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Being Told to Keep My CRPS Quiet

Published on August 23, 2016 under Bully Free Zone
=== By Samantha Barrett Sometimes, people can be downright mean. When awareness is a crucial part of living with CRPS/RSD, what do you do when someone tells you that you should keep quiet about it? I’ve had CRPS for just about 10 years now. I was diagnosed as a pediatric patient. Being a teenager, I got easily irritated when people didn’t know what CRPS/RSD was or why I was still on crutches. People wrote posts on MySpace about me, calling me a faker. I lost a lot of friends because they didn’t understand why I couldn’t go to the movies or have sleepovers. To say I was angry would be an understatement. But I didn’t want to let that anger…
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We’re Partnering With The Mighty!

Published on July 12, 2016 under Bully Free Zone
CRPS/RSD, RSDSA, and The Mighty (Oh My). We are so excited to announce that we have a new found partnership with The Mighty. This partnership will bring RSDSA's resources in front of The Mighty's wide-reaching readership. We will now have a growing home page on The Mighty and will appear on many stories on the site! How exciting is that? The Mighty is a story-based health community focused on improving the lives of people facing disease, disorder, mental illness, and disability. More than half of Americans are facing serious health conditions or medical issues. They want more information. They want to be inspired. The Mighty publishes real stories about real people facing real challenge (like CRPS). Much like our own…
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RSDSA Spotlight: Dear Body

Published on January 12, 2016 under Bully Free Zone
Written by Melissa Lovitz, Guest Blogger for RSDSA Dear Body, I’m sorry for wishing you were different and calling you flawed. Living with chronic pain for twelve years taught me to question a lot and dislike much about you. In the chronic pain world we’re encouraged to constantly ask ourselves, “are you hurt or does it just hurt?” We live in a world where “find a distraction” is our first line of defense because “find a reason” and “find a solution” aren’t always possible. The absence of an explanation from you about why it hurts makes me crave reason and logic that much more; that directly conflicts with my experience of pain for which there is little semblance of such…
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Camp for Courageous Kids!!!!

Published on April 2, 2015 under Bully Free Zone
Do you remember sitting around the campfire and signing camp songs, roasting marshmallows and giggling with your new friends? It's your first day of summer camp and you are so excited to be there, to join in all the activities:  archery, bowling, arts & crafts, horseback riding, etc. Fast forward 25 years to being a Mom and/or Dad whose child who lives in chronic pain - there are no summer camps for your child because he/she is "too complex." But now there is a SUMMER CAMP for children living in chronic pain: THE CENTER FOR COURAGEOUS KIDS in Scottsville, Kentucky. RSDSA together with the US Pain Foundation and The Coalition Against Pediatric Pain (TCAPP) is sponsoring a camp July 14-17,…
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