WORKING WITH CHRONIC PAIN…

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I know I am far from alone in suffering from chronic pain, and I am sure I am far from alone in struggling to find work that is suitable for this problem.

Trying to find a part time job to suit someone in chronic pain is almost impossible. It needs to be something that you can find around your pain.

When I got the job writing about the village activities for my local newspaper I felt like I’d won the lottery. It could not be more perfect, I could work in my own time at my own pace just as long as I had all the stories in by a certain day. That meant on my good days I could do a little more and on my bad days I could do none at all, or if the pain suddenly came on it meant I could stop until I felt more able to do it.

Unfortunately like most things in life the job only lasted for a few years as the newspaper could not afford to keep on the local writers.

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Since then I have constantly looked for something similar to do as my pain was increasing rather than decreasing. There was absolutely nothing locally so I resorted to searching the internet. Quite a few were just a big con with enticing amounts of money you could earn to draw you in, but money doesn’t grow on trees so really I should have known better than to even try them.

Eventually I got into the blogging business and again read stories of people making lots of money as a blogger and yet again realized it was not as simple as they said but I enjoyed blogging so carry on at my own pace.

I also like to sell on Ebay, just any bits and pieces we don’t need (you would be surprised what people will buy) and also clothes, but even that can cause me a lot of pain as the wrapping and packing them up can soon irritate my neck and back, even if I wrap them sitting down.

It’s the same with the cards, I love making them but I have to stop after just making a few. It’s extremely frustrating to me as I am sure it is to others but if I did absolutely ‘nothing’, I think it would drive me insane.

I have seriously thought about starting a website specifically for jobs for people with chronic pain who can only work when they are not in pain. I’m not really sure how I would set it up, I just know that if there was one available I would be the first customer on their list.

Do others in a similar situation to me feel the same, or am I just a bit hypo-active and should learn to just make do with what I can do?

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5 thoughts on “WORKING WITH CHRONIC PAIN…

  1. I’m always in awe of your resilience and your resourcefulness – here you are again, not sitting there feeling sorry for yourself but looking for something constructive to do. I think a website linking jobs with chronic pain sufferers sounds really good. It will meet so many needs, and with much more emphasis these days on the rights of the disabled it’s a good time to do it. I hope you get lots of positive feedback and find plenty of good links, Bar – you go, girl! Network like mad and I’m sure it will work out well.

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  2. I’m always in awe of your resilience and your resourcefulness – here you are again, not sitting there feeling sorry for yourself but looking for something constructive to do. I think a website linking jobs with chronic pain sufferers sounds really good. It will meet so many needs, and with much more emphasis these days on the rights of the disabled it’s a good time to do it. I hope you get lots of positive feedback and find plenty of good links, Bar – you go, girl! Network like mad and I’m sure it will work out well.

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