Age: 38 years young
Location: Charlotte, NC
Pain warrior role: Advocate and support group leader since 2017
Health conditions: Complex regional pain syndrome, neuropathy of intercostal nerves, and arthritis.
Tip for pain warriors: "What has helped me get through my chronic pain is being able to help others who are experiencing chronic pain. Once I worked through my own struggles with dealing with my health condition, I quit my job and opened up my own private practice in mental health so I could focus on helping others who are struggling with chronic pain. Turning my frustration and anger into something positive really helps ground me in finding a purpose for my pain. I hope to one day be a leader and a change agent for all of those impacted by chronic pain. My favorite tip to others is to channel frustrations and sadness to something that helps you find meaning and purpose. Mine was advocacy for chronic pain care, but it can be anything you enjoy and find meaning in!"
Fun fact: "I have three kids (ages 8, 6, and 3), two dogs, a rabbit, and a 75-gallon saltwater tank! My house is ALWAYS BUSY!"