How I went from being barely able to work due to pain and fatigue to showing other people how to master their own struggles

Before there was a thriving app, a coaching practice and a confident Qigong teacher, there was a newly diagnosed 20 something year old struggling to manage their pain and have enough energy to get through the work day.

Then I started on a biologic medication that changed my life! I felt like I was able to move again without excruciating pain. But I started to have some really bad days and significant flare ups which left me feeling frustrated because the medication had been working so well.

In 2015 I started my Master’s program in Occupational Therapy and learned so much about why my own pain experience was so varied, what led to my flare ups, and how I could manage the pain and prevent the cycle of having a good day always followed by a few bad days. I learned about how we can adapt and unlock our full potential and optimal health within illness and chronic persistent pain, and knew that this was an area I wanted to focus my practice as an Occupational Therapist.

After I finished my master’s degree, I started working at a rehab clinic helping injured workers rebuild strength and stamina, as well as manage the pain from their injury so they could return to their career. I was asked to teach the part of the program that was centered around understanding the neurobiology of pain and to work with a hypersensitive nervous system. It was fascinating to see how this knowledge of how pain worked in the body positively affected the recovery of my clients.

Now I was on a mission!

My life-long love of learning led me completing my post-graduate certificate in pain, becoming a qigong teacher, and taking coaching training courses so that I could:

  • have a more in-depth understanding of how the pain response impacts our energy and ability to get what we want out of life
  • learn more about different movement syles and how qigong works discover more about the neuroscience behind human behavior, how we create new habits and break unwanted ones
  • how to regulate a dysregulated nervous system in an accessible and inclusive way

Now I'm on a mission to help people living with chronic, persistent pain like me learn how to take control of their pain, and therefore take control of their life

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