Welcome!! I'm so glad you found us! I'm fairly new to this particular forum but it is rapidly becoming my main "comfort zone"....everyone is so caring and the collective knowledge pool here is absolutely amazing!
I'm sorry to hear what you have been through; your accident sounds horrific and losing so many wonderful parts of your life (dancing, flying, cooking and entertaining, etc) must be incredibly difficult to deal with.
And yet in the midst of your loss and your pain, you work as a therapist helping others to deal with their losses and pain! What a wonderful compassionate person you are!
I still work as well, although it is becoming more and more difficult. Fortunately they let me work from home much of the time. And I too put on a brave face to the world; I learned pretty quickly to not tell others about
the pain I'm in or the symptoms I experience....it usually does more harm than good to share these things. I can't even really talk to my husband about
it....not really. The only people who understand are here on this site.
I am (was) a scientist and a teacher. I am still a scientist but have now given up teaching.....brain fog, cognitive issues, and physical pain have made it impossible for me to continue teaching. I may have to stop work altogether soon.
The mourning process for the loss of these big chunks of our identities seems endless....we all know what you are going through and we mourn with you. I pray that we all come to a place of peace and acceptance of our lives as they are now, and that we learn to find joy in new aspects of our existence.
Again, welcome....I'm so glad you're here with us now!
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