The vast majority do not talk about it and “deal” with it privately. I have a friend that suffers from cluster headaches that would put most in the hospital. He quietly works through the pain. I watched, as a young man, seeing my father hurt so bad from migraines that we had to take him to the emergency room a couple of times. I could go through a long list of people that are in my life that suffer daily.
I keep using the word “suffer”. Merriam-Webster defines it as “to experience pain, illness, or injury”. Dictionary.com defines it as, “to endure pain, disability, death, etc., patiently or willingly”. Patiently or willingly? I don’t know of many that would endure it willingly. Maybe patiently, because we have no choice.
Over the next days (or so) I will unfold how I and others are learning to “experience pain, illness, or injury”. We will visit a promise, “It will be OK, but the time between now and OK will be tough”.
** www.medicaldaily.com 8.11.15