Beautifully put.Lady and Shadowcat:
I wish I had the strength and energy to send you strong healing rays, but I, too, am at a low ebb right now. I live in a cold region (Michigan, USA) and since the snow has arrived, I've been housebound by choice. Some days I am such a slug that just hope no one comes calling to witness my inertia and lack of ambition. But I have noticed that I have much less pain if I stay warm and rested. I can calmly move around my house doing laundry, etc. and accomplish some things, but I have come to understand that this retreat from the world is necessary. Once I accepted my condition and quit expecting so much from myself, I have been given time -- time to learn what winter is really about. In another time, our hybernation would be accepted as a time to relax and replenish, a time to learn and contemplate. I'm rambling -- what I meant to say is that perhaps we should look at the positive side of this. Maybe we should emulate the bear more right now. As I write this I can feel some of the pain retreating. Maybe we should give ourselves permission to rest and just be instead of giving power to this disease. Never give up your sovereignty.
Candles lit for all of you!