Wednesday, March 05, 2008

perspective: turning the tables on suffering


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Hearing that my baby brother (okay, he's 28, but you know how it is) is recovering from a three + day migraine gives me a good idea of how helpless my family must feel when I'm suffering that way. You want to make it all better, but sometimes there isn't much of anything you can really do.

Feeling like a cross between a lab rat and a caged animal in a zoo so much of the time tends to leave me with a chip on my shoulder about my situation. I feel scrutinized and criticized when someone who cares about me asks a bunch of questions. I immediately resort to a defensive posture and feel as though they have no right to question me because they have no idea what this is like for me. All the while I'm forgetting that it's hard for them, too.

I'm lucky to have such a supportive family, husband and friends. I know many people in my situation don't have nearly as many people in their corner. I'm sorry my brother has been suffering, but I'm thankful for the opportunity to have the tables turned and see things from a different perspective.

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