A new member of my fibromyalgia support group said something that was profound. It does not only pertain to those with fibromyalgia, but all who have chronic pain and have kept their faith. She said,
"Hello Guys! I'm back!
I'm feeling better - and I didn't kill anyone with this flare up - can you believe it!!
I've been reading the daily digest - you guys are amazing! Staying positive, giving advice, not getting irritated - congrats!
I really think we have Fibro to show the world how strong you really can be. People without Fibro doesn't have that "inner power" we do - we cope with life, pain, rejection and heck knows what else and we
stay positive, we help others ... in a way Fibro makes us stronger.
I hope to chat to you guys soon - I'll be checking my email every few minutes!"
Its very hard for people who are struggling with pain and not able to accomplish the basics, to think of themselves as strong, but this friend is right. Even though we are limited, and feel useless, we have an inner strength that we might never have gotten in any other way. Every cloud, no matter how long lasting and how destructive, does have a silver lining, but it often takes years to see any benefits of the suffering. There is always a purpose for everything.