Meet new member Victoria Stoop
Loves hiking, running, camping, and soccer.
My first book, Hurting Like Hell, Living with Gusto: My Battle with Chronic Pain, tells the story of my life as a young athlete who was injured while working as an emergency medical technician. The injury set off a series of catastrophic health problems and became the catalyst for a decade of chronic pain. In the book, I write about fighting to remain active and athletic while working within the parameters of chronic pain. In addition to the book, my writing has appeared in various newspapers and magazines and on several websites. I was a full-time journalist in Atlanta before moving back home to Florida and starting a career in healthcare. My essays have been published in multiple anthologies, and I was a 2017 recipient of a Wildacres residency. I live in Pensacola.
?Tuesday morning, I spent an hour with a neurologist trying to figure out why I kept tripping over my feet. He pushed and pulled on my legs, whacked me with a reflex hammer and shone a light so deep into my eyes I thought it might illuminate the wall behind my head. That afternoon, I drove home and ordered a new backpacking tent.?
Pain is an unforgiving equalizer?forget social status, race or gender. For people suffering from chronic pain, ?real life? can get lost among endless appointments, diagnoses, prescriptions and medical bills. Living a life beyond mere survival becomes as big a battle as fighting the pain itself.
Drawing on her experiences as both a patient and a health-care professional, the author candidly describes her sudden transition from a healthy, active lifestyle to years of learning to live with debilitating pain.
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