Emily Painter @emilyspeaks30

Patient Leader

Through my blog and social media I am sharing my story and insights into life with chronic pain with the world. My main goals are to encourage and empower those in my community who are suffering in silence with chronic pain or illness. My life forever changed when I fell down a flight of concrete stairs in June 2010-crushing my lumbar spine and pelvis. Although I underwent an L5/S1 spinal fusion in February 2015, the extensive damage done to my body has resulted in my having to process and accept that I will live in chronic pain for the rest of my life. I share my story to offer hope, understanding, and guidance to the countless others who are going through this same difficult process.

Nominations

Best in Show: Community
Emily Painter @emilyspeaks30

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