me by God-as my Faith runs deep and I go to HIM each day. I am not perfect and make a lot of mistakes but I do have a heart that is filled with deep caring of all. Thank you for helping us to pause and Make that List-it helps to remember we were here before our Pain arrived. We will find our way through it by the grace of God.

    Many Blessings. Martha

  5. We are called to walks we would have never traveled, yet God lead us there...and we are still "us", hopefully better able to see our need for Christ, and able to find our worth in Him. Thank you for writing this, Martha. What an amazing woman you are!