Self Management Skills

I have made my disability into a capability: Part 1 of 3

Contributed by: Dana Morningstar Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, July, 2011 Dana is a 36 year old woman who lives in Georgia with her husband and their adopted baby boy. She has several medical conditions and has lived with chronic pain since she was a young child. In spite of these problems, Dana completed college… Read more »

My coping strategies for breakthrough pain

Contributed by: Vivian Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January 2011 Vivian lives in Memphis, TN.  She is 55 and worked as a registered nurse for 35 years. She has multiple medical problems causing chronic pain, including diabetic polyneuraphy, postherpetic neuralgia, L3 disc herniation with radiculopathy, and osteoarthritis. In her story Vivian describes coping strategies she… Read more »

My motivations and goals

Contributed by: Connie Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, June 2010 Connie is a grandmother from Nebraska. I was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes in November 2001. During this time I have been able to control my glucose level with diet. In the early years I was able to walk for exercise. Since that time I… Read more »

Taking my life back from pain, finding support

painACTION asked Max to write his biography and personal story as an example of how finding social support can help. Max lives near Detroit and runs an American Chronic Pain Association support group. I am a 53-year-old man, now divorced after 30 years, a statistic too common with chronic pain.  I have two daughters, and… Read more »

I won’t let this pain stop me from doing the things I love!

Contributed by: Dolores Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May, 2009   I am a 75-year-old woman, in pretty good overall health, but I have experienced chronic back pain which started about five or ten years ago. I’ve been taking care of it with rest, some physical therapy and some trigger point injections, but on one… Read more »

Words that inspired me

Contributed by: Ed Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May, 2009   One of the challenges of dealing with pain is keeping a positive attitude. I personally appreciated the encouragement one of my nurses provided to me during one of those difficult moments. She shared with me her love for her work as a pain management… Read more »

What I do when I’m depressed

Contributed by: Suzie Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, May, 2009 Depression often goes hand in hand with pain. A person with chronic pain becomes isolated from others. To cope with depression I take my camera and get out for a walk or just a drive. I look for subjects or objects to capture on digital…. Read more »

What are some things you should never say to a person with chronic pain? (Part I)

Contributed by: Three subscribers to the painACTION newsletter Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, March 2009   Here are three responses to a question in the painACTION Newsletter on March 23, 2009. Response #1 Never say, “I know how you feel.” Each person’s reaction to pain is affected by so many variables: family/friend support, pain tolerance,… Read more »