Living with Chronic Pain
An Open Letter About Chronic Pain
Because of the varying nature of chronic pain and the feelings that accompany it, describing it is often challenging. For some people, sharing their personal feelings about their chronic pain is difficult. To make it easier, one option is to write an open letter, save it and share it with others when appropriate.
The following letter is adapted from an original letter written by Ricky Buchanan; it is posted on her website Not Done Living to help people with chronic pain best explain their situation.
Most people do not understand what chronic pain entails and how it affects daily life. Chronic pain is complicated. The purpose of this letter is to communicate how chronic pain makes individuals feel. It is difficult to understand unless someone has experienced it.
You can find the original letter in its entirety at