Today, instead of sternly commanding my pain (and symptoms) to go away, I approached it with compassion. After some journaling, I felt deep gratitude for my pain. It helped me through some incredibly dark times, and honestly, I don't know what I would have done without it. My pain was there for me when no else was else was. It helped me disengage from situations that were toxic for me. It has been helping me for 30 years and I never properly thanked it. Today, I thanked it. And I meant it. Then, I asked it to help me once more by giving me just one pain free day. To help me prove to myself that I could handle my life and my emotions on my own. I told it that it could come back tomorrow if it wanted to, but for just one day I needed to stand on my own. As I write this right now, I feel okay. Not 100%, but okay. And I am grateful for that as well.