Pat Anson is an award winning journalist who has worked as a reporter, producer, writer, and anchor at TV and radio stations in Ohio, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Iowa, and Los Angeles. He was a producer and correspondent for Nightly Business Report and HealthWeek on PBS, as well as other nationally syndicated shows.



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Carol Jay Levy has lived with trigeminal neuralgia, a chronic facial pain disorder, for over 30 years. She is the author of “A Pained Life, A Chronic Pain Journey.”

Carol is the founder of the Facebook support group “Women in Pain Awareness”. She also has a blog called "A Pained Life."


Crystal Lindell is journalist who lives in Illinois. She loves Taco Bell, watching “Burn Notice” episodes on Netflix and Snicker’s Bites. She has had intercostal neuralgia since February 2013.

Crystal has a blog called, The Only Certainty is Bad Grammar.”


Arlene Grau is a young mother who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, migraine, vasculitis, and Sjogren’s disease.

In her "Miss Understood" column, Arlene writes about the many ways chronic pain sufferers are misunderstood by their families, friends and doctors.

Jennifer Martin, PsyD, is a licensed psychologist in Newport Beach, California who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis and ulcerative colitis. In her blog “Your Color Looks Good” Jennifer writes about the psychological aspects of dealing with chronic pain and illness.

Jennifer has a Facebook page dedicated to providing support to people with chronic pain.


Ellen Lenox Smith suffers from Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and sarcoidosis. Several years ago Ellen discovered the pain relieving benefits of medical marijuana and now advocates for its use and acceptance, along with her husband Stuart.

To find more information about medical marijuana, visit their website by clicking here.

Barby Ingle suffers from Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) and endometreosis. She is a chronic pain educator, patient advocate, motivational speaker, best-selling author, and president of the International Pain Foundation (iPain).

More information about Barby can be found by clicking here.

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Pat Akerberg suffers from trigeminal neuralgia. Pat is a member of the TNA Facial Pain Association and is a supporter of the Trigeminal Neuralgia Research Foundation. Pat has an extensive background as an organizational effectiveness and communications consultant, and has coached and developed top executives. 

Jennifer Kain Kilgore has chronic back and neck pain after two car accidents. Jennifer is an an attorney editor for both and the Association of International Law Firm Networks.

You can read more about Jennifer on her blog, Wear, Tear, & Care.  

Emily Ullrich suffers from Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), Sphincter of Oddi Dysfunction, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Endometriosis, migraines, fibromyalgia, chronic pancreatitis and several other chronic pain conditions.

Emily focuses on patient advocacy for the International Pain Foundation.

Sarah Anne Shockley suffers from Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, a painful condition that affects the nerves and arteries in the upper chest. Sarah is the author of The Pain Companion: Everyday Wisdom for Living With and Moving Beyond Chronic Pain.

Sarah also writes for her blog, The Pain Companion.

Lana Barhum is a freelance medical writer, patient advocate, legal assistant and mother. Having lived with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia since 2008, Lana uses her experiences to share expert advice on living successfully with chronic illness.

To learn more about Lana, visit her website.


Rebecca Fortelka is a freelance writer and web designer at

Rebecca has several chronic pain conditions, including Cerebral Palsy and Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, along with many food and environmental allergies. Rebecca is also a guest editor and board member of AXIS Dance Company in Oakland CA. When she is not volunteering, Rebecca loves to watch documentaries and TED Talks.