A long time ago I described my pain as a thief that stole my life away bit by bit. So now I encounter an obvious problem or set back of chronic pain, the loss of my identity as a woman. I feel ugly, not just physcially but emotionally. Every time I snap at my kids or dogs because I am having a bad day, I feel ugly. The days I can't walk because of the pain, I see all the weight I gain and then lose and the rollercoaster that weight management has become because of pain. The days that I feel good and think of going back to a prescribed aquatics program, I see my body differently than before and talk myself out of being in front of all those people in a swim suit. I was never a skinny woman, and truly dont want to be one now, but would like to have my body back. It would be nice to feel attractive and pretty again.
It would be so nice to be able to walk around at a fair, school trip, grocery store, clothes shopping, and come home with a smile on my face and the energy to actually put my things away! CP has taken away my freedom, my body, my identity and twisted them into a mockery of what I was before. I want to get the point where I no longer mourn for that woman that I was and come to terms with the fact that I have no physical control over my own body. How do I get there when the pain has flared up so badly that even the slightest activity causes such misery and at a time when my fiance has a good job, but is gone 11 hours a day and can no longer help with the house work the way he used to? I want to do the housework, and we bought "adaptive equipment" to help like a portable dishwasher, very lightweight broom vacuum, and platforms for the laundry so there is no bending or twisting. So I pace myself, and by the end of the day when dinner is done and he comes home I have nothing left for anyone, or I spend the day resting and still have nothing for anyone else.
I thought I had gotten to acceptance of this life-long change. I felt so good for so long that I was handling this well and inspired that I could make it through anything with God's help. This change crept up on me and has pulled me so low that I don't recognize myself any longer. My body, my attitude, my life seems like it is no longer mine. So I get up everyday and brush my hair, wash my face, and if I can use my hands well, dab on a little eyeshadow or mascara to try to feel better. What a joke! I might as well save the money that costs and stop wasting it on being at home where no one notices. I dont even look at myself in our mirrors, so what difference does it make?
I am sure there is someone out there with these issues. I hope I didnt offend someone with my pity party. I live in a house full of males, and have no woman to talk to who would understand. All my girlfriends are young and struggle with thinking about what my life must be like. I get tired of being "one of the guys" in this house and just want to feel pretty and feminine again. My fiance loves me and could care less if I am made up or not, but I would so love to hear him admire my hair or like my perfume and my make up again. We have gotten in a rut of life and no longer see each other as we did at the beginning of our relationship. It just so happened to occur along with my loss of identity as a woman from my many surgeries. It also doesn't help that being 30 with my first full year after hysterectomy 2 of my very close girlfriends are pregnant, which has brought back all the feelings of being less than a woman now. Stupid to feel that way over something that was so necessary.