Casey Morris was the winner of our contest last month held during RSD/CRPS Doesn’t Own Me’s One Year Anniversary Week. I interviewed her to hear her story.
Posted by Christa Azbell on Monday, September 20, 2010.
Casey Morris is a 26 year old female from Columbus, OH
The doctors believe that Casey having RSD is the result of one of a number of knee surgeries she had over her life. The knee surgeries were a result of an injury she endured while playing soccer. Casey was a soccer player most of her childhood and early adult life, and was talented enough to receive a scholarship to playDivision I soccer at a university in Ohio. According to her she literally ate, slept, and breathed soccer for 18 years. She injured her knee and as a result had three ACL reconstruction surgeries, and several surgeries removing torn cartilage from her knee joint. She was diagnosed with RSD in July 2009, and considers herself new to the RSD world. She was diagnosed with RSD in her right knee with it spreading down to the foot.
Casey had to see over four Doctors before she was diagnosed. Since developing RSD she has had six nerve block injections, and has gone through Physical Therapy, and Psychotherapy. In addition, she has taken numerous Medicines in an attempt to control the symptoms of RSD. She was given a TENS Unit and also had to have an EMG Test. She has been recommended that she move onto Spinal Cord Stimulation but she is still discussing the repercussions with her family.
Since her diagnosis a year ago, she has not held a job until just recently. This was due to her severe pain and the physical limitations she experienced because of RSD. Currently she is trying to work just a few hours a day to help her husband with some of the financial burden that her RSD entails. At her job, currently, she tries to take it one step at a time.
She obtained her bachelors degree and is only just one semester away from finishing her masters degree in Teaching English as A Second Language. One of the scariest parts of having RSD and her biggest fear is that she may never be able to physically do her passion, Teaching, that she has invested so much time and money.
Before she was diagnosed family and friends of Casey had never even heard of RSD, and when she explained it, most of them were confused due to its complexity. Usually she tries to not let RSD define herself to others, but it has changed nearly every relationship in her life. It wasn’t until she was faced with something as challenging as RSD that she learned how important the people around her were and that it was alright to ask for patience and understanding from them. She told us that she feels very blessed to have family and friends who try to understand. “They listen and most importantly validate my pain.”
Sadly, Casey has had to redefine almost every aspect of her life since she was diagnosed with RSD. Dealing with and managing her pain consumes a lot of her time and money. Despite this, she began to retrain her thinking process and try not to concentrate on what has been taken from her but to focus on what she still has and what she can still do. She had to change her lifestyle from being an active young athlete to becoming a fan on the sidelines cheering. Also, she had to redefine her expectations and goals for the future, because the path she was going down suddenly became completely different. One of her recent goals is to spread awareness about RSD/CRPS; therefore, “having the opportunity to participate in this article is a true gift,”she added.
When asked if she felt stronger or weaker because of her RSD she answered: “In some ways I am stronger and in others I am weaker. It took me a while to deal with the fact that I would never play soccer again, but going through all this has made me realize that this was just one element of my life. As long as I have my family and I am actively fighting for healing and relief then I will always be strong. Anyways, it takes one strong person to bare the pain RSD/CRPS inflicts, and I do just that every second of every day.”Learning more about Casey reminds me and I hope you also that we aren’t alone in our struggles. We all have a story to tell. Be it happy or sad, tragic or hopefilled, it spreads awareness. And for every person who knows about RSD/CRPS that puts us one step closer to hope of a cure and relief!
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Share and Make Aware! Make it your life goal to tell anyone you know about RSD/CRPS do not be ashamed, you never know who you may help. The sooner RSD/CRPS is diagnosed the more likely you will go into remission!