I've been living with chronic pain for 12 years now, I'm only 29 years old, and it feels like my life has been totally dominated by pain in the last few years. More and more has fallen apart as I've lost jobs, relationships, friends and many of the things I loved doing, as the wider reaching effects of chronic pain have taken their tole on many areas of my life.
I am slowly starting to find a way to accept and deal with the realities of life like this, I want to find a way to still live a fulfilling and rich life, and try to get beyond the state of day-to-day survival mode that I am in now.
I wanted to ask if anyone has explored using art therapy in relationship to their chronic pain? I have just set up a small project funded by bristol city council to hire an art therapist to do a series of group workshops for people with chronic pain. I set up this project after living with chronic pain for many years and finding little access to safe and creative spaces to really explore what chronic pain means in my life beyond a number-scale and medical view. What does it mean for my sense of self? My relationship to others? How can we understand and communicate something invisible when words fall short?
We are planning how best to structure the workshops and I'd love to hear from anyone who has done any work with this sort of thing before? I have found a wonderful art therapist to facilitate the workshops and I think they will be of great benefit to people grappling with the challenges chronic pain brings to life.
Also feel free to message me if you'd like info on signing up to the workshops if you are in the Bristol area?