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    Posted: Apr/13/2010 at 3:22pm
 
Elisabeth Kubler Ross was the pioneer and modeled the 5 Stages of Grief.  Generally thought of as death and dying.

 

As people learning to live with chronic pain, we go through much of the same thing.  Here they are, and while most of us do know about them, I thought that this was a good place to review them.

 

1.  Denial---"I feel fine".  "This isn't happening to me"

 

2.  Anger-- "Why me?"  "It isn't fair"

 

3.  Bargaining-  "I will give my life savings, anything to make this stop happening"

 

4.  Depression - "I am so sad."  "Why go on"

 

5. Acceptance - "It is going to be OK".  "I can't fight it, so I will prepare for it"

 

The thing is, that chronic pain is not static.  It is dynamic.  We will find ourselves hopefully reaching Acceptance, but then also find ourselves going back and forth to the other stages from time to time.  However, we don't stay in those beginning stages as long as we did when we began the process.

 


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