I understand that you don’t want to dwell on depressing thoughts. It is hard to read about the pain that others share hear, and not have any idea how to help them, or even sometimes relate to that level of suffering.
I think it is important to realize that many DO heal and move on from this, and they are for the most part not posting here. Many others find ways to cope with the pain and live their lives, it just becomes a somewhat normal way of life.
I am currently in the “coping phase”–my ATN is still definitely with me all day, but almost all the time it is at a level that I can somewhat ignore it, or use very low-level tricks such as a mouth guard or a bit of lidocaine to cope. For the past few months I can definitely say that things are improving a bit, and for that I am very thankful. I think I have also forgotten what it is like to be “normal”, which isn’t a terrible thing when dealing with chronic pain.
Never stop believing in the power of the human body to heal, and our ability to find solutions, even cures, for the problems that ail us. Never give up hope that a new cure could be just around the corner, or that things will change for the better for some inexplicable reason. Never stop taking care of yourself in every way possible.