City & state: Modesto, CA
Age: 38 years old
Pain warrior role: U.S. Pain Ambassador since 2016
What type of health conditions you live with: Reflex sympathetic dystrophy/complex regional pain syndrome, chronic back pain, migraines, depression, and anxiety
What is your favorite tip for others with chronic pain: “The most important lesson I have learned about pain is to not let my pain define me. You have to get to know your pain: give it a name, learn to understand it, and become familiar with what increases or decreases it. Mourn who you were before the pain so that you can fully embrace the newly transformed version of yourself. Life doesn’t end with the start of pain. Find an amazing support group to lean on and learn to accept help. You may not be able to do all the things you once could, but with help you may find new ways to do old activities or find new activities you never would have imagine before. You are stronger than you realize so define your pain, but don’t let it define you!”
What’s a fun fact about you: “I am a passionate baker. I am a mom, wife, and friend who enjoys time in the kitchen with any and all of my loves. Having my boys by my side in the kitchen makes my momma heart swell with so much joy and pride. Pain or no pain, the kitchen is my happy place”.
Breanne played a large role on the Pain Awareness Month (PAM) committee, working on everything from proclamations to Light Up the Landmark locations. Her passion and her drive have made her an irreplaceable member of the PAM team and an asset to the organization.