Chronic Pain — 04 October 2013

By Pat Anson, Editor

Professional athletes have coaches. So do actors, business people and investors. Even England’s King George VI had a coach – a voice coach who taught him how to overcome his fear of public speaking.

“Most of them are in a really dark place, a really sad place,” says Becky Curtis, who knows from personal experience what that dark place is like. In 2005, she was left partially paralyzed and in chronic pain after a car accident on a remote Montana road nearly killed her.

“I went to a pain clinic, where I learned there were some really good positive things that I could do to affect my experience of pain. Not have done to me, but to do. By the time I was six months out from the pain clinic I was able to get off my medications. And it was from there I wanted to spend the rest of my life helping people with chronic pain.”

Curtis is a pioneer in the nascent field of chronic pain coaching. In 2008, she founded Take Courage Coaching in Bozeman, Montana, where she counsels, advises and motivates pain patients around the country. Weekly counseling sessions by phone helps clients end the isolation and self-doubt that often exacerbates their pain.

Read more at National Pain Report.

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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

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