About Me: Female, On the Beaches of Paradise, FL, member since Jun 2008
I am the Community Leader (CL) of the Pain Management Community. I am also the CL of the Caregivers Forum as well as the Senior Health Forum. In August of 2015 I became the Co-CL of the Arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis Forums. I have had Chronic Pain and compound and
[More] complex medical issues for many years.
I have always enjoyed helping others. I can relate to the complexity of the many issues associated with this often misunderstood condition called Chronic Pain. I have Severe SI Joint Dysfunction that has disabled me. I also have a huge abdominal/lumbar mesh implant that recently failed and is inoperable. I am one of only 300 in this World to have this condition. This causes unimaginable pain. I have multiple other medical conditions related to the trauma of what was considered a non-survivable MVA - that by the Grace of our God I survived.
In June of 08 I was forced to give up a rewarding career as a Corporate HR Director due to the severe disabling chronic pain.
My first career was nursing which again due to the MVA I could not continue on a full time basis. I loved the fast paced challenges of the ER and ICU. I have done my best to maintain my medical knowledge and keep up with the many changes, including PT employment in the profession until a few years ago. Nursing has always been my passion. My dream is to one day return to it.
I have a brilliant, dedicated, supportive and caring husband who is truly my soul mate. I am the mother of 2 wonderful grown sons.
We found Paradise in the Panhandle of Florida, along the Sugar White Beaches of the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. We live steps from the Beach which I find brings me Peace and Serenity.
In that same year I lost the best father in the world, after caring for him in our home for almost eight years. I was daddy's girl. Through the Caregivers Forum I attempt to share the challenges and many rewards of Caregiving. Recently I lost my beloved mother. I grieve for them everyday.
MedHelp has been my Support and Haven. For those of you reading this I hope the same is ... or will be true for you. Bless You!
PEACE - is not something you wish for; it's something you MAKE, something you DO, something you ARE and Something you GIVE Away. 'John Lennon' May you all have Peace!
The Sunlight is my highway, Waves are my Green Light. I thrive under Clouds by the shoreline n beneath the Water's Surface. My heart is Here - Safe with the Sand. I Live the Salt Life.
Hi Tuck, sorry I haven't been around. Lots of family stuff going on, and struggling with some health issues not related to RA. I think I'm on the upswing now, so I hope to get back on the boards more often this year. Thank you for thinking of me.
Thank you for being such a kind, steady and compassionate friend to all on the Pain Management Forum. You are always here to help and advise. I am not one with many words, but I come on each day and it always comforts me to know I am not alone with my pain issues.
I hope I am not being out of turn, but may I ask about Phil? I is everything alright? I know everyone misses his great advice and wisdom. Please let me know how he is doing. mandi
Thanks for the holiday wishes:) It was so nice to hear from you! I do need to spend more time on this site...you will see more of me now. I'm going thru another medicine change, so I'm a bit foggy and tired...anxious about how I'll feel during the switch and then after... How are you feeling? I hope you had a nice holiday and a happy new year:) Talk with you soon:)
Thank you for everything!I just wanted to personally thank you for your continued support and suggestions which have been so helpful! You, as a CP patient, even amidst flare ups, are an exceptional person to give so much of yourself! Saying what you did "I'm proud of you" meant a lot as I don't hear that often. Actually, besides my mother ( who is an amaaaazing woman & has been by my side through all of this) I have nobody. Since I became ill (when thyroid went sideways on me & Chiari hit me, I've kind of had a very unsocial life-who wants to put up w/such a mess I feel). But it did strike me in the heart. I'm struggling & im hard on myself. So, THANK YOU for making me feel little bit stronger than I think I feel. A heart of gold, you!
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