I am definitely recognizing the emotions connected to my pain, and I am understanding why my brain is using the pain and fatigue as distractions for me to avoid such unpleasant feelings. By writing about what I am feeling has really opened me up to understanding the concept of TMS even more. The journaling is hard, and it makes me cry almost every time I write and bring my emotions to the surface. These emotions I have been repressing are so much stronger than I thought they were, and the events in my life bother me more than I realized. I realized just how strong my emotions are, and just how significant of a toll they have been taking on my body and on my life. It feels good to have this insight, even though it is a difficult process.