Location: Denver, CO
Age: 64 years young
Pain Warrior Role: U.S. Pain advocate/ambassador since 2018 and a member of the Disparities Solutions Advisory Council
Pain Conditions: Degenerative arthritis of the spine, osteoarthritis, and neuropathy
Tip for pain warriors: “Movement is key- know your limits and move within them! Movement has been my best medicine once I was healed enough to start walking again. Although any impact causes discomfort, I recognize when I move, the blood flow allows my pain to subside. Pre-Covid, water aerobics was my exercise of choice for two hours of pure physical, mental, and spiritual rejuvenation!”
Fun fact about me: “I am a poet/voiceover talent and I love to sing!”
Linda Shaw has been using her voice to create awareness and positive change in the chronic pain community for many years. In 2019, she was featured in the INvisible Project’s Osteoarthritis and Chronic Low Back Pain, 2nd Edition, sharing her journey since her pain began. In 2020, she took part in U.S. Pain’s virtual advocacy training series, was a panelist for a webinar during Pain Awareness Month: “My Pain Journey: Four patients share their experience with multidisciplinary care,” and she recently became a member of U.S. Pain’s Disparities Solutions Advisory Council. Linda also has written a book about the role chronic pain has played in her life and the tools she uses to provide her relief, including her faith.