Marilyn's Barriers

No hesitation

Opioids for nerve pain

Legal barriers

Pain from prosthesis

Chronic pain has no purpose

Protecting and shielding

What it meant to me

What it meant to me

I never got into feeling I was being punished or that somebody else was to blame for my pain. For me, the pain means that there is some damage somewhere in my body. Whether it was the cancer, which is what I was afraid of, or, as it turned out that it was damage from the surgery to the nerve, which was nobody's fault. I did not want to live with pain if I didn't have to. I wanted to minimize it, not necessarily eliminate it. And I chose not to totally eliminate it because the side effects of the drugs weren't what I wanted. But to get that balance for me that provided sufficient relief and let me go about my daily life. I did not want pain interfering with any aspect of my life.

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