To everyone struggling with chronic pain, I see you, and I know you’re probably tired and feeling like you aren’t worth it, but please know that no matter what happens, no matter what anyone says, your life has meaning. You have meaning, and you don’t have to think that the version of you with no pain is the one who deserves to live. You, with all the pain and suffering and crying, are important, and by God, I hope you can see it. I hope you can remember it when everything looks dark and inescapable.
You don’t have to be pain-free to deserve happiness and support and value. You are already perfect.