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Description - No, It Is Not in My Head by Nicole Hemmenway

At seventeen, Nicole believed her life was just beginning. She was a senior in high school looking forward to college and living on her own. However, all her dreams vanished the moment she became injured. Diagnosed with the neurological and chronic pain disorder, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), mainstream medicine viewed her pain and symptoms as being untreatable and incurable. She was living a nightmare. With no use of her right hand and minimal use of her arm, she depended on massive amounts of narcotics to survive each day. Yet even that could not control her agony. The crippling pain was so paralyzing that she faced periods where she was bed-ridden or wheelchair bound. All she had to hold on to was hope. Hope that her miracle would someday arrive... "No, It is Not in My Head: The Journey of a Chronic Pain Survivor," will spread hope, present answers and allow others to believe in the unimaginable. It is not one young woman's story back to health, but a culmination of "our" stories back to health.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781600376993
ISBN-10: 1600376991
Format: Paperback / softback
(234mm x 193mm x 14mm)
Pages: 242
Imprint: Morgan James Publishing
Publisher: Morgan James Publishing
Publish Date: 6-Apr-2010
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Nicole Hemmenway

Nicole E. Hemmenway understands chronic pain. Living half her life with the neurological and chronic pain disorder, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, she overcame the "disabled" stigma to prove miracles happen. Although the disease went into remission for nearly four years, it returned with vengeance during the beginning of her senior year of high school. A fluke incident causing her to pull two tendons in her right hand resulted in a long and painful nine-year journey through the medical system.While life became lonely, tiring and redundant, she refused to believe she would be sick forever. She refused to accept the medical profession had explored all avenues and hope in a greater, pain-free future was lost. By no longer allowing the pain to define her identity, Nicole empowered herself to become proactive. Taking control of her own life was the reason she found treatments that fit her lifestyle and body.By experiencing firsthand the great strides and pitfalls of the medical profession, Nicole gained valuable life lessons of expectations and rejections. She has lived through the pain, the struggle, the hell. She overcame what doctors told her was a hopeless situation and became a survivor.Nicole views her pain as a gift and feels privileged to have had access to many medical procedures and therapies others are not. However, with this privilege comes the responsibility to bring to the forefront awareness of the many resources available for the 75 million people living in chronic pain throughout this country.She has worked in conjunction with the National Pain Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing functional recovery of persons in pain through information, education and support, for seven years. Writing articles for their website and speaking at various medical conferences around the country on their behalf has been a joy for her. She sees every talk as another way to start dialogue between doctors, patients and the health industry.For the past eighteen months, she has been working with best-selling author and renowned writing instructor Tom Bird. While Nicole has been a writer-at-heart her entire life, using Tom's unique method enabled her to unleash the writer within her. She turned her journals depicting her chronic pain experiences into "No, It is NOT in My Head: The Journey of a Chronic Pain Survivor."Nicole has committed her life to becoming a leading voice in chronic pain awareness and an advocate for patient rights. "No, It is NOT in My Head: The Journey of a Chronic Pain Survivor" will be her first published book with a companion workbook to follow. She plans to write two other books on chronic pain as well.