So after missing the first 4 days of work this week due to pain and spending a great deal of that time reading Dr. Sarno's book and learning to accept that I have TMS, I made a conscious decision to take today - the final day of my usual workweek- as a day for me, to do my journal entries and my program commitment and to go shopping, which is something I used to LOVE to do but have not enjoyed recently due to my pain. I'm sure my boss would not be pleased that I stayed home and went shopping and I'm sure my bank account won't be happy because I am out of paid sick time BUT I have read that I need to take care of me and that's what I did today! Can I say I was totally pain-free? Absolutely not! But I can say that I was able to shop from 10:30 -4:00 without any significant pain and when I felt it creeping in, I used all that I've learned so far to banish it! As I sit here at 9:30 tonight and reflect, I can honestly say that today was one of the best days I have had in a long time. This is especially exciting because I have a hectic weekend ahead filled with lots of good things- looking at wedding venues with our son and future daughter-in-law, a family dinner to celebrate their engagement and the bridal shower of my best friend's daughter- so much to celebrate and enjoy! If not for this week and this program, I would probably not be feeling so excited about the weekend ahead because I would be fearful of how my pain might get in the way. I can honestly say that I am also very much looking forward to getting back to work on Monday! I know the road ahead will not always be easy but I am confident that with this program and the support of this community, I can take my life back!