City & state: Green Bay, WI

Age: 40

Pain warrior role: U.S. Pain advocate since July 2014

What type of health conditions you live with: Vestibular migraine, cluster headaches, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis

What is your favorite tip for others with chronic pain: “It’s important for me to show my children that living with chronic illnesses and pain does not mean you can’t lead a good life. Every morning I wake up believing it’s going to be a productive and great day. Even if my body limits me from doing certain activities, I’m proud of the fact that I tried my best despite whatever obstacles I faced.”

What’s a fun fact about you: “I became an author because of The Twilight Saga. After watching New Moon, I read the rest of the books from the series only to become furious over the way the story ended. I immediately began writing and in 2010 decided to publish the first of three romance novels. I guess you could say if it wasn’t for Stephenie Meyer choosing the wrong guy for her heroine Bella Swan, I might not have had the motivation to write my own stories or end up becoming a #1 bestselling author.”

JP Summers is a pillar of strength. Despite challenges in her life, JP has found her advocacy voice through her writing and appearing on various social media platforms. In an effort to inspire others with chronic conditions e, JP shares her experiences and life lessons in her blog titled ”Adventures of a Spoonie Mom.” JP has participated in Pain Awareness Month and Beautify in Blue the past several years. She was featured in the 2015 edition of the INvisible Project. JP also has attended Headache on the Hill on behalf of U.S. Pain Foundation, accompanied by her son Colton, who also lives with chronic migraines.

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