Living with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

At just 16 years old, Jonelle was hit by a drunk driver and suffered a broken neck. The only reason she survived is that a friend was driving behind her and rushed to her aid, holding her head in proper alignment to open the airway that had been cut off. Read more…

Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Between sophomore and junior year of college, Cheryl’s world turned upside down as she began to feel mysteriously unwell. She started losing weight at a frightening rate, getting down to 105 pounds. Her doctors refused to believe that she was ill, going so far as to call Cheryl’s parents and Read more…

Living with Nontraumatic Spinal Cord Injury and Sjogren’s Syndrome

Towards the end of 2020 Nic’s life took a bizarre turn. He had been a healthy father who enjoyed helping others as an EMT, but suddenly found himself in the midst of his own medical trauma. He started experiencing mysterious weakness and numbness in his legs, soon finding himself unable Read more…

Living with Erb’s Palsy

On the day she was born, Favor suffered an injury that would have permanent repercussions on her life. Her brachial plexus was damaged during birth, causing a condition called Erb’s palsy. The brachial plexus is a network of nerves in the shoulder that carries sensory information from the spinal cord Read more…

Living with Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Andrew has struggled his entire life to understand his own mind. He developed learning disabilities as a child, and as an adult was diagnosed with mental health conditions like ADD, anxiety and depression, but the treatments proved ineffective. Dissatisfied with these diagnoses and the direction of his care, Andrew began Read more…

Living with Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Kelcie’s life has been frustratingly intertwined with her chronic pain journey. She was originally diagnosed with palindromic rheumatism in her late teens, which would eventually progress into rheumatoid arthritis. In her late 20s she slowly began to experience mysterious widespread pain, accompanied by exhaustion and brain fog. Being diagnosed with Read more…

Living with Chronic Migraines, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome and More

India is a retired nurse living with a complicated collection of health conditions. She was born with hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome that went undiagnosed most of her life, and has experienced several related comorbidities including bronchiectasis. Her pain situation reached a fever pitch due to a Chiari malformation, where part of Read more…

Living with POTS (Postural Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome)

Michelle has always known that something in her body wasn’t functioning correctly. Throughout her childhood she sought help from her parents and doctors, but was told over and over that her symptoms weren’t real or serious. It wasn’t until her late 20s that Michelle was finally diagnosed with POTS, or Read more…

Life after a Traumatic Brain Injury

Eight years ago Christelle was hit by a texting driver while riding her bicycle. Her head went through the driver’s windshield, fracturing her skull and causing a traumatic brain injury. Three lobes of her brain were affected, resulting in a variety of symptoms including issues communicating, emotional dysregulation and difficulty Read more…

Accessible Recreation at Achieve Tahoe

Achieve Tahoe is a nonprofit organization offering year-round outdoor recreation activities for people with cognitive, sensory, and physical disabilities. They offer a wide variety of accessible activities including snowsports, water skiing, hiking, archery, climbing, equestrian skills, paddle sports and sailing. Their goal is to make these activities available to people Read more…