This is a continuation of a series of articles on chronic pain and an interview with Nicole Hemmenway. The previous articles can be found by clicking here.
Nicole, we’ve discussed your story, your struggle and your book. Tell us, who do you hope to help with your writings?
No, It is Not in My Head will be a unique resource to caregivers and people living in chronic pain. As caregivers gain insight on the emotional struggles and physical torment those in pain regularly endure, the latter find comfort knowing they are not alone and the wisdom to try alternative therapies. Chronic pain persons also learn how to become proactive and stay optimistic. With twenty-five percent of our country’s population living in chronic pain, there is a desperate need for a story that presents answers and allows others to believe in the unimaginable. After all, hope is essential to healing.
What advice would you give to people who are suffering with chronic pain?
I would offer two pieces of advice to those living in chronic pain:
1. Remember you are never alone.
2. Do not lose faith in a brighter, happier future.
I struggled for seven years with the ravages of chronic pain before I found my cure. During those dark times, I repeatedly heard doctors say I would “never have use of my limbs; that I needed to make the best out of my situation by accepting my disability.” However, I refused to give up. I refused to let the disease control me. Even with the cards stacked against me, I was determined to beat the hell that had become my life. It did not matter that Western medicine pushed me aside when they were unable to help me, for I always held onto hope—hope in a miracle, hope in a cure, hope in a better, happier, pain-free life.
Where can people go for help? Links to credible pain resources, as well as books that made a difference during my recovery, are available on my site. The American Pain Foundation and the National Pain Foundation helped me navigate the medical field. The Coastal Bend Chronic Pain Center has important information describing the cause of specific diseases. I encourage anyone to contact me at [email protected], and please visit my Heroesofhealing site.
Autographed copies of No, It Is NOT In My Head: The Journey of a Chronic Pain Survivor from Wheelchair to Marathon are currently available now through http://nicolehemmenway.com and will be released in bookstores in April 2010, by Morgan James Publishing.The book costs $19.95.
In order to instill in all of us that we can make a difference as a collective group, a portion of each book’s proceeds will go directly to chronic pain research. By giving back to the pain community, caregivers will finally feel helpful and scientists will have the means to conduct much-needed studies. But more importantly, those crippled by pain can keep hoping for a brighter future. For tomorrow just might hold their cure…
Thank you, Nicole. I hope those of my readers that are suffering with chronic pain will reach out to our sites for help. Best of luck to all of you and may you find peace.
© 2010 Robin Cain http://www.robincain.com