HAWMC 2013 Day 26: A pain-free pass…oh what a joy that would be!




Welcome to the Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge brought together by WEGO Health – a social network for all health activists. Again, I am participating in the annual Writer’s Month Challenge in which I will be writing about my health activism and health condition based upon prompts given.

Today’s prompt is as follows:

What’s a day that you wish you could have used a pain-free pass (either in the future or the past)?  How would being pain or worry-free impact that day? 

It is ironic that I should be writing this post on a day when the pain I experience is bad.  Oh, how I wish that I could use a ‘pain-free’ pass for today, although perhaps I would prefer to save the pass for another time; perhaps a time in which a pain-free time would be beneficial.  The group I attend ‘Life 4 Living’ encourages us to write a bucket list – all those little things that we would love to achieve before we die.  Recently, we have had a couple of deaths within the group; which has reminded us how short and previous life can be, and as a result I would love to use a pain-free pass to be able to complete something from my own personal bucket list…

Recently, as some of you may remember from a recent post entitled ‘To Go or Not to Go‘ my parents and I are looking into possibly going on a cruise next year.  It has been my dream to visit Italy for sometime, but because of my health, certain ways of travelling are unsuitable for me, such as flying or travelling by bus for example.  Therefore, going on a cruise is the last option for me to achieve my dream of visiting Italy.

One advantage for sufferers of chronic illness of going on a cruise, which you are unable to get with other holidays, for example, is the times that you become unwell or pain becomes unbearable is that you can go straight back to your cabin with very little hassle.

However, if I were to use a pain-free pass, it would be on day when the cruise ship is docked in Italy itself, especially in Rome and Florence.  Why?  If I were pain-free I would go exploring and go sight-seeing within these beautiful cities without any pain and also the worry that pain will suddenly appear, spoiling the enjoyment of the day and making precious and exciting memories.   I could go and visit the Sistine Chapel; the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain as well all the other beautiful scenery and architecture within the beautiful city of Rome.  Of course, a day out to a new city is complete with some retail therapy!  And the chance to soak up a different culture; to experience authentic Italian food and ice-cream – and all for myself instead of hearing about others’ experiences of travelling or reading about it in books or seeing the sights on television.  What a dream it would be!

How amazing would that be?  A pain-free day; and a day free of any worries!  A day in which I could spend it exactly how I wanted without the worries that chronic illness often presents in our lives.  A chance to enjoy just a special day with family during a once-in-a-lifetime holiday without my condition getting in the way or spoiling it as often happens during my daily life.  Now, we have to try and make it happen!  Fingers crossed….

What would your ‘pain-free’ pass day look like?  Share your thoughts below and comment!  Always love to hear from readers…

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