I now serve the patient community as published author, educator, blogger, freelance writer, and advocate. I am a “Health Pro” on chronic pain at Health Central, a regular contributor on fibromyalgia at ProHealth, and a member of the Pain Action Alliance to Implement a National Strategy (PAINS).
I have been blessed to have many new relationships because we share a common goal to educate and change the way pain is perceived, judged and treated. And remember, I learn from YOU! Teach me.
While my moral compass, my character, and my desire to help others was unchanged, the way I confronted life was vastly different. Like all people who live with chronic pain, my ability to control was—well—out of my control. Suddenly I was confronted with choices, some I was ready to make, others would come later. I still have the same issues others have, loss of a lucrative career, social challenges, and the myriad of other things we encounter, but I learned I could manage obstacles—I would reclaim control.
My life changed because of migraine, spinal disease, surgeries, fibromyalgia and several comorbid conditions, autoimmune thyroiditis, Raynaud’s, myofascial pain syndrome, and a serious decline in my short term memory (later confirmed by a neuropsychological exam). I did not know when I walked out those hospital doors for the last time I would be confronted with the dilemma all chronic pain patients face – loss of identity. How could I continue to contribute to society, use my talents, and remain in a safe environment for others and for myself?
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“To be successful at any goal, I must have an open mind and willing heart, judge not, embrace change,
and be a steadfast observer of self wisdom.”
For over twenty years, I enjoyed caring for patients and mentoring others as a registered nurse. I enjoyed my duties as an ICU and ER nurse, nursing supervisor, educator, coordinator of hospital-wide education, and writing continuing education courses for the Missouri State Board of Nursing.
I hold a Bachelors of Science Degree in Nursing (BSN) from Webster University, and I graduated from Kaplan University with a certificate in Paralegal Studies as legal nurse consultant. Among other things, I was affiliate faculty and a training center director for the American Heart Association, a member of the American Society for Hospital Education and Training, and a member of the Emergency Nurses Association. To say I love to learn is an understatement, and I firmly believe if you really want to learn something, teach it!