OIC Participants

Casey Cashman is a lively, optimistic 33-year-old whose charismatic personality belies the struggles she faces with three chronic pain disorders. Surgery gone wrong: reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) Casey’s pain journey began in 2008 with foot surgery gone wrong. An initial surgery fixed a neuroma but six months later, her pain returned. A subsequent exploratory procedure was supposed to provide relief; instead, it caused electrifying and unrelenting pain. For weeks afterward, Casey experienced an ever-growing list of symptoms—she was eventually diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). Read More

Casey Cashman
Casey Cashman

Ellen Smith is living with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS), a progressive degenerative connective tissue disorder characterized by joint hypermobility, skin extensibility, and tissue fragility. Ellen’s case is severe, and has worsened in the past year. Her pain significantly increases throughout the day, and on bad days her mind becomes foggy.... Read More >

Michele Rice was a passionate teacher who flourished in the classroom and loved her fourth-grade students. But in September 2000, a workplace fall changed everything. She began a long journey that led first to despair, then to acceptance and hope.... Read More >

Michele Rice
Michele Rice

Dennis Kinch lives by the motto, “Do what you can, when you can.” These seven words have carried him through hardships and triumphs. In 2005-2006, they even spearheaded his crusade to walk the entire Route 66 to raise awareness about chronic pain.... Read More >

Dennis Kinch
Dennis Kinch

Julian Phillips has battled chronic pain for over 30 years. In his early 20s, Julian was athletic and active. He enjoyed weekly water polo games with friends in his hometown of London, but after his right ring finger snapped backward while he was defending the goal during a match, his life changed. The pain from his injury did not go away, and after treatments and multiple surgeries, he opted to have his finger amputated. Four months later the pain spread to his little finger. He had developed reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD). RSD causes the nerves in the body to misfire sending constant pain signals to the brain.... Read More >

Jullian Phillips
Jullian Phillips

On June 11, 2006, Michaela O’Connor experienced an extreme, sudden pain along the right side of her face. Being only 19 years old and just about to complete her first year of college, she thought it would subside. It did not. Three months later, doctors diagnosed her with tic douloureux, more commonly known as trigeminal neuralgia (TN).... Read More >

Michaela O’Connor
Michaela O’Connor