Arthritis Life

Can you Live a Full Life with Pain?

Episode Summary

Dr. Bronnie Lennox Thomspon shares her unique lens as a long term chronic pain patient, world renowned pain specialist and occupational therapist. She discusses how she integrates ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) into her personal life and practice as an occupational therapist. She and Cheryl explore how people can life a full life despite pain.

Episode Notes

Cheryl & Bronnie are both occupational therapists who live with chronically painful conditions. In this episode, Bronnie shares her unique perspective on how one pursue a full life *despite* pain, rather than seeking solely to eliminate pain. This episode is a must listen for both patients and practitioners.

Medical disclaimer: 

All content found on Arthritis Life public channels was created for generalized informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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Speaker Bios:

Dr. Bronnie Lennox Thompson is a pain specialist, clinical instructor, and occupational therapist who lives with chronic pain from fibromyalgia.  She has a passion to help people experiencing chronic health problems achieve their potential. She has worked for 20 years in the field of chronic pain management, helping people develop “self management” skills. Bronnie completed her Masters in Psychology in 1999, and recently earned her Doctorate in Psychology in the mid 2010s. 

Cheryl Crow has lived with rheumatoid arthritis for seventeen years and has been an occupational therapist for seven. After originally working in pediatrics, Cheryl formed the online education and empowerment company Arthritis Life to fill a need for accessible, engaging patient education and self-management resources. 

This interview was conducted on May 17, 2020.

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