President and Editor-in-Chief

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.

 

Columnists

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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 a Facebook support group called Women in Pain Awareness. She also has a blog called A Pained Life. 

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

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

 

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

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

Barby Ingle lives with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), migralepsy and endometriosis. 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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Ellen Lenox Smith lives with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and sarcoidosis. Ellen has discovered the pain relieving benefits of medical marijuana, and now advocates for its use and acceptance, along with her husband, Stuart.

To learn more, visit their website by clicking here.

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Roger Chriss lives with Ehlers Danlos syndrome. He is a technical consultant in Washington state who specializes in mathematics and research.

Roger is a proud member of the Ehlers-Danlos Society.

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Janice Reynolds is a retired nurse who specialized in pain management, oncology and palliative care. She has lectured across the country on pain and co-authored several articles in peer reviewed medical journals. 

Janice has lived with persistent post craniotomy pain since 2009. 

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Margaret Aranda, MD, is an anesthesiologist who lives with dysautonomia and postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), as a result of car accident that changed her path in life to patient advocacy. Margaret is a board member of the Invisible Disabilities Association and has authored six books; the most recent is The Rebel Patient.

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A. Rahman Ford, PhD, is a lawyer and research professional who lives with chronic inflammation in his digestive tract. He is a graduate of Rutgers University and the Howard University School of Law, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Howard Law Journal.

Rahman has a strong interest in regenerative medicine and stem cell treatments.

Lana Barhum is a freelance medical writer, legal assistant and mother, who lives withrheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Lana uses her experiences to share expert advice on living successfully with chronic illness.

To learn more about Lana, visit her website.

Rochelle Odell has lived with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome for 25 years, along with fibromyalgia, multiple spinal conditions and asthma.

Rochelle is a long-time supporter of the American Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Association and is a patient advocate for the iPain Foundation.

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

In her "Miss Understood" column, Arlene looks at the many ways pain sufferers are often misunderstood by family, friends and doctors.

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

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Rebecca Fortelka is a freelance writer and web designer at www.rebeccafortelka.com.

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