Age: 51 years old
Location: Dayton, OH
Pain warrior role: Advocate and support group leader since 2017
Health conditions: Complex regional pain syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and osteoarthritis.
Tip for pain warriors: "Finding a good support group has really helped my mental health. Whether it’s online with Pain Connection Live or in-person, feeling understood is very beneficial. Also looking at multiple ways to approach pain, such as meditation, physical therapy, and counseling is useful."
Fun fact: "Since my husband’s in the Air Force, we have lived in five different states since getting married 26 years ago. Indiana, Virginia, Texas, Maryland, and Ohio have different cultures but all have welcoming people and allies."