Chronic pain can be defined as a pain that persists or progresses over a long period of time and is often resistant to medial treatments. Without a doubt pain changes people, however that does not require it to be a negative change. Pain can be a brutal teacher but it has the ability to teach life lessons that will go unforgotten. Chronic pain teaches you how life changes In a moment, we truly have to live each day like it is our last because life can change any second. When a chronic condition hits it can lead you into a world of frustration and uncertainty. Helplessness and hopelessness are incredibly common with chronic pain and various chronic conditions. Chronic pain patients feel ignored by doctors due to the fact it is an invisible illness. Many people have the attitude that if the illness cannot be seen from the outside it is nonexistent. However, keeping in mind that you know yourself better than anyone will help to disregard comments about “faking it” or “just wanting attention”. Visual illnesses tend to have much more understanding and compassion than those whose illness is invisible. One of the worst things that can be done to someone suffering from an invisible chronic illness is make him or her feel like they need to prove how sick they are. Keeping the illness hidden and trying to appear as healthy as normal will lead to a feeling of loneliness. You appear to be living a healthy lifestyle on the outside when in reality there is an abundance of suffering occurring within your body. Speak out about your experiences and share your story with others. Opening up about the pain will prevent feeling abandoned and alone. This leads me to my next topic, many people in your life may choose to leave you and not want to deal with your pain. Do no become so focused on the people who have left that you wind up shutting out all the people who have stayed. Be grateful for the people that are still in your life because they are the ones who are your true family and friends. Living a life of pain is a learning experience. Finding what medications and exercise works best for you and also coping mentally by starting a blog or spreading awareness. When life is taken over by a chronic condition your perception of yourself changes, it is important to keep in mind that you are not your illness. Separate yourself from the illness. Do not think of yourself as your illness. You are not your illness; you are a person who has an illness. Do not shut yourself down and focus on what has been taken, instead focus on what your body still capable of. Find the blessings and the beauty in everyday things. Focusing on the small victories everyday will keep you motivated from one day until the next.