Continue Pushing, Continue Fighting
Written by Destinee Macklin for the RSDSA blog.
How and when did you develop CRPS/RSD?
On May 11, 2018, I was the passenger in a vehicle we were using to conduct patrol. During a routine traffic stop, a suspect bailed out of the passenger side of vehicle armed with a handgun. As I excited my vehicle to pursue the suspect, I took two footsteps and saw a headlight. I put out my left arm in fear at which time I was struck by a truck.
I was able to gain my balance, continue to pursue the suspect, place him into custody, and retrieve the handgun.
I was sent to shock trauma and six months later, October 2018, I was diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Type 1.
What has daily life been like since your diagnosis?
It has been such an obstacle, but the key to being a strong Warrior is the mind. If you can control your mind, you can control how you react to the battle of CRPS. I have since had two spinal blocks and a Spinal Cord Stimulator placed inside of me to include a cervical wire. I have had to change so much from become a healthy detective to a person struggling to walk and complete normal activities.
What is one thing you wish those without CRPS/RSD could understand?
That sometimes I do not have the energy to be who I used to be. That I am now a new person who has accepted who I am and I will not always be able to make every function. That sometimes I need alone time to gather my thoughts and emotions and that there are moments where I may feel like a burden. I wish I could be who I used to be, but unfortunately that is not an option. I am going to be better than I used to be… while battling CRPS.
What advice would you give to newly diagnosed Warriors?
Find something that comforts you. I started sewing two months after my diagnosis which has led me to become a fashion designer. When I sew, it is almost as if I feel no pain. It is a positive distraction that gives me hope as I hope to spread awareness with every design I complete.
What advice would you give to Warriors who have had CRPS/RSD for many years?
Continue pushing, continue fighting. You have made it this far and for that I am proud of you. You are truly inspiring to others who are fighting.
I would love to know what activities or treatments have helped you find temporary or long term relief?
As I stated, I enjoy sewing. It is a craft that allows me to use my limbs more and stay active. Honestly, the amount of concentration it takes to assure that I do my project correctly is an amazing temporary distraction.
Anything else you would like to add?
If you would like to learn more about sewing, need mental encouragement on days when times are rough, or would like more information on the clothing brand I am creating to raise awareness for CRPS, feel free to contact me on Instagram at @MackTheTailor or via email.
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