I'm Shelly.

I'm glad you're here. 

I started Peaceful Body Coaching because I've lived with chronic pain for a decade. I know that even though chronic pain sucks, you don't have to. 

As a pain management coach I support those living with chronic pain or illness to break free from pain and live their fullest life possible. What does that mean? Well, it means that we find a way for you to stop feeling like crud on a daily basis, and start getting you to feel more like yourself, doing what you enjoy doing. I know you're a badass and you have what it takes to kick pain's butt so that it doesn't keep kicking yours. 

So, what really is chronic pain?

This is how I define chronic pain and the individuals who live with it:

It is estimated that, globally, 1.5 billion individuals suffer from chronic pain. In the United States alone that number is 100 million. That’s more people than individuals suffering from diabetes, heart disease, and cancer combined. 

Chronic pain is often an invisible condition; the typical individual does not outwardly show signs of suffering from emotional and physical pain. Due to this invisibility, painiacs often struggle silently and may even be negatively judged because they might not “look” like they are not well. 

Chronic pain isn’t choosy; it affects individuals no matter your race, gender, age, or location. However, many painiacs are young women. This poses a unique challenge because physicians, health care workers, and counselors may not fully realize the magnitude and severity of the suffering and they may try to downplay, discount, or deny the validity of the pain. Young, otherwise healthy and fit individuals are often told “it’s in your head”, “ you’re too young for this”, “you’ll learn to live with it”, or “give it some time and it will pass”. 

Painiacs are very often stigmatized, isolated from friends or family, unsupported in the work place, and struggle with depression, loneliness and frustration. The suffering is destructive and impacts the individuals social, economic, mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. 

I founded Peaceful Body Coaching because I am committed to changing the landscape of chronic pain. In my own experience I noticed how, as a chronic pain sufferer, options for help and support are limited. I recall being ignored by doctors or handed aggressive and addictive pain killers that just made me feel sick, disconnected, and just not "me".  I joined support groups but observed that instead of lifting me up it just made me feel worse. I got tired of talking about feeling better; I just wanted to be better, already! I felt as if I was treading water just to catch my breath, but not getting anywhere. I knew that, deep down, I was strong, positive, and loved life, and that even though I lived with chronic pain it wasn't the only part of my story.  I just needed to remind myself of that. 

Let's change how we talk about, treat, and respond to pain. So that you stop feeling like crap and start feeling like you.

Together, we can create a network of painiacs who are supportive, informed, enthusiastically determined, proactive, empowered, and self-advocating individuals leading lives of thriving rather than surviving. 

I'm so incredibly happy that you are joining me on this journey!

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