Ok, so today is the day that I begin my journey. As instructed, I'm creating my own thread to document my journey. I'm very confidant that I'll be able to finally address this. I suffered from a slipped disc when I was 17 when I overcooked it skateboarding. I've been plagued by problems ever since and have had a number of operations which I think were avoidable. Despite trying to play it down to friends and family, my pain has really been of the defining features of my life since its first onset. I'm very sure that my pain originates from TMS. It's constantly shifting to different positions in my back, and I am basically a carbon copy of the personality traits that John Sarno describes in his book. Furthermore, I think that my struggle with TMS is learnt behaviour from my mother, who suffers a great deal from TMS and has passed on this gift to all three of her children. My level of acceptance of TMS as a diagnosis is high. Unfortunately, I haven't really seen an improvement after reading two of Sarno's books. That being said, I think that my problems are deeply ingrained within my way of thinking and within my body, as I had an onset of symptoms from such an early age. I've just finished a masters, so haven't really had time to focus on fully addressing the problem. However, I'm really happy to begin to work as hard as I can on this. Having just finished the Week 0 "TMS Recovery Program", I can see that I've been approaching things the wrong way in a lot of instances. Wish me luck!