My journey with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD)/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) started when I was just 10 years old after a playground basketball injury. RSD/CRPS, an abnormal nerve condition caused by an overreaction to pain signals that the nervous system can’t shut off, is ranked highest (most painful) on the McGill pain scale, and unfortunately has no cure.
After many pain-filled months of trying to find a doctor who knew what was wrong with me, hours of therapy, many different hospitals, and a failed procedure, we finally found the Cleveland Clinic. There they identified the issue, helping me learn how to walk again and how to cope with the pain through their pain management program. Months later, I returned home from the hospital and joined a dance class to help rehab my way back to normal activity. Dancing has since become my passion and release.
I have suffered from pain daily from this debilitating disease for the past 8 years. Some days the pain is so strong it consumes me, and I can barely stand or get out of bed.
However, CRPS has shown me just how STRONG I can be, prevailing over pain as a very active college student and dancing as a World-Famous Kilgore College Rangerette!
I am posting about my experience today to raise funds and bring awareness to this awful disease, so others with RSD/CRPS know there is hope and that they are not alone. Be a warrior with me today in support of the RSD/CRPS community and consider sponsoring/donating and joining us as we WALK STRONG in support of research and treatment options.
Your caring support truly makes a difference!
- DATE: Saturday, April 16, 2022 (Rain or Shine)
- TIME: Pre-registration begins at 9:00 am. Walk starts at 9:30 am. (CDT)
- LOCATION: Semones Family YMCA, 4332 Northaven Rd, Dallas, TX 75229
- $25 – Adults (T-shirt included, while supplies last
- $10 – Children (12 and under)
- (Online registration closes April 15)
- For more information contact: Miller Kerr, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Register/Donate Now!