At Chronic Pain India, it has been our constant endeavour to bring forth stories of Pain Warriors and spread awareness about living with pain. This Pain Awareness Month, we launched our YouTube Channel as a step further towards our goal.
Today, we have with us, yet another pain warrior who believes in being the change, she wants to see in the world. Swati Agrawal is Associate Director at IDIA Charitable Trust, and a lawyer by training. She has various invisible illnesses, and likes to work towards spreading awareness about invisible illnesses and disabilities.
When the idea of “Visualising Pain” was shared by Chronic Pain India on Facebook, it evoked instant interest, as I had heard about and done an art therapy workshop long ago but had never seen it as having such a deep connection with chronic pain. Being a writer, I am often asked how I still… Continue reading Visualising Pain Workshop Experience
Pain is an old enemy, and a new friend. I write today to talk about my journey of coming to terms with my health conditions – Fibromyalgia Syndrome, and Bipolar Affective Disorder Type 2. I have learnt to accept that I live with these two disorders, and that I can still live a meaningful life… Continue reading Learning to Accept my Diagnosis and Moving Ahead
Dear Pooja, Read this when there is minimum brain fog and your muscles are allowing you to smile. I remember you as the chubby cherub in the hills, the no-physical activity kid who used to live in some parallel reality of books and colors. I remember you as the sickly child who would always catch… Continue reading A Letter to the Warrior Woman I have become by Pooja Priyamvada
Depression occurs in phases. I battled depression for three years having had a very disturbed childhood. “There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.” ― Laurell K. Hamilton My parents didn't get along. My mother and I never had a normal relationship, as it should… Continue reading Battling Demons – Inside Out
My brother and I have an amazing relationship since childhood. I was one year and four months old when he was born and it is the best day of my life till now. I guess my parents gave me the best gift ever. I was over protective about him always. He was my best friend… Continue reading Rakshabandhan Special : My little brother grew up!
So how different is the life of normal people from people with Chronic Pain? Well not only managing the illness and pain, everything changes its meaning when people live with chronic relentless pain. So here is my question to normal people can you deal with this daily and won't be exhausted? 1. Sleepless nights due… Continue reading How Chronic Pain changes every aspect of your life…
Fibromyalgia, a chronic pain condition, not known to many has been recently brought into the limelight by the international pop star Lady Gaga whose documentary ‘Five Foot Two’ on Netflix explores her struggle with this condition. Fibromyalgia is a chronic disorder that causes intense widespread pain, hypersensitivity, chronic fatigue and sleep problems. Diagnosing fibromyalgia is… Continue reading Living with Fibromyalgia – Lady Gaga’s pain story
Will I ever be able to live pain free and struggle free? Will I ever be able to fulfill all my dreams, that I worked hard my entire life for? Will I ever? ... .. . Just one simple question; I keep asking myself every single night ! Lying in the bed, drenched in tears… Continue reading Will I ? – A Pain Poem