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Painting CRPS: A Nurse’s Reflection of the Bible and Its Correlation to CRPS

Published on February 14, 2017 under RSDS General Info
Matthew 6:26 inspires artwork of a nurse living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS). This blog was originally posted on this website. Alyssa Skillman, RN, BSN had the wonderful opportunity to create a canvas and acrylic painting for the Boston Scientific Neuromodulation headquarters in California. They have a program that allows their patients with implanted devices to create artwork and send it in to be hung at the corporate office. Alyssa stated, "My rep knew I like to paint so she was excited to get me into the program. The company sent me the painting supplies and guidelines (for consistency purposes). This is what I created and the meaning behind it." Thank you for the opportunity to share my artwork.…
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Magic Wand- Experiences Living with CRPS

Published on November 29, 2016 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
By Guest Blogger Alessia Zen A story of living with CRPS (the struggles and triumphs), the hope for the future, and what the community truly needs. Ever the dreamer as an eleven year old little girl I wrote my life goals on a yellow post-it note, proudly signing it with juvenile cursive writing- in my mind by signing with a "signature" this became official just like a real-life grown up. I wrote that I was going to become a doctor/archaeologist (emphasis on the slash, in my mind these careers were not mutually exclusive), challenged myself to read one thousand books, hoped to write a novel, promised to travel the world seeing all of its wonders, and that I would discover…
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The Friend Who Didn’t Tell Me About Their Chronic Illness

Published on June 1, 2016 under Opinion
By Melissa Lovitz, Guest Blogger for RSDSA Dear Friend, I think you didn’t tell me about your chronic illness because I didn’t create a space for you to share with me more about your whole self. I wasn’t fully open and honest with you either – I’m sorry. Living with an invisible illness isn’t easy, and sometimes the shame and stigma that is associated with our conditions hinders our ability to be forthcoming about this important aspect of our lives. But, our silence perpetuates the invisibility of our illnesses – just saying. I think you didn’t tell me because you’re so used to, and good at, managing your condition on your own.  I am too! I wonder if you thought…
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Crazy Sock Walk Raises Awareness for CRPS/RSD and More

Published on January 26, 2016 under Events
By Samantha Barrett, Special Events Coordinator For the past few years, I have participated in Crazy Sock Day. I am a lover of crazy socks and have quite an inventory of them, so every day is Crazy Sock Day for me, but on January 24 it is embraced by the invisible illness community. I had heard it was for a young girl named Melanie who had several of the invisible illnesses that I did. As the years went by, I learned more about this young lady’s story. January 24 is her “painiversary.” To raise awareness and bring a little bit of sunshine to this girl’s life, Crazy Sock Day was started. It quickly took the CRPS Community by storm through…
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Crazy Sock Day for CRPS Awareness

Published on January 19, 2016 under Events
Interview by Sammie Barrett, RSDSA Special Events Coordinator. For the past six years, there has been a day in which people wore crazy socks to raise awareness for CRPS/RSD awareness. I heard about it in its second year and encouraged my friends and family to participate. We would post pictures of our crazy socks online to our personal Facebook pages and to a page dedicated to this Crazy Sock Day. Last year, the first Crazy Sock Walk happened in Melbourne, Florida. It is happening again this year. The masterminds behind this: the Dickens family. Melanie is teenager living with CRPS/RSD among other invisible illnesses. Her mother, Laurie, is one of her biggest advocates. I was able to interview them this…
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RSDSA Spotlight: When to Listen- A Day In The Life With CRPS

Published on January 5, 2016 under Guest Blogger for RSDSA
By Autumn Strand, Guest Blogger for RSDSA I, like many, had never heard of RSD/CRPS until it actually happened to me. I remember on the ride home googling it after the 3rd doctor I had been to said it is what I more than likely had. After many tests and even more treatments, I was diagnosed with this mysterious disease but I still wasn't sure what was happening to me. I have done a lot of research, and I am still learning new things every day. In my experience, most doctors do not know very much about RSD/CRPS so how can other people know? In the world of invisible illnesses it is almost impossible for people without them to know…
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