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.