I found the educational activity really interesting! I can relate to the following "When they come you think not again, how bad will it be this time, or I can't go on with this pain. By focusing on the fear and the pain itself you are falling into thought patterns that continue and exacerbate the symptoms." This is definitely me, I have a lot of these thought patterns. I thought these thought patterns were just me, but they sound quite common, which is quite a relief. I also found the page on breaking the pain cycle really interesting. I found the following paragraph helpful "...Your mind goes to the pain 20 or 50 or 100 times per day. You monitor it, you fear it, you focus on it, you wonder if it’s going to hurt if you wear those shoes, you wonder if the party you’re going to is going to have comfortable chairs, you think, “How am I ever going to have kids if I can’t even lift them?” Your mind is a relentless machine, churning out thought after thought and fear after fear with one singular focus: the pain." I thought this was just me as well, I think about my pain way too much. Sometimes it's scary how many times a day I think about pain. --- I'm a bit confused about stopping bad thought patterns. Is it just a case of becoming indifferent to the pain, and journaling? I feel like I'm missing something!