Operation week

Good evening and welcome to my blog and Facebook page followers.

Operation week…

This week I would like to write about my latest operation and attempts at self-care.

For my blog post regulars you will be aware that I have had chronic pain for nearly 9 years.

I choose to try and live as good and as productive a life as possible and choose to live alongside my pain, rather than let it dominate my whole experience. I do this with the help of long-term counselling, mindfulness meditation, a love of ice-skating and a commitment to self-care practices.

I am not saying that this is an easy life, and I don’t always get it right, but my life is a lot more positive than it was 4-5 years ago. This growth in myself is what motivates me to be a counsellor. My ultimate aim is having the privilege of supporting others through difficult and challenging life circumstances. Chronic pain and long-term health conditions being one of these challenges…

Chronic pain can affect the whole body.

This brings me nicely on to talk about my experiences this week…

After a year of stomach pains I chose to have an exploratory operation to try and locate the cause. I have been trying to maintain a positive outlook through the recovery process of this operation. But I have to admit it is difficult at the moment. I am feeling frustration at my body for not being able to run and not being able to jump in my ice skating whilst I heal.

I am a very physically active person and having restrictions on what I can do is so hard to manage. My mind says yes and my body says no way!

I have been focusing on gratitude that the operation went well and no further treatment is needed.

I have also been focusing on enjoying rest periods by watching my favourite ‘go-to’ feel good films, such as Hairspray and my favourite TV show, which is of course Dancing on Ice.

Here is me and my lad enjoying some rest time:

Quality time…

I would be really interested to hear from you. If you are going through a hard time right now with a long-term health condition, or the stresses of day-to-day life and I would love to hear some of the ways that you use to best manage. You can find my page on Facebook ‘Flourishing MK’ and of course you are welcome to follow and comment on my blog posts.

As always much love and best wishes,

Mary

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