I have the best job in the world as Certified Pain Recovery Coach, helping people like yourself recover from chronic pain, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and many other conditions. It worked for me and I’m confident it can work for you too. I use a method called Pain Reprocessing Therapy, or PRT, which is designed to help you to feel safer around your pain. I work with my clients to to help them get out of fight/flight/ freeze mode to turn down their sensation of pain, and to help them learn to live in the peace and calm, living their best life.
I was raised in North Dakota and have lived in Colorado for over thirty years. I can’t think of two better places to have spent my life. Often when I’ve been asked where I’m from, the reply I get is “Oh, North Dakota, I’ve been to every state except North Dakota.” Followed by laughter of course. Poor North Dakota gets such a bad rap. That is part of why it is such a great place. No one thinks to go there!
On the other hand, everyone wants to be in Colorado, because it truly is an amazing place to be. I’ve lived here since 1985. I am recently divorced after twenty-three years of marriage, and have a 22-year-old son, and 29 and 32-year-old stepsons. I am a certified tennis professional and have been teaching tennis for about ten years.
I am an athlete. I played college basketball for Metropolitan State University of Denver from 1986-1989 and played high school basketball and tennis. As a kid I was a tomboy and often played sports with the boys. I was a gym rat and was often the last kid to leave the gym after practice.
Adverse childhood experiences where we learn to perceive life as scary are almost always what end up leading to chronic pain later in life. I had a loving childhood but it was also very stressful with a lot of family conflict and generational depression and anxiety. My journey with symptoms began in 1992. In 1986 I lost my boyfriend in a car accident, and in 1990 my dad had a stroke at the age of 52, both of which caused a lot of stress that lasted years. I was working in retail management eighty hours a week continuously, and trying to run, ski, hike or bike in my spare time. I kept thinking that things would slow down after Christmas, or after the next big event, but they never did.
I was a workaholic. In 1992 back pain came on suddenly. I was miserable for a couple weeks. The acute back pain subsided, but I had back pain for several years. In 1995, I was still working excessively when I became ill. My doctor told me I had chronic fatigue syndrome. I had never heard of it. After a month I recovered and went back to working my sixty-to-eighty-hour work weeks, and in 1996 I became ill again. I tried to keep working until I had to stop in 1997. I was devastated. If I was rational about it, I would have been relieved. I mean who wants to work that much, right? I didn’t slow down enough to really know what I wanted. TMS isn’t about being rational, it’s about trying to stay safe at all costs, and doing things in excess helped to keep me safe.
Over the years I’ve had TMS back pain, chronic fatigue, multiple chemical sensitivities, neck pain, hip pain, plantar fasciitis, shoulder pain, esophageal spasms, head pain, and anxiety. I have been able to overcome them all except the head pain and anxiety, in which both are much better after working with a pain coach, and working the “Curable” Program, as well as listening to the “Tell Me About Your Pain” podcasts. I also did a “Curable Group” which I highly recommend and read “The Way Out” by Alan Gordon and Alon Ziv.
I process things by writing, and so I started writing about my experience through healing TMS, and this website is about just that. I wanted to share my writings with you in hope that they might be as beneficial to you as they have been for me. Let’s work on rewiring our neuropathways together. This blog is not about the destination, it’s about the journey, and I hope you will come along with me on the ride!
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