Day 20: Burnout #HAWMC

Day 20 (April 20) – Burnout
Write about burnout. What does it feel like? What are your burnout triggers?
What gets you OUT of the pit of despair when nothing is going your way?
Today’s post was recommended by Lori of


Well, I hope that a “burnout” is a flare? I will assume yes, and continue!

Well, since being diagnosed in May of 2011, I have only had 1 official flare.. and I am currently in my second:(

I know many times before being diagnosed with chronic pain, that I have had flares, I just never accounted for them..I Just assumed I was having a crappy couple of months, as I didn’t know the full spectrum of my disorder.

So in September of 2011, I was feeling GREAT, my pain was at an acceptable level, I was living a really great life, so I decided to get back into volleyball. I used to be a very dedicated player, played on a very competitive team, for the first year of my illness, then I couldn’t cope with the requirements anymore, so I had to stop.. But I decided to join the B team at our school, no stress, low chance of injury, sounded like a good fit for me, so I joined, and I realized how much I missed the sport, but sadly, during one of the games I fell directly onto my chin, and received a fairly serious concussion.

This concussion started what would be 8 weeks away from school,and a flare that hasn’t really ever gone away since then.. the intensity has stayed the same, but the locations has diminished..

enough of my rambling!

What gets me out of the Pit of Despair? 

Rules of the next section! Every time I write “PIT OF DESPAIR” you must say it in an evil villan voice. My blog. my rules;)

-Getting out of my house.. sounds so trivial.. buts it’s so true!

-Being around people who won’t focus on my flare, or the state of my appearance.. because I am not cute when I am in a flare..

-Listening to music( I prefer classical)

-Trying to forget about the “PIT OF DESPAIR” and focus on the positives, no matter how small they are

-Learn a new skill. Knitting helped me increase my concentration that I recently lost from starting a new medication! It really helped me, and it works for taking your mind off things

-Take each day one at a time. Don’t rush them,

-Last, but certainly not least don’t stress out .