Hi Everyone, I'm new to the forum and to TMS. First off, I appreciate the work people have put into this site and am happy to be getting the chance to learn from all of you. As I'm starting to learn about TMS, I'm struggling in some areas and still have a long way to go, but I'm also beginning to feel more hopeful about my future and health than I have in a long time. I've noticed, though, that I'm running into situations at work that are really challenging me. I work for a social services agency that serves people with various disabilities and have contact with people who are in chronic pain on a daily basis. (A number of my current clients have some of the same diagnoses I've been given, actually). Just by virtue of what I do for a living, I get pretty involved in my clients' lives and immersed in their struggles, which has always been rewarding, but also draining. I find that now that I'm trying to do the whole 'repudiate the structural diagnosis' thing, though, it's moved from rewarding/draining to kind of scary on some level to get emotionally invested with my clients who have chronic pain and feel a sense of dread when someone vents on me. I can't not relate to the place they are in and it brings to the forefront a lot of my own fears about my pain and the possibility that I'll continue to progress to the place they are in. On the one hand, I feel that relating to them and being empathetic makes me better at my job, but I also feel an impulse to put walls up. Up until I was injured in an accident and all of my TMS stuff got set into motion, I really couldn't relate to my clients on the level I do now and I value that. (It's sort of a tangent, but I have a condition that makes me have different responses to sensory stimuli than the average person and had a very high threshold for physical pain my entire life, until an accident and an injury sort of discombobulated my wiring or something and I seem to feel pain all to well now). But, I also need to find a way to connect and be empathetic without hurting my progress and fully taking me back to the same scared place they are in. I'm hoping that, in time, I'll get on better footing with my TMS work and more confident in the diagnosis, which will make this less and less of an issue, but was wondering if anyone may have some advice or words of wisdom that can help me in the meantime? Thanks!