Mandy and I initially met in 2014 when she sent me an email. Ping, in my inbox just like that!
Mandy sent a most inspiring filled message. Aside from her appreciation, Mandy expressed ideas – that caught my attention!
At the time I was a bit swamped and had to take a step back from advocacy as I was on the brink of my big life change from city to seaside. Mandy and I reconnected again via PainTrain and now she's on the PainTrain Advisory Board – what more could I have asked for for my patient-driven resource?!
Mandy has a PhD in science and professional experience spanning academia, grant writing, strategic planning and stakeholder engagement in the community health and not-for-profit sector. Together with her lived experience of chronic pain she makes a pretty inspiring friend and advocacy ally.
Look out, here we come!
In my chat with Mandy we talk about:
00:49 Mandy's story
2:30 Painful intros
5:56 Turning point 1 – Not just about me
8:05 Turning point 2 – Ability to relearn