This week, most notably on Tuesday and today (Friday) I had some moments during which I actually forgot about my pain for awhile for the first time since the pain began last June. They were just moments, maybe a few minutes at a time, but I am hoping the moments will get longer and longer. This was an especially hard week because my supervisor announced she would be retiring at the end of the school year. This means change and uncertainty, two things I don't deal with well. I actually had an upset stomach on Tuesday and Thursday because of this news. But when I find myself worrying about the future I remind myself that I am not a fortune-teller and don't know how things will work out, so it's pointless to worry. I keep returning my attention to the present and, when I'm particularly anxious, I try to focus on my breathing. The feeling of realizing I've forgotten about the pain for a few minutes is a truly wonderful feeling. I am looking forward to more of these moments.