September 26, 2018
Don’t think once your Calmare treatments are over that you’ve heard the last from us. On the contrary, we hope you’ll stay in touch, ask questions and let us know how you’re doing.
Whenever we hear from a patient–on social media, phone or email–we are elated.
This week, Liz checked in a little less than a year after her second scrambler therapy booster treatments.
Liz first came to us here in New Jersey for treatment in 2014 after a CRPS diagnosis as a result of a basketball injury.
You can read her chronic pain story here.
She generously allowed us to share her update, sent to us this week, about her life and her health:
Hello to the NJ Calmare Therapy Crew,
It’s been a little under a year since we last made the trek from the midwest to Rutherford, NJ for my second booster treatment, and a lot has changed for me since then, in large part thanks to your team.
It’s not lost on me that if you had told me a little over four years ago where I’d be today, I would have shaken my head in disbelief.
When I first arrived at your clinic in November 2014, you all did more than perform a disappearing act on pain that had been my constant companion for over a year.
Up until that point, I had fully accepted CRPS was going to claim unyielding ownership over my life—my academic career, my physical health, my social life, my happiness.
It felt like everything was deteriorating so quickly, and I was on the verge of completely losing my mind.
Then you showed up in a random google search, and I’ll be honest, your treatment sounded too good to be true. I was truly torn between being desperate enough to try anything– and the fear of being conned.
Believe it or not, while I’d drawn up a list of pros and cons, I decided to flip a coin on the decision to take the risk and go, or pursue other forms of treatment more locally.
Interestingly enough, as a broke college freshman at the time, I didn’t even have a dime to flip. So I drew an X on a Cheez-It and flipped that instead.
I truly believe God may have tipped the cracker in the right direction, because that fateful snack led me halfway across the country to your office, where you all gave me my life back and more, empowering and inspiring me to begin pursuing a career in the healthcare industry.
I finished my undergraduate degree (a BS in Exercise Science) and graduated in early May, then turned right around and began my graduate adventure in the Medical Center’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program a few weeks later.
I’m in class full-time during the week, but still make time to volunteer at the large/exotic cat sanctuary regularly.
I’m able to live the life I never would have thought possible when I graduated high school, but I never take a single second of it for granted.
I just wanted to drop you a note so that when the daily battle against the various forms of chronic pain becomes difficult, you can be reminded that you are making a huge difference in the lives of many.
The work you do matters.
My family and I are forever indebted to how you helped us find peace from a problem we were braced to deal with for a lifetime.
I hope you are all doing well, and trying to enjoy summer’s last stand before the cooler weather arrives for good.