By Ed Coghlan.
A 32-year old woman, who next year will become a licensed physical therapist is sharing her own journey with chronic pain.
Leda McDaniel has written a memoir that chronicles her journey of healing after she contracted CRPS following a sports injury.
“I wrote this book with the intent of sharing with others some of my most personal moments during my recovery from severe joint and nerve pain. Following a knee surgery to repair a torn ACL from a soccer injury, I developed surgical complications and gradually worsening chronic pain.”
As many chronic pain patients can attest, things didn’t get immediately better. Over three years, Leda had 2 knee surgeries and was on crutches for a total of 12 months trying to recover from the initial injury and the trauma from the surgeries.
“My diagnoses during this period included: patellar tendinitis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, complex regional pain syndrome, and synovitis. I saw many health care professionals: doctors, physical therapists, psychologists, and body workers and tried many self-care practices including exercises, meditation, dietary changes, and acupuncture and eventually found a path to healing.”
Her book is a series of stories that are, what she calls, “snapshots” of the days and moments I lived out over the course of the last year when the pain was at its worst.
“Some of them may be hard for you to read and others I hope will inspire laughter. I can promise you, though, that each story has come straight from my heart. My sincere wish is that you may take something away from my experience that helps you in your own healing journey.”
She’s finishing her pursuit of a Doctorate in physical therapy studies at Ohio University and hopes to practice in California.
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