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I have a number of chronic pain conditions but none of them are visible so even if the pain is extreme no-one knows unless I say something. I think this is the hardest part of pain.

As my pain can't be seen even family and friends forget that I am struggling and expect me to be the same person. There is not the understanding or allowance made for why I might be cranky or teary even though I have tried to explain how I feel and what is happening.

Loneliness has become a very frequent feeling as family and friends step back because I am just too hard for them to be with. As a result I have become insecure about inviting myself to be with anyone or do anything with anyone.

To be honest there are times I feel that the pain condition I have is too much to bear on my own. It is not the pain itself but all that goes with it. When the pain specialist told me I had Chronic Widespread Pain Syndrome (CWPS) as I am very sensitive to my environment and had lived for too many years with stress it made sense. He said the main stressors were a difficult marriage, being the oldest child of a very large complicated family and a high pressure job. To reduce the pain I needed to control the stresses of marriage, family and work situations which sounded very hard emotionally and I cried. So I have ended the marriage, moved away from family and will not be a bookkeeper again. I feel in a way I had no choice but...!…

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Dennis speaks of his love and journey with Anne, his wife who lives with chronic pain ...

I would like to tell you about the most important person in my life, my wife.

I am over 6 foot and the biggest surprise in my life at the birth of our first born our son, to watch my tiny wife give birth to our 9 lb son was amazing, to watch her go through that and only seconds later laying there with our son laying on her chest, the look of contentment on her face was amazing, and 18 months’ latter to watch again as she gave birth to our Daughter who weighed in at 9lb 9 ozs was just as amazing.

This lady has always amazed me, the way she always put our children’s needs first, her love for all animals, (we have 8 dingoes in our back yard).

Ann runs her own business as well as working for another company 3 days a week. After the children were born she went back to school as a mature aged student, she did a degree in Agricultural Science, upon completion she got a job managing a fruit orchard, I liked this as I got to work with her and as we lived on the orchard our children had plenty of room to explore. Ann did another post graduate course.…

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