12 Comments

  1. Teresa

    This is an interesting post you have written and great tips in being more empathic to chronic pain sufferers. Being able to visualise pain in a more tangible way can really put our selves in pain sufferers shoes.
    The game that allows you to see the pain of others is really clever and fascinating. The marvel of science!

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Teresa,

      Yes, I think the  empathy game that allows you to see the pain of others is a fantastic show case of how technology  can increase our empathy skills. It is indeed a marvel of science. 

  2. Alan Edwards

    Hi I was most impressed with your site because it raised my awareness of several new issues. I had not previously come across the suggested game as a means of identifying and treating back pain. I do  suffer from some back pain so will re-visit your site from time to time to update myself about your recommendations. Thank you Alan

    • Thabo Nkomo

      Hi Alan,

      First of all, how are you feeling today? I know with back pain everyday is different. I hope today is one of your “good days”. That said, this site was created for people such as yourself to be acknowledged and be given the information to  better manage their  pain. Yes, by all means  feel free to come back anytime. I’m here for you.

  3. Alexis

    I love to paint, and it’s a great way for me to forget all the crap that I had to deal with that day. I can just let my muse take over and soon I’m in a very happy place. I can see how engaging in creative activities can help a pain sufferer cope with his or her condition.

    • Hi Alexis,

      Creative activites such as painting or writing a poem have always been great outlets for people dealing with stress. It’s even more important for pain sufferers to find ways to distract themselves from their condition so that they can live happier lives.

  4. Jessica

    A wonderful imaginative post. I am a sport addict so I love tip 6–Watch any Sport Series on TV. When women’s Tennis is on, especially The US Open, I’m in the zone. I just block everything out including my Boy Friend’s text–well, he knows not to text or call me when I’m watching women’s Tennis. Anyway, I can understand how sports can be a welcome distraction for pain sufferers. Your tip has made me more empathic–Super? Well, I’ll work on that by following the other tips. Fun post that didn’t hammer me with a message, just got me thinking in a very relaxed way about seeing the world through the eyes of a pain sufferer.

    • Hi Jessica,
      Thanks for a very entertaining and empathic response. You have a very good sense of humor, and that will go a long way in your efforts to better connect with pain sufferers.

  5. Erin

    Very interesting post that make you think of all the things that non-pain sufferers take for granted. I never considered the difficulty in preparing a meal from a pain sufferer’s point of view. Now I can see how like lifting heavy pans, chopping vegetables, opening jars and standing for long periods can be a daily challenge. Maybe, some of us who know a pain sufferer should offer to cook a meal for them. I think that’s gift that they would really appreciate it. Think I’ll do that. Thanks for the eye-opener.

    • Hi Erin,
      Cooking for a pain sufferer sounds like an amazing gift to offer. It speaks to things that are truly meaningful for people suffering from chronic pain. Apart from having a break from cooking their own meal, I think the company of others plays a big productive role in helping them feel that they are not isolated. It’s really a wonderful gesture on your part that will do more good than you are aware.

    • Hi Sou,
      I am a big fan of taking everyday activities that you already do and reimagine them as ways to become a more open-minded and empathic human being. I’m glad that the post inspired you. Cheers for becoming more empathic!

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