My Wife Claire is disabled and suffers from chronic pain. She is also an on-line gamer. She asked me to be totally honest and tell you the truth, she only started on-line gaming, so she could have at least half a conversation with our son who was a lot younger when they both found World of War-craft. As they both got older and she sadly collected a few more illnesses, she realised that the pain was never as bad when she played. So she kept playing, even when our son stopped playing for a while she kept on playing.
She loves to role play she is am able to run, jump, hop, even just walk when she plays, things she can no longer do in real life. Well she can walk but not very far a few steps at most and not unaided. Then she got a referral to the pain clinic. She takes a lot of pain killers and other types of medicines. The referral was to see if she could reduce any of these meds. It was decided she couldn’t, in fact they even added a new one. Then she mentioned the on-line gaming and how much she felt it helped her and finally this Doctor understood, were countless others had dismissed her as a mad middle-aged woman (except me of course). Now someone actually listened and even had a name for it, she said she was using WoW as a Distraction Therapy. She explained about all the different kinds other people used but was extremely pleased that Claire had found one already and had been using it for years.
Sadly there are some days she cannot go on WoW, right is one of them but she will play when she can and will soon be back, to run, jump, skip and hop. Her name may say Claire Grieve but there should also be a few other names beside it, I cannot list them all, so I will add the one name she am most proud of. Triell Proudstrider, Valorknight of the Vanguard of Valor.She has been given the honor of being an officer and would do anything She could do to help anyone of the members both in the game and in real life. They are such a big part of her but when they read this post a lot will be shocked to know she is disabled. She has asked me to apologise for her keeping it quiet, she wanted to be accepted for being her not as “oh yeah that disabled woman”, not that any of them would do that.
I will go into more detail about Distraction Therapy in another post and how else it can be used. I hope you can use it as a Carer or to help the person you care for to reduce their Pain.