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Strengthening the Weakest Link of Chronic Pain

In any scenario, there is usually a weakest link. It does not possess the strength of everything surrounding it. And when it fails, it usually means chaos for all involved. For those of us with chronic pain, weak links such as muscles, energy or body parts, have to be considered when making any type of plan to do something. Their capability works in tandem to define our overall strength.

I have often told my art students that by working daily we strengthen our strong skills but do not improve our weaknesses unless we make a concerted effort to focus on improving them. Exercising our weak link to encourage strength and flexibility is essential to making it as strong as possible and allowing ourselves more options.  The stronger this one link is, the stronger we become.

What special focus do you give your weakest link?

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About Mary Byrne Eigel

Before writing children’s books, Mary spent many years teaching in classrooms and creating art in her studio. She was born with bi-lateral hip dysplasia, a painful condition that causes normal activities, like walking, to be challenging. As a child, when Mary had to trek long distances, she often wished she had a wheelchair. For her, a wheelchair offered pain-free opportunities, not limitations. Mary grew up in Chicago, which is the lakefront inspiration for the town of Sail. She lives in Missouri with her husband and two dogs, Beaux and Trey.

10 responses »

  1. My weakest link is still that I push myself too far and don’t always listen to my body, often making the pain spike unnecessarily. Compassion is the best focus I can give my weakest link… thank you for reminding me!

  2. Mary Byrne Eigel

    Anna, thanks for stopping by. I am chuckling because I just listened to the “green smoothie” video on your page. I love your 365 idea! I can feel your pain about pushing yourself too far. sometimes I feel that when I do that I am trying to wage war and inflict pain on my pain. But I always come out the loser. Compassion and acceptance are where it is at, I share the same weak link. Be well. Mary

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