Welcome to Still Pain, a place of hope, determination, love and life.
I’m Kymberly Fergusson, but please just call me Kym. I’m a chronic pain, illness and PTSD manager, who hates the word ‘sufferer‘, and thinks ‘survivor‘ doesn’t have enough life in it.
You’ll find posts here about struggles and triumphs over chronic illness and PTSD, my own and others’ stories, personal development tips and tricks, as well as informative articles about specific health issues and treatments.
Note: I am not a doctor or physical therapist. Please see your doctor to identify the actual cause of your pain, and determine which treatments are appropriate for you. I do not take responsibility for the outcomes of any action you take based on information from this site.
Still is a word that defines chronic pain in many more ways than just the adverb meaning ‘from the past and into the future’.
Still is quiet, peaceful, at rest, calm, subdued, and even is a synonym for ‘and yet’, ‘even though’, and ‘nonetheless’.
I publish posts every month or so, as my energy allows. I seek to be helpful and research everything thoroughly, so if there’s a topic you’d like covered, please do let me know!
Feel free to browse the archives or follow along using RSS. I’d love you to join me in my search for better management techniques to reduce pain and improve life.
My journey to manage pain
Throughout my life, I’ve suffered from many different chronic illnesses.
Some were directly caused by the 14 years of daily sexual abuse perpetrated by my father (constant bladder infections, kidney damage, depression, cPTSD).
Others were indirectly caused by it (fibromyalgia and its many painful secondary symptoms).
And still a few more are unrelated (endometriosis, adenomyosis, lipedema, lymphedema, spondyloarthritis and enthesitis).
I haven’t recovered completely from anything yet, but I am managing day by day, always striving to improve and enjoy my life. And attend tons of therapy and doctor appointments!
I love cats, tea, coffee, good food, walks through forests and hills where I can’t hear any cars.
I have more hobbies than I have time or energy – sewing, crafting, gardening, photography, reading, writing, anime, cooking, music (listening and playing), and gaming.
Originally from Melbourne, Australia, I moved to Japan and was in Fukushima during the earthquake. The train I was on was luckily at a station, but still at risk of falling over, off the tracks!
I then moved to Leipzig, Germany, and now Villingen-Schwenningen, and am trying to rebuild my medical support network in a system that is very different to Australia.
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