2018-Present: Founder, Intractable Pain Collective
Writer and Political Activist.
Freelance math and science tutor: K-12 and college
Pittsburg State University - General education requirements; Humanities and Mathematics Writing Intensive (WI) coursework, 1996-1998
University of Kansas - Molecular Biotechnology, B.S., 1999-2001
More about me:
After sustaining a catastrophic spinal cord injury requiring emergency surgical decompression on August 12, 2012, I have dedicated most of my time to researching (my) rare and severely painful spinal disease: Chronic Cauda Equina Syndrome (complete) with Neurogenic Bladder and Bowel. I've had three major spine surgeries to date; the last operation in November 2018 only exacerbated my preexisting failed back surgery syndrome (a condition also referred to as post-laminectomy syndrome). I'm an aggressive advocate for individualized, mandatory medical treatment for intractable pain caused by complex, disabling, incurable, and/or terminal diseases. Truth and empirical evidence-based science must inform public policy.
The pendulum has swung too far in the other direction, so we need to link arms right now and do everything in our power to end the War on Pain. We must demand the CDC's Opioid Policy Research Advisory Committee testify before a Congressional Hearing. On the heels of thorough criticism from the AMA and, most importantly, in the draft final report of the HHS Pain Task Force Recommendations, a mea culpa in the NEJM is wholly inadequate. We deserve answers for their inhumane, adversarial position against access to effective patient-directed medical treatment focusing on optimizing the quality of life for critically ill and injured patients suffering from intractable pain.
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