Tuesday, November 9, 2010

"If I knew then what I know now"

Novels, shorts stories, movies, etc., have described plots about people going back in time and bringing their life experiences back to a period before they happened. In those scenarios, they can utilize that knowledge acquired (though not really yet acquired) to avert mistakes, disastrous decisions, and other catastrophes in their lives.

I always thought it would be an advantage if I could somehow bring all the knowledge I acquired throughout my life back to the beginning of it. I think I would have been a kinder person, kinder to all those I engaged under strenuous confrontational circumstances, more sympathetic of other individual's shortcomings, weaknesses, and their own 'scar tissues of life.'

Unfortunately, we learn from the many experiences of life those things that make us better people, and, as older people, we live with much of the distress caused by many of those experiences that brought forth much of that acquired knowledge–those things that made us better people. All of us live with some personal suffering for any hurt we might have caused to others. And therefore, many of us wish that we could have had that sensitivity earlier in our lives so that we could have been better people then. But, we wouldn't have learned the meaning of sensitivity without participating in those things that led us to understand it. Ironically, we have to go through that learning experience of life to better ourselves.

Many who suffer from continual trauma to the mind, body, and emotional self (chronic pain) often ask why they have to suffer. An answer could be: so that they can learn the knowledge that brings wisdom and an appreciation for life. Most sufferers don't want to hear that, and want no part of a purification process that brings them to a higher level. A focus on complete relief, or, the fantasy of somehow traveling back to a time before their condition existed so that they could have prevented it is all they will for. Most don't reflect on the possibility of a greater harm that was averted because of their pain, and a greater, however, different way of suffering that was prevented by their chronic pain. They don't realize that, as hard as their pain and suffering is, a greater hell could have existed for them without the knowledge that their pain has given them.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Loneliness Of The Chronic Pain Sufferer

Most chronic pain sufferers often feel separated, or detached from the mainstream society. Their condition, though personal in each case, has the “power” to change them from a once happy-go-lucky, carefree individual into a grouchy, seemingly uncaring, complaining crank.
Now, in only two sentences I summed up what some people write pages about–I have to: I’m a chronic pain sufferer, and I have to be short and sweet with my point because I’m in extreme pain as I write it, and I have to get back into a reclining position.
But, let’s look at the two sentences, the second one first: ‘Their condition, though personal in each case, has the “power” to change them from a once happy-go-lucky, carefree individual into a grouchy, seemingly uncaring, complaining crank.’ The words ‘their condition’ clearly states that there is something more happening than a mere pain episode or any type of acute pain discomfort. A condition is a strong word here because it describes an ongoing legacy of, here, trauma, and, that terminology is further supported by another that bears reference to a “power” to change an individual. That’s strong! But even before those words, I stated that the condition is ‘personal in each case,’ and it is. Every chronic pain sufferer experiences pain in a totally different way. It’s like a fingerprint; no two suffer the same way. There are similarities, but individuals suffer in a very distinctive ways, and therefore apart from others, and alone.
The remainder of that second sentence defines the sufferer to be something that he/she most probably doesn’t want to be, but is usually accused of being–a complaining crank. I know this to be true from past personal experiences, and because I often get correspondences stating things like: “My husband doesn’t understand me,” “everybody hates me,” I know my wife loves me but she doesn't understand what it’s like, and I don’t know what to do,“ and, of course, the old standby, “I can’t take it anymore, I’m going out of my mind.” If all these things were believed to be true, they could transform the chronic pain sufferer to a very defensive existence, ironically resulting in what we hate to be–complaining grouches. Most will initially deny such accusations, but think about it: aren’t we all cranks at some point, especially when the pain is at its worst? We are, and it’s pretty normal to be so; it’s a fact of our natural being. But that doesn’t give us liberty to abuse those attributes of our ‘conditions.’ And ‘complaining’ is the act of a frustrated person trying to communicate the desperation of what he/she is going through. Any semblance to being an ‘uncaring’ person is conditioning from our ‘conditions,” another natural occurrence–our main focus of attention is on the intensification of the pain. If the average, pain-free person was being stabbed in the heart, their main focus of attention during that time period would not be about doing good deeds!
With a clear understanding of the second sentence, we can see justification for the first sentence, ‘Most chronic pain sufferers often feel separated, or detached from the mainstream society.’ How can we possibly introduce our baggage to a society that doesn’t have a clue about continual pain? Thus, the chronic pain sufferer lurks in lonely coves of self-imposed exile–detached from the mainstream.
Chronic pain is a personal thing, but each of us can bring a piece of the puzzle to the floor, and maybe with as many pieces of that great and unholy puzzle exposed we can find some resolve. But, as I already stated, I’m a chronic pain sufferer, and I have to be short and sweet with my point because I’m in extreme pain as I write this, and I want to get back into a reclining position. We can discuss this on the forum located at http://www.ccpcorganization.org.

Monday, June 14, 2010

How Will The Failing Economy Affect Chronic Pain Sufferers?

It's going to make many more of us. In short, if we're not especially careful, we will get screwed! Unfortunately, I think that first most chronic pain sufferers shall get screwed a little further into their private little netherworld. But then, there will be even more than an average amount of us in the very near future. There will be an unprecedented amount of us and much suffering in store for most people. But, the failing economy and the greater wrath that it is causing will bring forth even worse things. To understand my predictions, one must first understand the truth about why the economy is collapsing all around us.

The simplistic answer to the economic crisis is that almost "everybody" crossed the line of greed. It's as simple as that. Most, however, have always adverted to this type of personal action as "acceptable greed." It has always been a preferred term because most of us conjecture that a lighter measure of greed was an inescapable human trait. Very few people capitulate the fact that all greed is a dark, dirty, rock-bottom unrighteousness. Anyhow, many of us went way too far. Amidst the carnival-like atmosphere of demonstrations from financial experts and politicians and, all the "pomp and circumstance" that complement them, we have all overlooked that simple elucidation – that our greed got us here!

Based on that premise, I feel that without deep human change, there can be no constructive rejuvenation – the time for that has passed if we adhere to our greed. It is I think a matter of just how far we will sink and how much damage we will incur; the destruction could be very severe and possibly bring an end of us as a nation, or even worse. The same people that put us into this predicament will thwart any constructive proposal for a positive solution. These predictions of mine I published several years ago in my book, Complete Chronic Pain Condition. I abhorred to be the bearer of bad news then as I do now, but, truth is truth and we have been headed in a negative direction for a very long time. In such a scenario, all would be affected: the rich as well as the poor, the saints as well as the sinners, and suffering will be rampant. We did this to ourselves because we allowed it. We allowed our world to crumble while our politicians whispered sweet nothings in our ears. So, I allude to a statement made at the end of William Shakespeare’s, Romeo And Juliet: "All are Punished."

I know that this is not the type of article that makes for enjoyable reading and I surely did not enjoy writing it; I pray I am wrong. Our only hope left is a conversion of the human heart which in current times I feel is not much to bank on. I do, however, dream of that alternative. It is time for a change people–a change on an individual basis.

–Dave Navarria

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My Bout With The "C Word"

Once fallen, getting back up on the horse becomes the objective. A veteran rider might merely laugh at the circumstance, shake off the dust, and get back up, while a novice could procrastinate. Although he or she knows that getting back on is inevitable, shock and the imaginative thoughts that go with it could prolong the process.

I’m a veteran chronic pain sufferer, and I took quite a fall in the early Spring of 2008. I thought I had already composed quite an impressive portfolio of afflictions until I got the walloping news: I was diagnosed with cancer. I have to admit that even as a veteran chronic pain sufferer of over thirty years, I found myself in a world of procrastination. I had to go through the denial, anger, etc, and the ‘why me?’ and ‘don’t I already have enough things wrong with me?’ routines pretty quickly because there were important decisions to be made. And, all my research of chronic pain and suffering has taught me that immediate and informed, intelligent actions are the most important defense against any affliction. So, I had to dust myself off as quick as I could and get back on that horse because the rodeo of my life was coming my way.

Many refer to cancer as the c word because it is so socially dreaded, and they can’t quite come to terms with it, even enough to say the word. I have to agree that the word is an unpleasant one especially when you’re referring to it in conjunction with yourself. I didn’t much like discussing it, but the subject was obviously unavoidable; I had to deal with this new disease. The only realistic option for me was to have surgery. So, I let the surgeon put his skill to work. I took time off to learn about my new adversary – and to spend an itty-bitty bit of time feeling sorry for myself.

I've now confronted it and I am ready for the fight of my life. I’ve added this new condition to my fine resume of afflictions that I am dealing with. I can now say that I’m a cancer (or c word for the less courageous) patient.

–Dave Navarria

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The Strongest Weapon of Mass Destruction

The media caused one of the greatest damages to our current society. It is without a doubt the strongest weapon of mass destruction. It has almost destroyed the American democracy. Freedom of speech in America is almost extinct. The current "replacement freedom of speech" is only a guise to pacify us under the umbrella of control where most Americans truly reside. We are undoubtedly living in an occupied country – a status attained by the mind control influences of the media.

Greed went completely out of kilter in the last fifty years. One-by-one, all aspects of the media, while in their progressive developmental stages – television, radio, cinema, video games, the internet, print, et cetera – fell under the control of greed. Even the once revered news media succumbed to the effects of this dreaded disease. There is no longer an obligation to report the news but only tweaked facts fabricated by those in power.

The entertainment and news media is now solely governed by big business, corporate America. The result is that people no longer make informed decisions, but instead are directed. This applies to all people in all demographic categories. Any serious, large-scale attempt to exercise freedom of speech is squashed. The freedom movements of the sixties are history. They could not exist in the social climate dominated by today’s media. You really don’t need me to tell you this; if you look closely you can see it for yourself.

The entertainment media has already robbed the society of all moral value. Now it’s in the completion process of molding a greedy, aggressive, overly competitive generation that will readily accept whatever directives are given. Hand in hand with the news media, the entertainment media is leading us along a path to destruction. It’s ironic that what was initiated to protect, educate and entertain (the media) was able to be bought, and will ultimately destroy us.

–Dave Navarria

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The Walking Dead

It is theorized that a message transmitted from earth to a destination in deep space light years away would take thousands of years to arrive. Would any part of such a memorandum have meaning for anyone living anywhere so far ahead in the future? Or, is it just a futile attempt to attain immortality? I often feel this to be true of the blogs and articles that I write. For my own self-fulfillment, am I reaching too far to an audience that for all intent and purpose is as good as dead?
I knew that reaching the mentally and physically impaired sufferers of chronic pain would not be an easy task. I learned that lesson when I interacted with them throughout the years I researched the tragedy from which they suffer. Most of the seriously afflicted have regressed to what I refer to as the “walking dead.” They exist in a limbo, victims of what their instinctive reflexes will allow. Some are angry, others too disgusted to exert any energy at all. Most are in a depressed state and accomplish very few constructive things if any at all. I know all too well the reality of such a somber state because I used to be among these “walking dead.” Then I was aroused and that inspired me to try to wake my dead compeers, to let them know that there is a method to another place.
There are many sites on the internet with the intention of assisting chronic pain sufferers. Most are admirable and sincere, some are scams and others are fronts for something the medical industry is selling. The Complete Chronic Pain Condition Organization is unique in the sense that it is one of the few organizations with the ideal of improving the complete world of chronic pain. It doesn’t focus on the afflictions causing the pain but instead on the real culprit – the persistent pain and all that goes along with it! That means taking a cold, hard look at all of the causes, symptoms, treatments, availability of treatment, stigmas, social pressure, depression and anxiety, abuse, violence, et cetera. The list goes on but gets more and more ugly as it does. But these are the things that must be addressed if such a beast as chronic pain is going to be tackled.
Chronic pain can be conquered, but it will take a tremendous effort and involvement by a lot of people, and time. If you question that logic, just think back to the woman’s rights and civil rights movements of the sixties. People got together and made a positive change!
In the period of time required for transition, the unification of members of the Complete Chronic Pain Condition Organization (CCPC Organization) can harvest other advantages. As with the aforementioned movements of the sixties, there is strength in numbers. That same strength that is required to confront and address change in the world of chronic pain can provide those advantages. Like the American Association of Retired People (AARP), the CCPC Organization could potentially provide benefits like insurance, healthcare, and many other forms of assistance.
Another asset of the CCPC Organization is that it encourages interaction – and that’s probably the best medicine of all. Members can learn from each other, avoid mistakes and common pitfalls while acquiring moral support, encouragement and direction. If a sufferer is too far-gone to participate, a loved one can pick up the ball for him or her. Many times that participation can mean the basis of purpose because such involvement is a productive thing.
Sufferers can take action or go into fetal position and join the denizens of the “walking dead.” If they do take action and begin the journey to self-improvement, my job will be a whole lot easier because I won’t rest until they do and I won’t feel as if I’m sending messages into deep space!

–Dave Navarria

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Helping Chronic Pain Sufferers

The first stop for most chronic pain sufferers is somewhere in the realm of what science has to offer. It’s only logical because there is where medical practitioners reside. But, a big problem begins when reality kicks in and many discover that medicine can’t cure or sometimes even thoroughly treat a lot of cases.
After medicine fails in any way, the search for that magic pill or remedy begins and many sufferers will fall prey to numerous schemes and deceptions along the way. Pain is a big commodity and many businesses want to tap into potential profits from it. Proof of that is all over the internet, on television, radio, newspapers, magazines, billboards, et cetera. Chronic pain sufferers as valuable commodities are a target, and I admit that some of those magic bullet cures fired at them can be quite appealing. Lies can be convincing. The result is that most chronic pain sufferers that feel in any way slighted by medicine or proposed scams fall into one or more of the stages along the path to acceptance of Complete Chronic Pain Condition.
While in any of those stages such as denial or depression, for example, they are usually oblivious to any alternative help. Medical science effectively treats the top portion of sufferers while the remainder which represent the majority are left to linger in their self-inflicted limbo. There they are incapable of acquiring help mainly because they don’t seek it. It’s almost as if they are denying any measure of assistance if they can’t have the whole enchilada. Some may need a little encouragement to be pointed in the right direction, others might require a gentle push.
I realize this because I have personally been through those devastating stages. And, I took this factor into account when founding the Complete Chronic Pain Condition Organization. I knew getting members was going to be a long haul and would develop in stages. The benefits of belonging to an organization where help is provided might seem logical to someone viewing from the outside in. But while in any of those developmental stages of Complete Chronic Pain Condition the victim is cut off from most reason. This is why in many cases it’s necessary for the loved ones of chronic pain sufferers to take action. After all, in the majority of cases, they are part of the scenario. If they are closely involved in the life of an afflicted person they too are being affected.
We at the Complete Chronic Pain Condition Organization wish you will join us. We await your arrival.

–Dave Navarria

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