Many losses experienced while living with Chronic Pain are never talked about: losses of family, friends, work, income, self-identity, trust, safety, and sameness. With the loss, there is grief: grief is pain felt on the inside. Mourning is the work of getting that pain up and outside of the self. This requires a safe space with others who will not judge; others who will simply listen and accept your story.
People living with chronic pain have a great deal of unrecognized trauma. Seeking help to process trauma is a sign of strength, not weakness.
New ideas about the Mind/Body connection have to be learned and accepted by each individual. There are no “quick fixes” … Coming to accept the changes in one’s self and giving up expecting others to understand these changes is necessary. The goal is to mourn the changes, come to know what matters and find meaning in those changes. The answers to one’s self lie within.
Shirley Foerster is known to friends and family alike as our very own “Bionic Woman”! Shirley has beautifully and bravely managed her own health while having six lower body joint replacements! She developed Rheumatoid Arthritis at age 27 and has over and over again proven her experiential empathy for others as she herself continues to thrive despite living with the Rheumatoid for fifty years. Shirley Lives Well with Chronic Pain and wants you to be able to do the same. She is a Registered Nurse with a B.S. in Behavioral Science. She also worked many years in the hospice field, and she has facilitated many groups related to loss and the need to persevere in transforming our lives. Shirley is a certified Life Coach and believes in a holistic approach to living. Come and join Shirley as she shares her wealth of experience and empathy: come and learn to Live Well with Chronic Pain!
Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting three to six months or more.
The group is viewing the online course by Dr. Schechter, studying his book, and using a workbook to journal.
Your group will be a Closed Group (NO Walk-ins). Those attending must have a previous meeting with the facilitator. Commit to attending and participating, and you will learn to ask What is the WISE thing for me to do? And HOW can I do it? Call HCHF at (928) 453-8190 to set up an initial consultation with Facilitator Shirley Foerster, firstname.lastname@example.org
Havasu Community Health Foundation (HCHF)
2126 McCulloch Blvd N Suite 14
Lake Havasu City, Arizona 86403
Phone: (928) 453-8190 Fax: (928) 453-8236
Open 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday
HCHF is a 501(c)3 public charity
Taxpayer identification #20-1839858