On the very worst days with pain, just putting your feet on the floor and getting out of bed can be a challenge. On days like this, we find that chronic pain quotes and sayings can be of tremendous benefit. Sometimes these reminders help us find the strength to move into and through our day. Sometimes they comfort us when the pain is especially bad.
Here are seven chronic pain quotes and sayings to provide encouragement and motivation when both are at their lowest.
“Some days, 24 hours is too much to stay put in, so I take the day hour by hour, moment by moment. I break the task, the challenge, the fear into small, bite-size pieces. I can handle a piece of fear, depression, anger, pain, sadness, loneliness, illness.” Regina Brett
Just one moment at a time. One step. One foot on the floor before the other. Sometimes these are the ways in which chronic pain patients must face the day. In these small bites, taken one at a time, chronic pain and its attendant heavy emotions can be borne.
“Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars.” Kahlil Gibran
Kahlil Gibran is a poet who is best known for his tender verses on love, but here he points out what chronic pain patients know: Pain and suffering creates strong, willful people who are shaped by not only the pain but also by their experience of living through it. Scars are a reminder that we have come though something tremendous. Chronic pain patients can trace their lives though their map of scars, both literal and figurative.
“You just do it. You force yourself to get up. You force yourself to put one foot before the other, and…you refuse to let it get to you. You fight. You cry. You curse. Then you go about your business of living. That’s how I’ve done it. There’s no other way.” Elizabeth Taylor
Living with chronic pain, whether diagnosed or still seeking answers, sometimes the only thing to be done is to simply move forward. Crying and sometimes cursing, the important part is that you don’t give up. You keep pushing through, going about the business of living because, ultimately, even with pain, life is a gift, and it’s happening right now.
“No matter what happens, no matter how far you seem to be away from where you want to be, never stop believing that you will somehow make it. Have an unrelenting belief that things will work out, that the long road has a purpose, that the things you desire may not happen today, but they will happen. Continue to persist and persevere.” Brad Gast
One of the hardest things to do when the pain flares up is to keep going. It would be easy to stay in bed. It would be easy to forget all of the things you want to do in your life. But keeping the “unrelenting belief” that you have a purpose in your life, a purpose beyond just surviving your pain, can be a powerful tool to keep you moving forward.
“When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.” Theodore Roosevelt
Holding on until the day is over is sometimes what gets chronic pain patients through the very worst days. It cannot last forever, and every day is a chance to start again.
“Find a place inside where there’s joy, and that will burn out the pain.” Joseph Campbell
Campbell is not speaking literally, of course, but rather urging us to distract ourselves with the innate joy we all have inside.
“Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” Orison Swett Marden
Ultimately, measuring success in chronic pain is less about ending the pain forever and more about the ability to cope and thrive no matter what your pain levels are. It’s not about ignoring or pushing through the pain in such a way that makes it worse but in looking deep within yourself and finding the courage to live your life in a way that makes it about more than just the pain.
On your worst days, or those days when your loved ones are suffering the most, what are your favorite chronic pain quotes and sayings that help?