To The Beautiful Shoes: Chronic Pain and Identity

To The Beautiful Shoes: Chronic Pain and Identity

I recently saw a facebook post asking the question…

Do women identify with their high heel shoes? The answer for me was a resounding yes. I wrote this blog about my shoes, identity and chronic pain a while ago, but never published it for fear of it being seen as trivial. However the Facebook post got me thinking about my experience with chronic pain. I have lived with Chronic Pain for the last 15 years. In my experience, pain is a complicated thing, as it affects not only your physical body, it also challenges you emotionally as well. It is very easy to feel as though you become your pain, you begin to feel, although the pain is who you are. You start to identify with the pain, you start to feel as though the pain is robbing  you of your identity. I would like to share one such experience.

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