Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia’s Melbourne launch

By | 2017-12-11T15:12:07+00:00 March 25th, 2015|Advocacy, Blog, Help, Professional|

I was thrilled to be invited to The Pelvic Pain Foundation of Australia (PPFA)'s Melbourne launch last night. I originally met Dr Susan Evans when I was invited to present my patient story at AIM Pain 2014. I had cyber met Dr Evans prior, asking if I could include her details on this website, in fact I've 'e-met' many pain professionals this way. I never dreamt that one day they may all be in the one room together, all of us advocating for pelvic pain and helping start up a National organisation that addresses pelvic pain for women AND MEN. Needless to say, last night I went on a magic carpet ride!

Intermission, my solo exhibition in Hobart

By | 2017-12-11T16:35:05+00:00 February 27th, 2015|About, Blog, Creativity, Events, Feature|

It’s my PN anniversary, eight years (if I don’t subtract the 4.5 years it took me to find out it was in fact PN)! Obviously time brings on reflection which in turn invites the ‘melancholies’ (yes, I did just make [...]

Permission granted and now it’s back to reality!

By | 2017-12-15T15:51:18+00:00 January 12th, 2015|Blog, Living|

Permission granted and now it's back to reality! Or is it possible I never really left my reality? As if anyone can leave chronic pain behind and really have time off! I'm going to post my brain's two conflicting versions: 1. Crap thinking out-of-the-way first version..

Pain Train – Patient health profiling

By | 2017-12-17T12:37:25+00:00 January 12th, 2015|Blog, Help, Manage, Pain Train, Professional|

About Pain Train — where it came from and why it works Download this information in pdf format Our mission Pain Train’s mission is to enable patients with chronic pain to record and store all relevant information about their pain, [...]

‘The Hurting Strings’ wins International Film Festival Reel Health Award 2014

By | 2017-12-11T16:40:26+00:00 October 22nd, 2014|Advocacy, Blog, Events, Film, Online, The Hurting Strings|

I must sound like a broken record by now, but once again, I am left bewildered by my chronic pain journey and the contrasting experiences that go from excruciating pain to exhilaration. Above all, I feel incredibly privileged at the opportunities presented to me and so happy to be able to help others by communicating my story. I could not have done this without Theo, my family and of course Peter Lamont and Jacinta Cashen.

Semi Finalist for the Doug Moran National Portrait Prize 2014

By | 2017-12-11T13:40:37+00:00 October 15th, 2014|Blog, Creativity|

Very chuffed to be selected as a semi finalist regardless of the outcome. The portrait was flown up to Sydney for a second round of judging. She didn't make the final cut of 30 finalists but I feel so content that Ms Soula is going to great lengths to create awareness for invisible pain.

Committment, sacrifice and granting myself the right permissions

By | 2017-12-11T15:29:09+00:00 September 21st, 2014|About, Blog, Living, My treatment|

Last week, I attended my last acupuncture appointment and for the first time in over seven years, am therapist free. Hang on, I have to just repeat that: I am therapist free Did I ever think this day would come? Of course I did and I believe that's why I am here. I have had my moments, but what I didn't realise through all that heat and whilst pacing like a snail, was that each flare up and pain episode was actually not an indication that pain was here to stay, but rather that it was actually beginning to leave. Although just a difference of minutes initially, eventually I felt the flare ups spreading further apart. And with recognising that change and NOT increasing my capacity past a snail's shell weight, I began to make progress.

Cathartic collage, my self portraits for sale

By | 2016-05-15T21:05:07+00:00 August 9th, 2014|About, Blog, Creativity|

Collage has been a little more therapeutic for me than my usual art forms. I think it must have been finding a technique that I could manage and one that didn't add to the fatigue and pain. Cutting small pieces of paper and glueing, drawing, attaching was just so light and easy. The painting of small pieces of paper and the careful ripping and tearing was like rocking. So gentle, so calming and at the same time feeling like I was handling my pain, expressing it and getting it out of my body and onto the art piece. ... Contact me if you want to purchase my artwork, these are the original pieces, no printouts will be sold. Paypal or Direct deposit available. Will post safely and securely free within Australia (plus postage outside of Australia).