“Together we can face any challenges as deep as the ocean and as high as the sky.” -Sonia Gandhi
In many films today, there have been occurrences when the protagonist, or hero, stands up against an entire swarm of enemies and, one by one, decimates their ranks with either guns or swords, making for an epic fight sequence. However, in real life, Hollywood’s theatrics do not apply and confronting an onslaught of your enemies alone is an instant death sentence. So, unless you know Kung-Fu or something, you are very much screwed.
In a similar fashion, fighting chronic pain on your own can be the hardest and most daunting of tasks. The constant bombardment can suck the life out of us, leaving us very little strength to fight back. In this, we find ourselves felling very much like a little David facing an enormous Goliath.
In the four years of my own battle with chronic pain, this has been one of my most difficult lessons to learn because I am not one to easily ask for help. I try my best to fight on my own strength, even to the point of using some of it in concealing my fight so as to not draw attention to myself and act like everything is just as normal as could be. Believe me, it is not an easy struggle to overcome. Why? The answer is very simple, yet hard to hear.
Pride is a human’s worst enemy when it comes to fighting chronic pain. It causes us to constantly think that we can handle it and hide the truth from those close to us, even as far as to push them away. But, as the wise Solomon states in Proverbs 16:18,
“Pride goes before destruction, And a haughty spirit before stumbling.”
Pride will lead us to a very lonely place in our lives, leaving us more susceptible to falling into the Pit of Despair. It will cause us to say things we would normally never say to others, causing them to slip away from us. Because it is in our human nature, it is not so easily beaten back.
For me, and many others, this is a daily struggle. We must learn to suppress our pride and ask for help from not only the people around us, but from our Heavenly Father as well. Only together can we overcome this beast. This will not be easy. As I said before, it will be a battle that we must fight day after day.