It's a pleasure to be spending this time with you. Speaking of time, we have a long episode. This is probably one of the longest episodes since I began the show a few years ago. The reason why is because the topic of forgiveness is an important topic for those living with chronic pain. It's also the first time that we are broaching this topic. I figure we take a nice deep dive into the science behind forgiveness, how it affects both cognitive behavior and motivational components and bring a human voice and experience to forgiveness and chronic pain. The definition of forgiveness is the act of willfully putting aside feelings of resentment toward an individual or an event that has committed a wrong, unfair, hurtful, or otherwise harmed you in some way.
Forgiveness is not equated with reconciliation or excusing someone and it is not merely accepting what happened or ceasing to be angry. Rather, forgiveness is the transformation of one's feelings, attitudes and behavior so that you're no longer dominated by resentment and can go on living the life you'd like to live. Forgiveness is often identified as an important part of life and it can also be an important part of pain rehabilitation. Here to speak to us about forgiveness is Dr. Karen Litzy. She's a licensed physical therapist, international speaker, host of the Healthy Wealthy & Smart podcast and owner of Karen Litzy Physical Therapy.
Through her work as a physical therapist, she has helped thousands of people overcome painful conditions, recover from surgery and return to their lives with family and friends. She has been a featured speaker at both national as well as international events, including the International Olympic Committee Injury Prevention Conference. In this episode, Karen shares her own story about developing pain, coping with pain, overcoming pain, and the role of forgiveness played in her recovery. I want to thank Karen for joining us to speak about this important topic and especially for her openness, honesty, and authenticity on the topic of forgiveness and chronic pain. Let's welcome Karen to the show and learn about forgiveness and chronic pain.
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