Coming to terms with pain
Many of the people that we talked to felt that coming to terms with the reality that pain is likely to be a permanent part of their life was a vital process in living life with chronic pain. The alternative was thought to be pointless anger, aggression and bitterness that could ruin the person’s life and destroy their most important relationships.
Some people said that they were still struggling to come to terms with their pain and move on with life. Some people contrasted coming to terms with living with pain with their early and optimistic belief that they could and should ‘fight’ the pain. Others talked about not letting pain rule or ruin their life anymore.
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