(Two words i despise!)
It’s such a humbling, hurtful and oftentimes “limiting” phrase. I’ve had lower back pain since leaving the Marine Corps at the age of 23. It has kept me from doing many activities I enjoy. It brought on that doubtful inner voice of fear whispering, “Are you sure you should do this?” I was pissed at that inner voice because it had an imprisoning hold on me. I’m guessing you might have felt this way at some point. At various times my pain was so debilitating I had to crawl to the bathroom (humbling), not physically able to attend many performances to support my daughter (hurtful). To top it off, I felt inadequate because of my fear and frequent inability to participate in life. Like many people with chronic pain or disease, I followed the “rigid” insurance covered, conventional approach. In fact, I imposed my strong belief in the allopathic medical model on Sandy when she was injured and for years persuaded her to follow this path which only led to increased injury and dysfunction.