Self Management Skills

Ways I keep my spirits up

Contributed by: Brooke Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, January 2012   [Brooke is 41 years old, lives in Colorado and has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic myofascial pain, fibromyalgia, bipolar depression, and anxiety.] I have been a single mother for 22 years and have been living with chronic pain as well as Bipolar Disorder… Read more »

What I learned about living with pain that I wish someone had told me

Contributed by: Vern Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, September 2011 Vern is 55 years old, had failed back surgery and has neuropathy in both legs. He has been in chronic pain and on disability for the past 10 years. In his story Vern offers advice to help people who are new to chronic pain. One thing… Read more »

How my new hobby helps me cope with pain

Contributed by: Grace Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, August 2011 Grace is a 73-year-old woman living in Canada who was born and raised in Holland.  She has lived with neuropathic pain for 14 years and describes that her neurologist calls her pain “Neuropathic Pain Syndrome” because no specific cause has been established.   My husband… Read more »

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 »

It began with brushing my teeth: Managing my life and facial pain before and after surgery for a brain tumor

Contributed by: Stephanie Reviewed by: Evelyn Corsini, MSW, October 2010 Stephanie, a 48 year old wife and mother, is a native of Indiana. Just over three years ago, I began to experience strange sensations: sudden, temporary, bursts of electrifying pain surging through the left side of my face and head, seemingly triggered by brushing my… 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 »