Well honestly one of the best things that I have found about having CP is meeting all the folks right here! I hate to see everyone in such pain! And some of their post make me cringe and cry for them! But they are real and their feelings and experiences puts things into perspective for me! Yes I hurt, and sometime very badly, but my pain is often nothing compared to what some of you have! Don't get me wrong I am not happy about what your going through not at all! I certainly wish I could make all of your pain go away for evr! But hearing your stories and about your pain, ...well........it makes me realize that mine is trivial in comparsion and it helps me be albe to deal with mine easier! I hope that makes sense?
And also because of my CP and coming here to this forum I have been able to open up and talk about things,....... to all of you (because all of you do understand and have or are experiencing CP) that I would have never dreamed of talking about to anybody else!
As far as caring Yes I think it has helped me be little more aware of my feelings for others. You know LLPLUV I don't believe that your CP has made you more caring toward other people and animals though, it might have made you more aware of your caring feelings, but I think your compassion was already there inside you! You have always had it there! I do not believe CP develops or makes a person more compassionate or caring!, it just might help the person recognize it in themselves!
I'm Retired USAF, went back to school and became an RN, and now am on ful disalbility!
Degenerative Disc (affecting mostly the thorasic disc but all levels involved), C6/7 laminectomy/diskectomy& fusion, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!)
Medications: Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV
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