Compassion for the hurting

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I feel compassion tonight for those who have to endure chronic pain. “Chronic pain” is defined as “… pain that lasts longer than six months.” Chronic pain can be mild or excruciating, episodic or continuous, merely inconvenient or totally incapacitating. A very close friend of mine wakes up most days and goes to bed most nights in excruciating chronic pain. I’ve seen the physical and emotional toll it takes on him. I feel sadness for those who experience this day in and day out. I’m guessing that part of the struggle is that others don’t/can’t really get it or understand. It’s one thing to have chronic pain; it’s another thing to feel alone in it. I want to be that friend that is respectfully standing on the edges of your chronic pain – not pretending to understand it – but standing with you in it… caring and wanting you to know you are not forgotten or alone. I’m not standing there as a judge as if you shouldn’t have your pain or could remedy it if you did or believed this or that. I’m not standing there with the thought of fixing something, as if I or anyone could. I’m here only to say that I feel compassion and empathy for your pain. I wish I could take it away but in lieu of that I will walk through it with you.

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