Storms are destructive. They rip down what is old and weak and make new space for things to grow and become stronger. I have to remind myself of this certainty every day. Storms will end, the clouds will pass and the sun will, figuratively, shine again.
"We met at the wrong time. That's what I keep telling myself anyway. Maybe one day years from now, we'll meet in a coffee shop in a far away city somewhere and we could give it another shot." Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
If you don't know what to say to someone in chronic pain, don't worry. You don't have to say anything! Just be there and listen. No platitudes or advice; we just want you to treat us the same way you did before we became sick- as your friend.