Your Stories

Your Stories of Pain and Courage

Here are the powerful stories of some local people who struggle with persistent pain, but have learned to manage manage it with some support and much courage and determination. Our thanks to the ACT Government for its funding which has helped Arthritis ACT – Pain Support bring these stories to you.

ANGELA

 

I live with chronic post-surgical pain as a result of significant facial nerve damage after maxillary and ongoing oral surgery. Read more……

 

 

 

ANGIE

 

I lived with ongoing pain for three years until I reached a point where it was either going to take me down, or I had to make a change. Read more……

 

 

 

ANNA

 

I was 24 when I developed recurrent acute pancreatitis. Read more……

 

 

 

BEN

 

I’ve had several major injuries, but it took decades to learn how to manage pain and go through it to the other side.  Read more……

 

 

 

DONALD

 

I have osteoarthritis, scoliosis, and compacted lumbar vertebrate as well as osteoarthritic spurs – plus heart problems etc! Read more……

 

 

 

ELLYN

 

I’m a young woman who has lived with pain for as long as I can remember.  Read more……

 

 

 

GARY My story is about learning the value of daily management of my condition, which has resolved the pain and stopped it from returning. Read more……

KIM

 

I’ve lived with pain since my early 20s and now my life revolves around appointments to help me manage it. Read more……

 

 

 

ROBYN My whole life people have told me the pain is all in my head. They say I don’t look sick. Others say I’m ‘faking it’. The reality is a different story. Read more……

SARAH

 

I was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome at the age of 12. I have now self-managed chronic pain for several years, but it is still part of my life. Read more……