Monday, November 19, 2012

Life and Death

Day 19 of National Health Blog Post Month: Life and Death

I came across an article yesterday that broke my heart. It came from the Calgary Times, written by Sharon Kirkey. When The Hurting Won't Stop: How Chronic Physical Pain Drove a Teen To Take His Life is about a teenager who was dealing with mysterious chronic pain. Eventually it got to be too much for him, and he committed suicide.

Part of me is conflicted while reading this. I am sad that someone was suffering so much, and felt so alone, that they decided to commit suicide. The other part of me is glad that he will not be suffering anymore.

I know what it feels like to suffer from chronic pain. I have been in constant pain for the past two years with just a few pain-free days. That poor young man has been dealing with it for many, many years. There have been times when the thought of suicide has crossed my mind. Sometimes the thought of dealing with this for the rest of my life can be hard to handle. But after watching a childhood friend be buried, I knew I could never hurt the people I love like that.

I wish I could have been there for that person. I wish I could have let him know that he isn't alone. I hated reading that most of his friends stopped talking to him because they didn't understand how to deal with a person with a chronic illness. I remember how devastated I was when most of my friends stopped talking to me. It's the loneliest feeling in the world.

My Plea To Anyone Suffering From Chronic Pain

Before contemplating suicide, please seek help first. If you live in the US, you can call 1-800-273-TALK.
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1 comment:

  1. Don't suicide.. Life is valuable. Just let's time come