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In last week’s #FridayFive gratitude post I mentioned that I went to see Alfie Boe with my Mum. I wasn’t overly excited, but my Mum is a fan and I wanted to go with her as I knew she would love it.
Having chronic pain often means I can easily say “no” to doing stuff as it can be challenging to manage my pain. I also feel like people will judge me for doing stuff that I struggle to do, or not understand how I can carry on doing things when I’m in so much pain. But I’m in pain whether I do stuff or not, so I always choose to do whatever I can, when I can. And I shouldn’t have to explain or justify myself to other people.
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Yes, I was in pain. Yes, I struggled to get comfy during the concert. Yes, my pain was worse the next few days. BUT I’m so glad I went to see Alfie Boe as my Mum thoroughly enjoyed herself and I had a brilliant time too.
It was far more important to me knowing my Mum had a good time as I knew she needed some quality time with me and to have an evening away from everything going on at the moment (my Dad has cancer). And, like I always say, doing things we enjoy and that make us feel better can help us manage our chronic pain and mental wellbeing in the long-term.
Read some more of my blog posts about how I cope with my chronic pain:
We went to Alfie’s Homecoming concert in Fleetwood. We were lucky to get the VIP package seats, and were on row D, quite near the middle. The choir Only Boys Aloud were the supporting act and they were absolutely brilliant too. I’m not a fan of this genre of music but you couldn’t fault their singing.
The whole show was brilliant! It lasted far longer than it probably should have but you could tell Alfie was loving being back in his home town. He’s very entertaining and had the crowd laughing and joining in. I never thought I’d say this, but I’d go and see him again. I’ve seen him twice now, and although it was to keep my Mum company, I’d actually go for myself next time too.
Here are a few photos from the concert