A native of Connecticut, Sarah Anne Shockley is a multiple award winning producer and director of educational films, including Dancing From the Inside Out, a highly acclaimed documentary on disabled dance. She has traveled extensively for business and pleasure. She holds an MBA in International Marketing and has worked in high-tech management, as a corporate trainer, and teaching undergraduate and graduate business administration. As the result of a work related injury in the Fall of 2007, Sarah contracted Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) and has lived with debilitating nerve pain since then. She is a regular columnist for Pain News Network, and currently resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her son.
Why do you write about pain?
Most of the books I have run across on chronic pain are written by practitioners and address pain almost exclusively on a physical level, suggesting physical manipulations or exercises to manage or reduce pain. These have their place, of course, but what I want to offer with my books is the perspective of someone who has been living with and dealing with pain day in and day out for a number of years, an insider’s view, so to speak. I also wanted to address the many emotional and psychological challenges and stresses that people in pain face every day that practitioners may not be aware of or equipped to offer advice about, understandably.
What is your experience with chronic pain?
In the fall of 2007, I developed Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) due to prolonged non-ergonomic computer use. Simply put, the area between my collarbones and first ribs collapsed, severely compressing the space to less than 20% of its normal width on both sides of my body. This compression squeezed a major artery, veins, nerve ganglia, and the large scalene muscles running down from the neck to the first ribs, all of which must fit through this relatively small space. This caused severe nerve pain which I have lived with ever since.
Messages of hope and renewal for people in chronic pain. The Light in the Center of Pain is a collection of essays based on popular posts from The Pain Companion Blog. Both philosophical and practical in nature, they provide insights, meditations, and sage advice on living with chronic pain.
30 brief, inspiring daily readings with suggestions and insights to relieve the emotional and spiritual stresses of living with chronic pain. Beautiful color images. Based on the author's popular book, Living Better While Living With Pain.
Beginning with a discussion of the ways in which chronic pain is experienced differently from short-term pain, Living Better While Living With Pain offers useful suggestions for approaches to pain management and pain reduction specifically for chronic pain sufferers including 21 practical tips for creating more ease, comfort, and resiliency right now. Updated 2017.