“I am by no means an expert on pain and surgeries; I am just an average woman who hurts a lot,” she wrote in the introduction to the book. “For decades, I have lived the relentless aches, fear, anxiety, frustrations, triumphs, and lessons of acute and chronic pain. Many aspects of pain are universal regardless of why you hurt. However, those of us who live in constant pain rarely speak openly and fully about our experience. Not just the experience of physical pain, but all of the emotional and psychological pain that accompanies it. It is time to change that. So, let’s talk.”
In writing “I’m FINE,” Woodard hopes to help others suffering from chronic pain find solace, support and community.
“What motivated me in writing it is I want to give a hand to somebody who’s a little further behind me on the pain path,” she said. “Over the years, I have found that it’s very healing to have somebody voice the thoughts that you think only you’re having. Hopefully this book can provide empathy, encouragement, or some inspiration or motivation.”
Woodard writes with a conversational and accessible style, and she kept the book on the shorter side for a quick read.
Woodard’s writing experience made writing the book the easy part. The hard part was self-publishing it, she said.