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Where physical therapy ends and magic begins: Healy Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine

“He helped my daughter get from being bedridden to going back to college,” says Michele Pestana when I meet her at Healy Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island, on a hot summer day in July 2022. Pestana is…
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Meghan O’Rourke and The Invisible Kingdom

As part of our monthly Chronic Pain Partners Post Newsletter, I had the pleasure of speaking with Megan O’Rourke, a fellow Zebra, but more importantly, journalist and author who recently published the bestselling book “The Invisible Kingdom,”…
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Interview with Dr. Pradeep Chopra regarding the psychological and psychiatric aspects of the Ehlers-Danlos syndromes and hypermobility spectrum disorders

Introduction EDS expert and pain specialist Dr. Pradeep Chopra contacted Chronic Pain Partners to speak about a recently published review on the psychological and psychiatric aspects of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Dr. Chopra has been…
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Interview with Dr. Norris on finding the genetic cause(s) for hypermobile EDS and much more

For Chronic Pain Partners, I had the honor to speak with Dr. Russell “Chip” Norris from the Norris Lab at MUSC, a research laboratory dedicated to finding the genetic cause(s) for the hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. Sturm speaks…
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Jules Machias about their EDS journey and new middle-grade book Fight + Flight

For our Chronic Pain Partner Post newsletter, the Chronic Pain Partner media team is excited to introduce the EDS community to the new middle-grade* fiction book “Fight + Flight,” which features a character with EDS! I had the…
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Interview with EDS advocate Donna Sullivan, TCAPP, about wrongful child abuse allegations and medically complex children

For our Chronic Pain Partners Post newsletter, I spoke with Donna Sullivan, board member of The Coalition Against Pediatric Pain (TCAPP). Sullivan lives with EDS and has several affected children as well. In this interview, she shares…
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EDS & Aging

The EDS & Aging Project Funny Bone Newsletter - March 2022 presented by EDS Awareness This is a community-centered project with people older than 45 who want to share their experiences about aging as a person with EDS.…
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Gift ideas for chronically ill people

The holidays are around the corner, and soon, we all will be ordering presents for our healthy or chronically ill friends and family. I don’t know how you feel about this, but I always have a hard time finding the right gift. Luckily, there…
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Cheers, to a new New Year’s Eve tradition: Gratitude

Can you believe that the year is almost over? Again? I feel like since the pandemic started, time has flown but also stood still at the same time. Unlike 2020 - we can all agree that 2020 should just be canceled entirely, right? - I have mixed…