I get a lot of questions on the name of my blog seeing as it seemingly has nothing to do with pain or illness. Have you ever wondered where ‘TheProject3x5’ came from or what on Earth it must mean? Let me share! :)
When the doctors first shared with me my diagnosis of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS - also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy or RSD), I was totally clueless as to what I was dealing with. How could it be that something I had never once heard of was suddenly ravaging my helpless little body, causing such immense, unspeakable Chronic Neuropathic Pain?
As we do these days, I turned to the Internet praying that I would find solace through the almighty Google! I became an information warrior, yet quickly found my cyber-self bogged down by mainly negative, often misinformed personal sites, blogs, and forums. Chronic Pain is no easy feat, and as I’ve said before, I can understand and empathize with the despair and desperation that these patients must have been facing. After all, even the best of us have our bad days.
It was there and then however, that I decided to line my path with positivity and hope. If that wouldn’t do it, I decided faith would be my constant companion, walking beside me every step of the way. As a cause of CRPS/RSD, I knew that Chronic Pain and Illness might affect my life, but I would in no way let them be or take over my life.
Blogging my journey from that moment on was a no-brainer! Why? Not only would it keep me accountable, I also thought that perhaps I would find others out there who wanted to live in hope similarly to me. How has that worked out? To that end I’ve come into contact with so many more people than I ever thought I would! In fact, some don’t necessarily suffer Chronic Pain but instead are just looking to live positively - it’s been great fun!
In addition I hoped very much that I might raise the staggeringly low awareness level for CRPS/RSD, and eventually other forms of Chronic Neuropathic Pain. On that note, I’m so proud to say that, I have just become the Texan Ambassador for The Power of Pain Foundation, a national organization with international reach that indeed raises a great amount of awareness and funds for many different illnesses (from CRPS/RSD, HIV, MS to Post-Cancer Pain and many, many more) with Chronic Neuropathic Pain.
Finally, in the back of my mind I perhaps thought that by sharing my life, it might motivate a few others to truly live through their pain, too. Little did I know that this would end up to work the other way! I have been both incredibly motivated and inspired through the constant comments, emails, and love I’ve been given instead! It’s been wonderful.
When it came time to name my new blog, I went back and forth! Should it be something to do with CRPS/RSD? But then what if I wanted it to grow? Ok, then, something to do with Chronic Illness or Chronic Pain. Wait! Should I incorporate my name? What a task!
So, I simplified…
Going back to my original thoughts on how I wanted to walk this new path and on what I wanted out of my blog, the name, ‘TheProject3x5’, came to me in a second. I quickly scratched any previous idea I had had of using illness or pain in the title. Those things were never to define me. Instead, I wanted something positive. Something to keep me motivated and on both my virtual and real-life toes.
I thought of the fact that I would now be sharing my life, to achieve certain goals, through a series of captured moments, or snapshots - the size of which are ‘3x5’.
And so there you have it :) TheProject3x5
I hope you all are well and enjoying your long weekend! It’s so great to be back blogging with you. I’d missed it very much, but please don’t forget you can always find me Tweeting away @Theproject3x5 and on Instagram as theproject3x5.
Ps: Does the frame and picture motif make more sense now?