//My treatment

I Turned a Corner

By |2018-06-03T11:07:03+00:00May 27th, 2018|About, Blog, Learn, My treatment, Personal resources|

Theo and I continue to establish our new life in Queenscliff and are enjoying the many wonderful new aspects of our new lifestyle. We're also learning to manage the sacrifices. It makes me feel I've turned a corner. Home Then Actually, a couple of weeks ago, I literally did turn a corner. After staying in Melbourne for a special family lunch, during the evening we also managed to catch up with old friends on our old pavement. I kind of felt a little emotional pang when I turned into the city end of Gertrude Street and saw the magnolias enjoying the Autumn evening light and the little drizzle that was beginning. Very steadily pacing my drinks, the night saw us hop around our old favorite spots. The life turn happened when I stepped out of the Everleigh and instead of turning right to head 'home', Theo and I turned left to head to a city hotel. We were going to sleep at this hotel, wake up in the morning and return to Queenscliff. Theo had to work... Sunday. I don't often have overwhelming emotional moments. I really deal with life's activities quite well. I mean, who would I think I was expecting a perfect life run, right? 'Suck it up!' But this was one of those overwhelming emotional moments and it was damn hard. I knew what it was. I knew that overdue moment since we left 'home' had finally caught up with me. I fully comprehended that we had said goodbye, and life had moved us on. I lapped up every step away from my previous home as the rain fell on/off and the concrete took in all the glittery, yellow, autumn Melbourne evening lights. I bid abiento to each magnolia as I walked up the street. I also lapped up the arms that were around me and the huge hug that Theo and I stopped to have to mark our moment. Home Now

Upcoming Appointment with my Pain Specialist

By |2017-12-17T12:37:25+00:00October 5th, 2017|Blog, Help, Manage, My treatment, Pain Train, Professional|

In just a few days I will be seeing Dr Christelis. I’ve had one follow up appointment since my sacral stim implant. It’s not that the stim has miraculously sorted my chronic pain issue, and not that I haven’t had [...]

Video: Why I Made Pain Train

By |2017-12-17T12:37:25+00:00August 14th, 2017|About, Help, My treatment, Pain Train, Personal|

Soula shares her frustration with pain management and how it lead her to founding Pain Train. In this short video Soula also provides her insight on how people experience pain as well as the personal difficulties she faced communicating her [...]

Self Management: Acceptance, Commitment & Sacrifice

By |2017-12-11T11:16:26+00:00July 22nd, 2017|Blog, Living, Manage, My treatment|

(Image: Written Within* by Elizabeth Banfield hand burnished linocut, kozo tissue, thread ©2017) My sacral stim and I have known each other for a full 17 months now, so I felt it was the right time to make some comments and reflect, [...]

ADF campaign: Losing Yourself in Pain Medication

By |2017-12-11T09:16:54+00:00March 12th, 2017|About, Advocacy, Blog, My treatment, Online|

The Alcohol & Drug Foundation (ADF) has been working to enhance awareness about the way Australians consume pain killers. My understanding of the campaign is that the ADF in no way suggests pain killers are not necessary - many Australians require their [...]

Who am I going to be – Soula ‘a’, ‘b’ or ‘c’?

By |2016-06-12T21:54:35+00:00June 12th, 2016|Living, My treatment|

My new stim’s changed everything. I’m grateful. Can you imagine if the whole process (from trial to permanent implant) hadn’t change anything? In addition to the stim changing everything, I’m living a whole new life that Theo and I attempted [...]