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Kat's Meow: Furry Companion Helped Chronic Pain Sufferer Learn To Cope, Thrive

Saturday 1 June 2019


From US newspaper the Carroll County Times:


Aimee De Lurant

Commentary Kat's Meow: Furry companion helped chronic pain sufferer learn to cope, thrive

By Kat Helms
Other Voices
May 31, 2019
Copyright (c) 2019 Carroll County Times.

The anticipation began to bubble up into excitement. The possibility peaked with a hope and then plummeted like an empty wish dashing my heart into broken shards on the ground because no one picked me to be on the dodgeball team at recess. In childhood, many of us have had those kinds of experiences. Expectations don’t always meet the realities of our circumstances.

In my adult life, fibromyalgia picked me to be on a team I didn’t want to be on. The circumstances depleted my body of its past abilities; waning my energies and pounding me with pain; no answers to the why. I could wallow in my limitations or get creative about life. I chose to think of fibromyalgia as my biggest teacher. I had the power to change my thinking and choose to use my energies, what little I had, to navigate life differently.

That said, at my lowest moments of not being able to get out of bed or do the simplest daily tasks such as getting groceries or doing dishes, I began to think about what would motivate and help me in the middle of my pain and fatigue. Many times, my family did not understand what I was going through because I looked just fine on the outside. One day, I was able to do an activity and the next I could not. The inconsistency was hard on my family and friends. Many times, I felt no one understood.


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