It’s taken me years to learn how to manage my many cancer pains properly…
Partly because there’s no manual for doing so.
Partly because everyone’s journey is unique.
Partly because I had to learn that pain does more than hurt.
Partly because I had to learn how the medical system works.
Partly because my medical professionals and I needed time to get to know each other.
Partly because finding the root cause of certain pains is not always easy.
Partly because finding the root cause of certain pains takes time.
Partly because I was still learning what cancer does to a human body.
Partly because I didn’t want to be a crybaby.
Partly because I didn’t want to be a bother.
Partly because I hoped the pain would just go away.
Partly because I wanted to experience what full on cancer pain really feels like.
Partly because I was worried the cure might be worse than the disease.
Partly because I was afraid of getting hooked on opioids.
Partly because I didn’t realize how many effective interventions are available–medicines, surgeries, and radiation treatments.
And so, I have gone under-medicated and under-treated… sometimes for days and weeks… because I under-reported the nature and the severity of my pain symptoms.
And so, I repeat my only unsolicited advice: Don’t suffer needlessly. Don’t do what I did. Let your health care providers know you are in pain… or in any discomfort whatsoever… and be absolutely honest about your symptoms. They really do want to help. Don’t be a hero.
DON’T BE A HERO.