Those who suffer from chronic pain encounter unique challenges, especially when it comes to communication. It is essential that partners communicate needs clearly when one partner is dealing with continuous physical pain. Those trapped in chronic pain might tend to get trapped in rigid patterns. They may fear of bothering their partner, being perceived as complainers or playing the martyr role. In marriage it is important to express your heartfelt and honest feelings, especially if you haven't been doing so. Gwen Talbot, my guest today, will shed some light on the major issues that affect those stricken with chronic pain. Issues include such things as clearly communicating what you want or need from your partner, facing reality by knowing what you can and cannot control, feelings of helplessness, complaining, giving up, changing or lowering expectations, responsibility. Gwen will offer suggestions and hope for those who suffer. This show can also be beneficial for those who deal with severe emotional pain and issues of a continuous nature. This program does not take the place of professional advice, but serves as a discussion of the broad issue of chronic pain. If you believe that you could benefit from professional help, please seek a practitioner suited for your individual situation. Gwen Talbot has had a distinguished career as a Speech Pathologist in the public and private sector. She founded the National Chronic Pain Outreach Association, Inc. in 1976 She’s presented at many conferences in places such as the White House, Congress, and has served as media spokesman for the Arthritis Foundation on "Coping with Chronic Pain." Gwen designed the protocol for the establishment of a national information clearing house for chronic diseases and rare drugs (NICODARD) in congress. Gwen is also active in community service and organizations.
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