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Survivor’s Guilt, Traumatic Events and Chronic Pain

Guest Post writer Cassandra Russom points out that the Wikipedia definition of “survivor’s guilt” is a mental condition occurring when someone perceives themselves to have done wrong by surviving a traumatic event when others did not. It’s typically found among survivors of combat, natural disasters, and in situations where one’s colleagues are laid off. Russom says that chronic illness fighters deal with a type of survivor’s guilt, though it’s not the standard definition. She feels those with chronic pain have survived a traumatic event in a way, as their illnesses frequently strip away the vestiges of their former lives, carving them into a hollow shell of what they used to be and planned to become.

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