/Tag: advocacy

It’s Been a While… So How am I?

By |2019-10-11T11:40:16+11:00October 6th, 2019|Blog, Living|

Being resourceful is what makes the difference — it is so hard working life out. But Theo and do it. We burrow down and we make it happen. There's no choice... or rather there was but I didn't want a fulltime WorkSafe paycheck. Of course, I think about that. And of course, I often call myself stupid for declining it – I was safe! I had that full-time paycheck for the rest of my life. But creativity and sharing the day with Theo is so precious to both of us. Even with the complexities and risks, it appears to be the only way Theo and I can live. For this, I am grateful! So I'll stop complaining now and go on with what I've been doing and what I am achieving. It's all good! I'm moving. Life is in forward motion after being so still for so long – a decade at least!

«Χρόνιος πόνος: η ύπουλη ασθένεια που κλέβει τη ζωή χιλιάδων ανθρώπων»

By |2019-09-26T17:14:15+11:00September 26th, 2019|Advocacy, Blog, Online, Pain Train|

(Excerpt from Neos Kosmos feature story, Chronic pain: the treacherous disease that steals the lives of thousands, MAΡΙΑ ΚΑΜΠΥΛH 25 September 2019) Η συγκλονιστική συνέντευξη – κατάθεση ψυχής της ομογενούς Σούλας Μανταλβάνου, που διαφωτίζει και δίνει ελπίδα σε όσους υποφέρουν από [...]

My GPADD18 Presentation

By |2018-09-28T10:58:06+11:00August 12th, 2018|Advocacy, Events|

I'll deem my efforts a success. I managed. I learned a bundle. I made something of the chronic pain experience. And I believe I provided some insight. I arrived at Yarra Valley Lodge on Thursday night and left Sunday early morning to manage the presentation, question time and a short attendance at the dinner on Saturday evening. So that's 3 night's sleep (and one nap Saturday afternoon) to get the focus I needed, and so I could appear in a way that I felt reflected my most Soula self. The presentation (below) took weeeeeeeeks to put together! Something that would have taken me a few short days previously. That might sound alot of sacrifice to many of you but with this approach, my pain levels remained low (if not off) and on my return to Queenscliff, I could resume my part time work and the week ahead as per normal. It worked, I'm pacing up! I do have a niggle though. We're not learning fast enough. We're not listening hard enough. I left disappointed I hadn't achieved enough.

Managing chronic pain: Different approaches to a complex issue

By |2018-07-26T16:54:50+11:00July 26th, 2018|Advocacy, Blog, Online|

(Article from the RACGP website)  Neelima Choahan  26/07/2018 11:36:34 AM Chronic pain affects one in five Australians. newsGP spoke with a patient and a GP about some of the best ways to tackle the situation. Soula Mantalvanos, who has lived with chronic pain [...]

Craig’s Table

By |2018-02-26T16:10:34+11:00February 26th, 2018|Work / System, Workcover|

Australian employers and injured workers, here comes your new workers’ compensation system, Craig’s Table! And a very beautiful supportive human that I’m proud to call a friend (and huge support during my battles), Rosemary McKenzie Ferguson is the [...]