Self Management Skills

I have made my disability into a capability: Part 3 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 »

I have made my disability into a capability: Part 2 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 »

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 »

How I’ve gotten good support

Contributed by: Vern Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January 2011 Vern is a 55 year old man from Minnesota who sent this story to respond to the painACTION newsletter question, “I have been able to get good support from other people by…”  Vern has had 5 failed back surgeries and has been living with chronic… Read more »

Help, I’ve fallen and will get up

Contributed by: Karen Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, August 2010 Karen is 47 years old and lives in Arizona.  Thirteen years ago, she slipped and fell on icy steps, injuring her lower back and sacrum. She then had two surgeries.  Prior to her fall Karen rode horses daily.  Now, in spite of her pain, 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 »

My best strategy for avoiding high calorie foods

Contributed by: Margaret Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini MSW, April 2010 Margaret has fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and scleroderma.  She is 60 years old, lives in Virginia, and sent this response to the painACTION Newsletter question “My most effective strategy for avoiding high calorie foods is…” I have been dealing with chronic pain since I was 35.  I… Read more »

My best strategy for dealing with anxiety

Contributed by: Diane K. Reviewed by: Kevin Zacharoff, MD Diane has had fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue for over ten years. She writes that she is slowly learning to live with it and has recently been able to start work as a volunteer six hours a week.  This is her answer to the painACTION newsletter question… Read more »

My personal experience with handicapped placards

Contributed by: Jackie Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, August 2009   I first received my handicapped placard when I was only 32 years old; needless to say the ugly, critical stares and comments began immediately.  Here are a few:  they usually all started with “Do you know that that is a Handicapped parking spot?”  When… Read more »