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The Power of A Pain Warrior

You’d be surprised at the power that dwells within you. It just takes a bit of work to access it, but once you do…then’ll you be truly unstoppable. 

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Hey Warriors!

I first just want to start off by saying thank you to everybody who has shown support to the Pain Warrior Code – the feedback and reception this blog has received over the last week has been amazing! Thank you to every one of you who has liked, shared, retweeted and re-posted my recent article ‘share your story’, as well as my older posts and tweets. I am so thankful because you all are helping to make the vision that I have for the Pain Warrior Code happen!

I decided this week would be a good time to give you what I like to call a #PainWarriorPepTalk. I’m going to focus on the power of a pain warrior because there are some warriors out there who are tired. Mentally, emotionally, physically and spiritually. It happens to all of us. We all reach a moment when we have given everything and feel like there is nothing left of us to give. As much as I wish that nobody else would have to experience this, it is inevitable for every pain warrior to have this sooner or later.

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The Importance of Sharing Your Story

I am a FIRM believer that we as people with chronic illnesses should be sharing our story. I am going to share the reasons why I am all for it and the benefits of doing so;

Hey Warriors,

Some of you may have seen an image I posted a few weeks ago, which was tag lined; “share your story”. I thought it was quite a powerful image that needed to be seen by others. I say this because I am a FIRM believer that as people with chronic illnesses/pain, we should be sharing our story.

I can imagine that some prefer NOT to share their journey about their illness – which is fair enough and I can understand why. But I’m going to the share the reasons why I am all for it and the benefits of doing so;

  1. First and foremost – your story can be a blessing to somebody who needs to hear it. We are living in a world that is encouraged to be so self consumed, that it’s becoming a norm to take from people without giving anything back. There are people that we can help by contributing to their growth and prosperity in life. People get caught up in the notion that in order to help somebody else, you have to give money. Sometimes all we need to give is our story. Maya Angelou said something that always resonated with me –

    “people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

    Sometimes when you share your story about what you have been through and where you are coming from, you are giving them hope. Your story could be encouraging them to get up and fight another day until they get to see better days. When you put yourself out there, you can draw in people who are seeking out others who are going through the same things. It can help that person who feels like they are all alone in their struggle. There is strength in numbers. Especially when it comes to the spoonie community – as we have seen for ourselves!

  2. It helps you integrate within a community of people who are enduring the same or similar struggles to you. This is important to you and your well-being. Remember what I said about your story drawing in others who are seeking you out because they feel like they’re alone? Well it works both ways here. You could end up finding the kind of people who you are seeking out! Once I started using social media myself to encourage people, I found the community of spoonies out there with the same mindset. That being said, I wouldn’t trade the spoonie community for anything, because they are some of the most inspirational and compassionate people I have ever spoken to. The support is amazing.
  3. Your story is also an educational tool than can be used to teach those around you about your illness. Most people aren’t clued up on chronic illnesses (especially invisible ones). I mean let’s be honest – did you know anything about yours before you started to have it? (If your answer is yes…then shut up you! I’m just playing). But seriously though – for most people around you, you might possibly be the ONLY exposure they will ever have to your illness. Now I know it gets frustrating to feel like you have to ‘teach’ people about your illness all the time, but who else is going to do it? You are that living, breathing Wikipedia page that educates people about your sickness. Carry that baton so that those around you will instantly understand and have compassion for another person they encounter with the same illness later on down the line. There have been a few people I have met who have given me that understanding nod as soon as I have disclosed that I have chronic migraine. These same people responded to me that they have known or worked with other people in the past who suffered with migraine. And NO I’m not talking about DOCTORS!  I’m talking about regular people that I have met at work or church.
  4. When people know your story – you get to see a level of compassion that you forgot existed. This also can encourage and inspire you in your walk as a pain warrior. It can restore your hope in people – especially non-pain warriors. The right ones will rally around you and help you however they can. I’ll write an article sharing my experience on this. Now I do acknowledge that you will see people who are also inconsiderate/ignorant in regards to your illness and how to treat you, but God has continued to show me lately that there is so much light in people who are compassionate, and that should be what we focus on to help build us up.

Now warriors, sharing your story doesn’t necessarily mean going up the next random person you see and start telling them all your business about your struggles – but sharing your story does require some form of transparency and  honesty. What your choose to share is your choice, but don’t hide your illness. I know you want to be normal, but you’re not. Accept that. What makes you outstanding is your ability to endure your pain and still push through life, and do amazing things. That is what makes you a powerful pain warrior.

So what’s your story Pain Warrior? I would love to hear it…

Tasha M

@PainWarrirCode

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Don’t Stop Believin’

So what’s the update on my story? Well…I wasn’t made to be a quitter. Neither were you

Hey Pain Warriors!

It has been a while since I posted an article – a lot has happened since then. We’ve had the holidays and welcomed in a new year. I hope you all welcomed 2018 in a way that was great for you personally. I’m hoping that you all have made some plans and goals that you will achieve, or at least be en-route to achieving!

That being said, I set some goals for myself this year also – one of them being to post more frequently on the Pain Warrior Code blog. I’m excited for the things I have planned for the Pain Warrior Code so make sure you keep an eye out. I also have decided to share more about my own journey with chronic migraine, so you guys can get more of an understanding of my story.

So what’s the update on my story? Well… Continue reading “Don’t Stop Believin’”

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Your Pain is Not in Vain!

Your pain has a purpose.
Your pain is NOT in vain!

Hey Warriors!

I know it has been an extremely long time since I’ve written a post- please forgive me! I will make sure to post more frequently because there are a lot of subjects & topics I want to address!

So those of you who follow Pain Warrior Code on twitter would have seen a tweet that I posted recently;

“Every day is a new opportunity to learn something new and to help somebody else. Your pain is NOT in vain!

I was inspired to tweet this because we can easily get stuck in a rut with all the pain we experience on a daily basis. We can become consumed by a dark, isolated world where all we feel is pain, but don’t take into consideration that it can be used for a purpose. Continue reading “Your Pain is Not in Vain!”

The Mystery Blogger Award

Warriors, I’ve been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award!

I would like to send my love, appreciation and gratitude to the lovely Cindy from Chronic Pain With A Higher Perspective Blog. Her posts are very honest and inspiring to people who are dealing with chronic pain and maintaining their faith in God at the same time. Go and check out Cindy’s blog Chronic Pain With A Higher Perspective

What is Mystery Blogger Award?
“This is an award for amazing bloggers with indigenous posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging and they do it with so much love and passion.” – Okoto Enigma

Rules

• Thank whoever nominated you and include link to their blog

• Tell your readers 3 things about yourself

• Nominate 10-20 bloggers you feel deserve the award

• Answer the questions from the person who nominated you

• Ask your nominees 5 questions of your choice with one weird or funny one

• Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

3 things about myself;

1) I am a singer-Songwriter and musician. I love playing and writing music. I am very passionate about it and continue to hone my craft

2) I. Love. Marvel! I’m so serious. Everything they do is awesome (except for the last fantastic four film – great casting but terrible plot/structure)

3) I want to set foot in each continent across the globe. I have always had serious wanderlust. I trust I will get to fulfil my dreams of getting to see the world.

My Nominees for this award are;

My Medical Musings

R5:3-5 (Romans 5:3-5) Blog

Gail Loves God

Fight MS Daily

Pain Pals

My Brain Lesion and Me

Life With An Illness

Dinosaurs, Donkeys and MS

Brainless Blogger

The Autoimmune Hippie

The Wounded Healer

Chronic Pain With A Higher Perspective

Answers to questions from nominee;

1) If money was no object, I would probably do songwriting/gigging full time. I love to perform and share my music. I enjoy the process of writing and crafting a song into something beautiful that helps and touches people

2) aside from necessities, the one thing I couldn’t survive a day without is hand cream. I am OBSESSED about the moisture state of my hands. I cannot focus or do anything if my hands are dry. Seriously.

3) in the movie of my life, I would probably want taraji p Henson to play me. She is such a great and complex actress that can portray the struggles than anybody has faced in life. She can do it!

4) My goals for 2018 is to grow the Pain Warrior Code blog – to share more of my story & inspire others with it. Another goal of mine is to share more of my music and take more steps by faith to make this happen.

5) My favourite band? Seriously? One cannot simply narrow it down to one! I do like Kings of Leon, Lawson, CNBlue, N.E.R.D and Paramore are a few.

My questions for my nominees:

1) what made you want to start blogging?

2) as this award is about blogs that inspire and motivates – do you as a nominee have a mantra, proverb or saying that you live by?

3) if you had to choose one meal that you had to eat everyday for a month (without any health consequences), what would it be?

4) what is your favourite hobby/pass time?

5) What’s the best / worst practical joke that you’ve played on someone or that was played on you?

I look forward to your posts of this blog,

Warriors I’ll be posting a new article and video for you this week!

Tasha M

@PainWarriorCode

A Positive 2017

Happy New Year Warriors!

I hope you all got to ring in the year in a way that was special and fulfilling to you. 2016 definitely had its struggles, but leave them behind where they belong and keep your head up for this year.

As we all know, January tends to be the month when people reflect over the last year and set goals for what they want to achieve or change for the coming year. With this in mind, I have decided that Pain Warrior Code is going to have a theme for the year! (Yay!)

The theme will be Positivity! Continue reading “A Positive 2017”