Overcoming Challenging Obstacles

Excerpts from, Overcoming Challenging Obstacles by Twinkle VanFleet below.

The past few years have been a test of strength, endurance, and possibilities amidst constant setbacks to overcome. 5 years after the injury that led to my CRPS, I did go back to school for a degree in Corporate Publishing. At the end of 2006 I took leave to have my permanent Spinal Cord Stimulator implanted and I returned approximately 10 weeks later. Due to not being able to drive any longer, my husband took me and picked me up in between his own full-time work schedule. By 2007, I wasn’t able to keep up any longer. My grandson was born in 2006, too. My husbands first heart attack when he was 37, 2 stent placements, his Diabetes diagnosis, he only used accumulated vacation time for it and returned to work in a weeks time. In 2007, we bought or first home, but he also lost his 13 year career and stability when his company C.S.A.A. (AAA) relocated out of California. I continued to raise awareness for chronic pain, met Trudy Thomas, became a leader at MD Junction’s RSD Support and remained for 3 years. My own support group which I began on My Space in 2003 was moved to Facebook, yet I didn’t move the members with it. I like for people to find us rather than to send out invites or notify. I met Barby through Trudy. My son had a traumatic brain injury in August of 2011 and my husband had a second heart attack within a year. I stayed in the PICU with Ozra for 10 days. In December of 2012 I stayed at the hospital with my husband for the entire 9 days during his quadruple bypass surgery, the first few days I slept in the van. In 2012, I had Gall bladder surgery and in 2013 I had another Gall bladder surgery which included the removal of part of my liver and multiple hemangioma’s. https://rsdadvisory.com/2013/07/17/gall-bladder-fiasco-continued-and-hopefully-the-final-chapter/

2014 my daughters liver disease, our sons birth defect diagnosis from Shriners Children’s Hospital unrelated to his TBI and my surgery to have my SCS battery replaced. Piece of cake, mostly. 2015 started with a bang and 3 weeks of hard Cymbalta, Zonegran, and Clonazapam withdrawal due to WC delaying Rx refills. The other 2 weren’t filled either, but really no effects from them as much as the other 3. I no longer take Clonazapam or get the Lidoderm. It hasn’t been easy, especially when Clonazapam did help and pain management medication was and is already at the lowest minimum. I already do all that I can to minimize my own agony and I practice these coping strategies each and every day. My husband just had surgery to repair a torn shoulder a few months ago and we just learned by MRI he has another tear in his knee. We’re still learning all we can at Stanford for our daughter. Rikki is managing well. My purpose is in helping others, it’s all I’ve ever done one way or another, but it isn’t my passion. I’ve come to realize it can’t be. It’s not the fire flickering about the dancing flames that motivates my spirit to fly. My bucket-list goal survives all this. It’s not writing, I have that. It’s not policy, POP gave me that opportunity again. It’s much deeper than that, at least for me. Our son and oldest daughter are moving in together on the 1st. My man and I will have our home to ourselves. January 26th begins my 16th year. I’m not sure where 2016 will take us, I just know I take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’ … for mine.


Overcoming Challenging Obstacles

“Pain isn’t in our head, but it is in our brain, and our minds. Pain is sent from the spinal cord, sending messages to our brain, back to our spinal cord and up and down those nerve pathways. Pain signals reach our endorphins, limbic system, https://www.dartmouth.edu/~rswenson/NeuroSci/chapter_9.html hypothalamus, where they then affect our emotions and other bodily functions. http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=10812

Functional restoration afforded me lessons and insight to be able to push on. Sometimes we already realize these lessons for someone else, but when it’s us, we don’t recognize it the same, we change, unless we change us back.

It’s a daily process to overcome additional challenges brought on by chronic or intractable pain. It’s moment by moment at times. Having to stop something suddenly to practice breathing exercises to decrease a stress situation brought on by either emotion or a spike in pain, bring a rise in blood pressure down, use focal points, imagery or going to my “happy place” in my mind to ease myself.

“I will walk, when I cannot walk I will carry myself, when I cannot carry myself, I will fly” ©2009-2015 Twinkle VanFleet/@rsdcrpsfire Written while attending Compass Center for Functional Restoration

John C. Thomas, PhD, Rick Wurster MSG, MPT, ABP, BCIAC, Leticia Camarena M. A., Tatyana Yatsenko, Larry Lane, Patient, Patient, Twinkle VanFleet, Patient. Compass Center for Functional Restoration Graduation July 17, 2009

I began recording both my P & E. I tracked my “pain” level and my “emotional” level using the same Numeric Rating Scale. The 11 point 0 – 10 scale where 0 represents “no pain” and 10 represents “worse pain imaginable”, “as bad as I can imagine” or unimaginable. I don’t do this anymore because I’ve learned to have the awareness without tracking, but for example at the moment I logged, my E/emotions/stress was an 8 and my P/pain/physical was a 5, I would eventually learn that my pain level would most likely rise anytime. I had to use my cognitive tools right away to reduce my stressors in order to manage the physical pain. I discussed this concept at MDJunction.com when I was a group leader in the RSD Support Forum in 2009.

Life itself can be hard, add pain to it, and it’s even harder. It can be managed with the right tools. It’s never going to be perfect, but we can make it as comfortable or as tolerable as possible for ourselves. Removing or decreasing triggers that instigate pain have eased me. I can’t watch the internet all day. It’s not because I don’t love or care for everyone. It’s because there are pain triggers everywhere. When we see images, graphics, memes of illness or disease scrolling by, especially our own, a trigger can occur. I’ve learned over the years to recognize this. I have the awareness to understand that I can be a contributing factor in my own discomfort.

I never went to preschool and Kindergarten was only for a week or two. I started school in the first grade. I was taught at home and I was reading at advanced levels by the age of 5. My comprehension and spelling ability was always above average. While I either suppressed it or just didn’t care to acknowledge it, I did go to special classes in the first and second grade because I couldn’t pronounce the letter’s S and T in words and sentences properly. I was a critical thinker immediately in life. http://www.criticalthinking.org/pages/defining-critical-thinking/766

By the time I got to my 4th elementary school in the middle of the school year in the second grade, I didn’t have to tell anyone I went to the classes with the special ones. Those new kids and that neighborhood became the ones I grew up with until I left Sacramento in October of the 9th grade to move to L.A. County for my dad’s job. The rest of that year carried with it a bit of insecurity. I started Drama at my new high school and as a Junior I was in second year advanced drama, speech, debate and thespian clubs, involved in school plays, in chamber singers for a while, I swirled the baton too, but chose my priorities and kept to the one’s I still use today. By the middle of the 11th grade I was off to the high desert where my parents bought a home. I’ve been in 4 high schools, 2 Junior high’s due to the district split and several elementary. I learned to adapt young. I may not like it, but I do it fairly well. I’m a survivor of repeated childhood molestation and indirect physical and emotional abuse.

I’ve been an Empath http://themindunleashed.org/2013/10/30-traits-of-empath.html for as long as I can remember. I can vividly still remember leaving my teething ring on the back metal bumper edge of my dad’s best friend’s pickup truck and them driving away with it. I’m hypersensitive to people, places and things sometimes to my own detriment, yet I’m also a no-nonsense girl. I’m inclined to the natural order of things, including man and woman, but I’m not a doormat. I love my crazy and he does, too! Why? Because it’s really not all that crazy, I just like to have it appear so in the midst all the uncertainty in life. Laughing is the best medicine of all. If I can make you laugh, give you something to laugh at even if it’s at my own expense, I’m thrilled to have been of service.”

Empathy Vs Sympathy

http://www.diffen.com/difference/Empathy_vs_Sympathy

Sure there are times I think “Dang, no one gets it!” I don’t mean in everyday situations, I mean in my critical thinking. Those who are on the same page fear agreeing openly until my thought, reasoning, even an educated statement that I make is validated by someone with high education, authority or status. By that time I really don’t need the care, concern or acknowledgment. I might have needed it when I was no one to be acknowledged for. No one will ever know in these situations because I’ll not ever treat them any different and there isn’t any animosity, but there is recall. Why? Because everything we do or don’t do to another person makes an impact on them. Those impacts influence the rest of their lives by accumulation in decisions and choices. This includes my interaction with other people.

By the time I was in the 4th grade I was in the MGM program. At that time called Mentally Gifted Minds. My 9-year-old grandson is currently in the Gifted and Talented Education Program (G.A.T.E.).

During the 4th to 6th grade 2 of my class periods were reserved for tutoring the NES (Non English Speaking) students who just joined our Country from Vietnam, and other Southeast Asian communities. I was 8 years old when I began the 4th grade. These years were 1975-1977/78. Due to being bright enough to be a student teacher at such a young age, I missed normal class subject time; I began to fall behind in math studies. My mathematical education is only that of general knowledge. I held enough that I was promoted to General Manager for a Restaurant by the time I was 24.

I started college when I was 15 in the high desert of California. Law and Acting. I studied both Fundamentals of Crime and Delinquency and Theory and Practice of Acting. I loved being a minor, non-adult, in an adult law class. I loved that my mind was evolving, but it was at a pace others couldn’t keep up with. I loved learning by law enforcement mentors and the few things I participated in to grow and develop lifetime strategies for. I’ve been fond of the Law, Sociology, Philosophy, Theology, Theosophy, The Human Mind, Psychology, Enlightenment, Consciousness. Alternative Lifestyles, Natural Order and the last decade or so Pain Psychology. I like various other topics relating to each of these, too. When I indulge in a book these are the things I enlighten myself in.”  Excerpts from, Overcoming Challenging Obstacles by Twinkle VanFleet (Currently unpublished in its entirety) ©2015 Twinkle VanFleet, Overcoming Challenging Obstacles. All rights reserved.

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It really is a multi-disciplinary approach to pain care and taking an active role in our own overall well-being that makes the difference between making it or breaking it. Even if we have to fake it to make it to get there.

~Twinkle

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Living with HOPE Radio Show: Re-Airs Live- NERVEmber 19, 2015

Living with HOPE - Trudy Thomas Radio Show LogoThe Living with HOPE Radio Show with Host Trudy Thomas will re air live NERVEmber 19th, 2015 on the Body, Mind, and Spirit Network. Due to health reasons she took leave in January and has been working toward returning.

I’ll be re-joining Trudy as co-host each Thursday at 2:30 p.m PST/5:30 p.m EST with a 30 minute guest speaker, or to review, or to discuss current affairs. The chat room will be available for your combination of listening and chatting pleasure. The call in number for the show is (929) 477-3203.

Please stay on the line to listen live or press 1 to speak to the host.

Living With Hope: Guest Twinkle Van Fleet

Together, we’ll bring you a diverse array of treatment options, healing essentials, technology, inspiration, activities, and living with hope.

Since 2007, Trudy’s mission has been to promote awareness for the millions of people who struggle with chronic or intractable pain. To let people know that they are not alone in their journey and that there is life after diagnosis. Trudy discusses various therapies and the emotional struggles that can arise with a chronic incurable condition such as RSD/CRPS and coming out on the other side. She strives to empower, inform and educate.

If you have a topic of interest or would like to request guest consideration and have any questions, Please, contact Trudy at: goldfield_nv@hotmail.com

With “Topic of interest” in the subject line to propose a topic. “Guest speaker” to be considered as a guest and “Question” to ask your question. Please provide your proposal or question for either. This helps filter email and requests to better serve you.

Hope to see you there!

 

Pain Awareness Month 2015 – Feature 2 – Trudy Thomas, Living with HOPE Radio Show

Living with HOPE began in 2007 under its original title Living with RSD. It was Trudy Thomas’ hope to learn more information about her own health issue, the debilitating and painful illness RSD/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and with that a show was born. Bringing both traditional Western Medical Practices and Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) practitioners with expertise in prevention to cutting edge technology.

Living with HOPE- Trudy Thomas

Trudy Thomas is returning to radio!

Stay tuned!

Trudy empowered, informed and educated her listeners with information that wasn’t always readily available in a patient’s local area. Through the power of the internet she had the ability to bring you some of the most knowledgeable physicians, researchers, and advocates in the world.

Guests/Interviewee’s have included: Physicians, Counselors, Spiritual Healers, Psychologists, Pain Management Specialists, Alternative and Homeopathic Healer’s, Energy Healer’s, Medical Authors, Biographers, Researchers, Reiki Master’s, Herbalists, Chinese Medicine Practitioners, Clinical Trial Physicians, Patients, Patient Authors, many more.

Some Topics have included: Meditation, Biofeedback, Guided imagery, Relaxation techniques, Breathing exercises, Holistic healing, Energy healing, Coping strategies, Distraction, Depression, Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS), Pain Management, Medication management, Ketamine, Calmare (Scrambler Therapy), Mirror therapy (Mirror Box), DMSO, Low Light Laser Treatment Therapy (LLLT), Functional Restoration, IVIG, Neuropathies, RSD/CRPS, Herbal Remedies, Chinese Medicine, Neuro Inflammatory Disease (NID) and much more.

Trudy broadcasted live from PAINWeek 2013, September 5th and 6th. Hosting the Featured Living with HOPE Radio Show with Co Host Barby Ingle of the Power of Pain Foundation. Together they interviewed 4 doctors each day with varying backgrounds in pain and treatments.

Trudy’s network was the original hot spot for the Burning for a Cure show with Barby Ingle.

Trudy was the Nevada Ambassador for the Power of Pain Foundation until 2014.

She is the 2012 recipient of the Melanie McDowell Chronic Pain Awareness and Advocacy Award.
http://powerofpain.org/mcdowell-advocacy-award/

Trudy’s live shows ceased approximately 9 months ago. The archives are available for you.

Her Living with HOPE Show on the Body, Mind and Spirit Network became a featured Blog Talk Radio Broadcast in February of 2013 and retains that featured status today. Her flavorful interviews, upbeat personality, and casual atmosphere gave us a mixture of guest education, information and awareness, co hosting fun, thousands of listeners and our body, mind and spirits were left fulfilled with either something learned, something gained or something to look forward to. Hope.

Living with Hope
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Living with Hope was originally known as Living with RSD

Trudy can be contacted at: goldfield_nv@hotmail.com.

Living With Hope: Patient Spotlights

 

LivingWithHOPETrudyThomasNewFeatured Blog Talk Radio Host Trudy Thomas puts the Spotlight on Youth related pain and diseases. Each Monday at 4:00 p.m Pacific time/7:00 p.m Eastern.

Patient Spotlight Night to spotlight youth in pain stories of the @powerofpain youth fundraisers –

Tune in to hear about 4 different diseases and how the kids and the families are working to overcome the challenges.

Living with Hope Radio Show on the Body, Mind and Spirit Network

 

Listen to: Living with Hope Patient Spotlights Monday July 21, 2014

To join the shows, Call (347) 884-9691 Stay on the line to listen,  press 1 to speak to the Host or Guests. You can also follow the link above and log in from your computer, use a headset and join in the chat room.

Trudy has been the Nevada Ambassador for the Power of Pain Foundation for years now.

She started her show in 2007.  It has excelled to it’s ‘featured” status on Blog Talk Radio.

The Power of Pain Foundation‘s Patient Fundraiser Program for Youth offers front page exposure on POPF’s main page for those fundraising for medical related issues, treatment, equipment, life saving measures, and more for those between 0-20 years of age.

Power of Pain and Living with Hope offers parents or the youth themselves a chance to tell their stories, teaching us about illnesses we may not otherwise know of, raise awareness in new areas, learn more about illnesses that we do, and show these parents, children, pre teens and teens, we care.

If you know someone who qualifies, please contact us

POPF National Youth Ambassador, Kurtis VanFleet  Kurtis@powerofpain.org

Feel welcome to contact me also.

Trudy is also live Friday morning’s at 9:00 a.m PST. Each show is pain related, whether holistic or conventional. There is always something to learn. Episodes are archived, available to listen to and ready for download.

Stepping Up and Stepping Out with POPF (Power of Pain Foundation)

So many don’t realize what isolation is until they find worth in something or worth finds you. 14 years ago the injury, a right foot mid metatarsal separation changed my life.  In my story Emotional Seperation- Fire ‘N Flight Where Pain and Depression Collide by Twinkle (EKV) VanFleet you will find all the truth you need to and you will also find my story seemingly ends in 2006. My story never ended. 

As the years moved on, I learned to adapt. I wasn’t even on Facebook until 2009. I was however on Myspace where I met many RSD/CRPS leaders, organizations, shared posts, wrote posts to share. I have really never been one to hide my life. What you see is what you get as long as you are able to perceive it properly and fairly. The innocent looking, pretty, slim princess could so easily be the one selling the drugs.. and me? The pierced girl, who wears bracelets, anklets and just kicks it whether in leisure or professionally could be taken as the mobster.  I mentioned recently in a group post, the group that I founded over a decade ago that I am finally glad it’s me. That I am one to be judged, wrongly. For it might be me to make a difference in the world one day on the matter of prejudiced and profiling.  In a sense, I truly can’t wait!

I have done so much in the background over the years. The articles I had written, support given and offered, endless hours spent on so many that I let even my own family become second to all else.  I fell and I came back up. No one knew it. How could they? I didn’t tell anything.

Approximately a year or more ago, I posted a message that said “I need to find my happy” What I meant was that all my posts were bland, to the point, taken as serious. No online hints. No lol’s, no lmao’s, no ~laughs. Just the post.  Someone replied with I’m so happy you have. I was happy, too.

I started sharing posts of laughter, some not so accepted by a few. Some contained curse words, the graphic posts to me were funny and to so many others.. they laughed and laughed. Made their day! To a few they were found offensive, disgusting, wrong.

Suddenly where does that leave me?

It wasn’t until I became a member of the Power of Pain Foundation that I was able to have enough conviction and belief in myself to leave my home again.  Weight gain, swelling, vocabulary that in person is stuttered, lapse of memory, the inability to keep on my feet or even feel good about the life that had become me.

The Power of Pain Foundation showed me that I am so much more that the disabilities and inabilities that I sometimes put myself down for.

They have encouraged me to stay me! In all that I am and all that I might become.  They have accepted my diversities which so many of you will never, just never understand and they let me embrace it and move forward with all of it.

I get my work done and I fall short from time to time. What I have never had is someone putting me down, but instead encouraging me and thanking me for what I can do, not scolding me for what I am unable to do.

Simply put, work is work. Volunteer or not. Sometimes we all need a nudge just like any other job..  before you say but wait! It’s volunteer.. I can only imagine how many other volunteer positions I might have had that I would have been booted out from already. Why? Because I couldn’t get out of bed that day!

My journey with Power of Pain has afforded me the opportunity and want to get my butt out of bed or force my legs to go because it gave me incentive. We lose so much with CRPS/RSD. We need to know we still have some bit of worth. And you do! We all do. It doesn’t matter how small. It doesn’t even matter if you think there’s nothing left.. you have worth, you always will. Please remember that!

I’ve been POPF’s California Ambassador for a couple of years now. I have organized and attended one major event. I have done guest appearances on the Living with HOPE Radio Show with Host Trudy Thomas, I have Co Hosted a Bit, my grandson was featured in an article with Barby Ingle, I wrote the Forward for Barby Ingle Taylor and Ken Taylor”s book Real Love and Good Sex for Pain Patients and Their Partners 

I can’t even remember what else I might have done or achieved.

I thought that I wasn’t doing enough for POPF that I had let them down. These were my thoughts. I thought, my lack of mobility was holding me back from being able to interact with the local community and at large, the entire California Community. I thought that my immediate family issues were setting me aside because I was taking care of them. It wasn’t so.

And then..

I was honored with the promotion to Executive Board Member.

My goal now is to continue on building my POPF California Team. Throughout all of California.

I continue to search at random (with a few helpful hints) for the Power of Pain Foundation’s Patient Fundraiser Program for Youth, each month we choose 4 patients. From neuropathy, nerve diseases and disorders, RSD/CRPS, cancer treatment, medication and devices to other that will ease the life of a youth between 0 and 20.

And we divide $200 by 4. Power of Pain Foundation adds $50 to each chosen youth’s fundraiser account.

If you know anyone who fits our program specifications please contact me.

If you are in California and if you would like to be considered to represent POPF California, in any way, please contact me.  Please understand I cannot promise anyone a representative position.  I would however be most interested in speaking to you from any area of California of which you live.

Twinkle VanFleet, Twinkle.CA@powerofpain.org

May I add that POPF also offered me something else…

In my 20’s,  I was in the running to gather signatures for WSAC City Council

Accidentally in a sense..  Barby Ingle gave me back something, I lost so long ago.

Lets just say.. I’m on it now. And this time,  Que Sera, Sera

Continuing to step up and step out..

and about with POPF.

 

~Twinkle V.

 

Broadcasting Live From PAINWeek 2013 Living With HOPE

 

 

Broadcasting live from PAINWeek 2013 Host Trudy Thomas of the Featured Living with HOPE Radio Show will be on the air with Co Host Barby Ingle of the Power of Pain Foundation and together they will be interviewing 4 doctors a day with varying backgrounds in pain and treatments that they each have to offer. Each doctor will get 15 mins of air time.

Living w Hope painweek 2013

Trudy and Barby will be doing a 1 hour broadcast live from PAINWeek on Sept. 5th and 6th.

Be sure to stop by the chat room or phone in to listen and find out which doctors will be featured.

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Call in to speak with the host and guest speakers  (347) 884-9691 

Are you living with a chronic illness? Chronic Pain?

Depression? You are not alone.  Join us to meet some amazing guests who have walked the same path and come out on the other side.

This show delivers hope, practical advice, ways to find your own path and would like to hear from you about your journey.

 

A New Beginning: My Life with RSD

A New Beginning: My Life with RSD.

The above blog belongs to featured Blog Talk Radio Host Trudy Thomas.

The Living with HOPE Radio Show is Sponsored by the Power of Pain Foundation.

 

Living with HOPE began in 2007 under the original title Living with RSD. It was Trudy’s hope to learn more information about her own health issue, the debilitating and painful illness RSD/Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and with that a show was born. Trudy interviews doctors, therapists, caregivers, and patients; both traditional and alternative practitioners with expertise that runs from prevention to cutting edge technology.

Trudy empowers, informs and educates her listeners with information that may not be readily available in their local area. Through the power of the internet she has the ability to communicate with and speak to some of the most knowledgeable doctors and researchers in the world.

Some Topics have included: Meditation, Biofeedback, Guided imagery, Relaxation techniques, Breathing exercises, Holistic healing, Coping strategies, Distraction, Depression, Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS), Pain Management, Medications, Chronic Pain Treatments, Ketamine, Calmare (Scrambler Therapy), Cortical Integrative Therapy (CIT®), Mirror  therapy (Mirror Box), DMSO, Low Light Laser Treatment Therapy (LLLT), Functional Restoration, IVIG, Neuropathies, RSD/CRPS, Neuro Inflammatory Disease (NID) and much more.

For more information on how you can listen or even call in please click HERE.

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Listeners are encouraged to call in to ask questions of the guests during the show 1-347-884-9691, and if you miss the show you can listen later by clicking on the play button or downloading the shows archive. If you are on the go, you can call into the show through your home phone or cell phone at the above number and listen live. To speak with the host or ask the guest a question press 1, you can still listen to the show while waiting to go on the air, don’t hang up! Your questions and comments are important! A chat room is also available during the live show.

Living With Hope is broadcast live on Monday’s 4:00 p.m pacific and Friday’s 9:oo a.m pacific.

You can post your questions in the chat room to be answered on air. If the time is not convenient to stop by the live shows, you can listen to the archives at any time on the radio page.

Savy Seniors, Trudy’s newest show is live on Wednesdays 3:00 p.m PST. with co-host, Sharon Rowell covering all the latest news about health, medicine, safety, care taking and programs that are available to help seniors live a fun, productive and long life.

And, for fun of course Trudy does a Saturday show, 3:00 p.m PST,  with readings from spirit given by Seers of the Soul and lots of fun music from the 50′s-80′s. Oldies but goodies.

If you are interested in being a guest on any of these shows, please email Trudy at goldfield_nv@hotmail.com.