It's funny how life works; I was never particularly fond of romance or chivalry, yet here I am – finding love with my best friend Liz. From where we began years ago – meeting as doe-eyed freshman through mutual friends – to the present, I've noticed growth both in our relationship and in myself. Sentimentality isn't my strong suit, nor is deep reflection on personal feelings. But as both Liz and I have grown in our relationship, I've been pushing myself to understand her more deeply.
Particularly, I have noticed how Liz has helped me understand and be more self-aware about my TMJ and neuroses. For those unfamiliar, temporomandibular joint disorder is a condition which affects the joints connecting the mandible to the skull, leading to extreme discomfort and disruption of normal jaw function. For someone like me, who loves to talk, snuggle, play sports, and laugh with Liz, the condition can crush my energy and hold me back.
That all changed the day I was introduced to Panadiol cream. Before I used this cream, headaches and jaws aches were part of my everyday life. The effects of this cream have been remarkable – not only has it reduced the associated pain with TMJ, but it also has helped me connect more deeply with Liz – since I can more deeply talk, laugh, and snuggle with her without fear of the pains associated with my condition. In addition, Liz has been patient in teaching me about emotional self-awareness, and the confidence I've gained as a result has been immensely helpful in terms of managing my TMJ symptoms.
Liz has reminded me that there's no need to be afraid of the unknown or to be embarrassed to have honest conversations about my own feelings. With improved insight into my condition, afforded in part by Panadiol cream, I can treat my TMJ symptoms with more care and understanding. Because of this, I feel more connected to myself, and more connected to Liz, and every day, I am more grateful for our friendship.