Hello! I'm on day 23 or 24, I can't remember honestly but the idea is to post where I am with my life in general and what any apprehensions I may have about the program. I would say in general, my life is much calmer than when I first began the program. My life isn't calmer that's not actually it. I am experiencing my stress differently and handling it differently. My pain is still there which is scary, but I know everyone's pain leaves them at a different rate so I try to not dwell on that and continue the journey. I wish I was one of those who read Sarno's book and the pain instantly went away and it actually did for about 3 days (this is how I KNEW it was TMS) but it came back afterwards : ( Still I know, if it went away before, it can go away again! I have continuously been on 2 medications that help manage the pain but I am unable to work as a nurse or a therapist while taking them. They are not high-scheduled opiates but anything that has the potential to be "mind-altering" is not allowed in these professions. So that has been difficult for me. I really want to be off these meds! But as the pain gets better, I have been able to take less and less, so I'm thinking eventually I will be able to stop altogether. This week I have had to take more because I caught a bug and had it for about 7 days and my shoulder pain has been really flared up ever since, maybe its the fear I had that the TMS had decided to take over my whole body and put me in the bed! But since that is over, I am reminding myself everything is okay and hopefully the pain will get back to baseline soon and then start progressively getting better again! I can say before this bug, I have been able to cut my pain medication in half since starting the program. This is a big step for me and says a lot about the effectiveness of the program! It works! I wish I could say I'm not on meds anymore! But everything in this program and all signs point to the fact that one day I will indeed be able to post that! Until then I am trying to just be happy where I am, work on school while I can't work a job (I'm in school to be a family nurse practitioner) and enjoy each day. Meditation has helped me be more present in the moment! I am very thankful for the program and for you all! And Walt! Walt has been my champion because he IS a champion!!!