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Peer-Led Support Groups for People with Pain

  • Penney CowanEmail author
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Abstract

Imagine if your life suddenly stopped short by an injury or illness that prevented you from doing your daily routine. Living with any chronic disease or illness can be difficult at best. The inability to maintain a normal lifestyle prevents any daily interactions that fill the days with meaningful activities. When one loses their ability to function, they lose all hope that there is anything beyond the silent isolation and daily suffering. One’s entire being is lost in a veil of pain that seems to consume any hope for a better tomorrow. One’s identity masked in pain, depression, and isolation. The isolation takes you to a world that no one else can possibly understand. Resentment, anger, and frustration pull you farther away from any meaningful relationship with those who have active, fulfilling lives. While there are many things that might help, knowing that you are not alone is critical. Being able to identify with someone else is comforting and the most important component of a peer-led group.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.American Chronic Pain AssociationRocklinUSA

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