I am still learning how to cope even after all this time of being in pain. I have finally been diagnosed this past year (after 2 laps in 5 years), but have had chronic symptoms for near 7 years now (and horrendous cramps since i was about 15--- I didn't know those cramps were not normal until much later when someone asked to have some ibuprofen for cramps. I was like, oh how many do you need; 5 or 6? And the girl was like ummm...... I only need 2. Say WHAT?!!!!!)
I love to walk on nature trails, and I had to give that up again. I grow fat from not exercising. I hate it, but the pain from the muscle movement against my endo spots are just not worth the exercise. I currently have slowly upped my steps per day ( I used to be able to walk 5-7 miles per day before the crippling pain started returning with a vengeance) so that I may try and lose some of this Depo shot weight.
Hmmm.... you said positive things too. Well, I am extremely happy when I have a no pain or even a low pain day when I have something to do with loved ones. Almost to the point of giddiness, but even then I constantly worry about when the pain will return. Some days I get a full day, and other times only a few hours of being pain free.
Another hope, I constantly am searching for and usually trying new pain relief methods. So that means I am constantly hopeful that something will work.
I also have turned some of this illness into armchair volunteer work. I can work on sewing blankets for animal shelter cats. I currently found a site to make greeting cards for terminally ill children in hospitals, as a way to brighten their day. I can count birds each year for the Backyard Bird count that is each February. And finally, each summer I raise and tag Monarch butterflies (doesn't take much effort on my part even on my bad days.....in fact it gives me a reason to get up and move to go feed the caterpillars so they don't die) and release them for the fall migration.
Other then that, I am terribly sorry to say I have really become a recluse in the day to day activities. I have always been punctual and be able to plan my schedule out ahead of time, and I no longer can do that. Everything is based on "how I feel that day" and I HATE that!!