I feel like I've slid backwards into old thinking about having pain so I came back into the forum to get my thinking back on track. I've been discouraged because I've had so much pain in the last week. I've had my share of stressors (papers due, dinner party.) But I noticed my attitude falling into a defeatist one. So I just read the sentence "I refuse to let my mood, self-perception, my feelings about the future be determinded by how much pain I am in." I thought about Walt telling us to laugh it off - about Eric saying to be gentle… yet - when the pain is stinging, I have a hard time getting to that place, then feel like a failure because I"m letting TMS win. Arghghgh!! Any suggestions my fellow recovered TMS'ers?!!