I, Papa West, have been struggling for a long time with chronic pain. While serving in the US Army I was diagnosed with Progressive Small Fiber Peripheral Neuropathy (PSFPN). In short, I was told the small nerves, the ones closest to my skin, were damaged and will continue to get worse.
The pain first appeared in my feet and has slowly progressed up my legs and into both arms. I find it difficult to explain to my closest friends and family what it feels like to endure the sensation of burning, numbness and itching in both legs and arms, all at the same time and in varying intensity. Unless I’m in the middle of what I would call an attack (sharp spike in pain), you’d never know the nerves within my body were destroying themselves.
I was recently gifted a MindJournal. It’s a journal designed specifically for men with prompts to guide you through the process of journaling. I can’t say it’s a cure for my condition in particular, but I can say that it is helping me to accept the pain caused by my PSFPN.
It’s rarely talked about, but chronic pain can be deadly. I’ve considered suicide more times than I’d like to admit. Putting words down on paper has helped me rethink what it’s like to live with chronic pain. I can’t say that that I’m alive today because of MindJournal, but I can say that I’m still here.”
First, the quality of the journal is out of this world. I was not expecting to open it up for the first time and find something so solid and durable. Second, I’ve never used a journal before in my life. I was a little apprehensive at first, but guess what happened. I started using it. Not everyday, but enough that I could feel something. It got me thinking about my life, my friends, my family and more importantly my sanity.
If you’re looking for a way to start putting your thoughts on paper, stop what you’re doing right now and buy this journal!