205 | P a g e 1. HIGGINS 2015 [195]: Struggles with communication I hide my true thoughts and feelings from my parents. My mum doesn’t know that I am worried about her pain. I keep myself at a distance from my parents and talk about my feelings about my mum's pain with anyone. It makes me feel closer to my parents if I discuss it. I don’t want to talk to them about their pain as it may cause more suffering. HAVING A PARENT WITH CHRONIC PAIN 2. HIGGINS 2015 [195]: Development of compassion or empathy for others I enjoy helping my mum and understand that chronic pain is very complex. I have learnt life lessons. For example, “it is important to look beneath the surface” and being able to empathize with others. . HAVING A PARENT WITH CHRONIC PAIN 3. HIGGINS 2015[195]: Development of children‘s independence at an early age It can be a good or a bad thing. I don’t like being left alone or unsupervised. It can be difficult to take care of my mum, both physically and emotionally “growing up too fast is not a good thing”. HAVING A PARENT WITH CHRONIC PAIN 4. HIGGINS 2015[195]: Effects on participants‘ emotional health. At times I have suffered emotionally because of my mum's pain. I felt sad, angry, frustrated and afraid. Partly because it is difficult to have a parent with pain, and partly because I am worried that my mum won’t be around for important events in the future. I am worried that pain is life-threatening. I am worried that I may also get pain in the future. I feel guilty because sometimes I doubt my mum's pain. HAVING A PARENT WITH CHRONIC PAIN
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