Dealing with an illness like Complex Regional Pain Syndrome is a stressful experience for everyone involved. If you’re the one dealing with it, you may not not want to think it, but everyone around you is just as stressed or more stressed out than you are. I never gave my parents the appreciation they deserved for being there every step of the way through my struggle. It wasn’t until after I was in the remission process that I realized the stress I had put my parents through. So you may be wondering what I did to help both my family and I deal with the stress of CRPS? The first thing that helped me cope with everything going on was carving out time between therapy and appointments to hangout with my friends. It is crucial to keep theses social ties, because they help your mental state, and keep your life as normal as it can be. The second thing I did to get through CRPS was listen to calming music. Along with this I also found that finding TV shows and movies that put you in a good mood helps to distract you and relieve some stress. To help with my family’s stress, I tried to keep as positive as an outlook as I could and also not push back when it came to things the doctors wanted me to do, no matter how miserable they sounded. The most important thing to remember is that everyone is looking out for you and trying to help you get better. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to me!