What is it like living with chronic pain

Asta Diabaté
6 min readDec 21, 2020

Chronic pain feels like a shackle holding you back. Doesn’t sound fun but you can learn to live with it.

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Today I decided to be brave. I’ve been debating for ages whether I wanted to write about my health drama. What will people think? Will they be horrible? Will this have an impact on my life?

Well, I’m taking the plunge anyway. I’m writing this for me: to have something I can go back to when I’m feeling like crap; to try and take away the stigma associated with having an invisible disability. But I’m also writing it for those who might be experiencing something similar. You are not alone.

So here goes nothing…

It all started in middle school

I started feeling pain in my left wrist every once in a while. Was it annoying? For sure. Was it debilitating? No. It just meant that sometimes I couldn’t be on dishes duty — which wasn’t that bad.

Fast forward a few years. I’m in high-school. The pain just keeps coming back and it’s making life hard. Handwriting becomes a painful process. The pain doesn’t limit itself to my wrist but goes up my arm. I still can manage but I’m popping pain killers like there’s no tomorrow when the pain becomes crazy.



Asta Diabaté

Sharing my two cents about tech, biz & sometimes policy. Oxford & Sciences Po Paris Alumna