At Pain Revolution, we're very proud of the diversity of the team that runs our three core activities - the Rural Outreach Ride, the Brain Bus and Local Pain Educator Program. Ellyn was a critically important consumer voice on our panel discussion about pain treatment in Canberra, as part of the 2018 Rural Outreach Ride. You can read her story below.
Ellyn joins Angie Clerc-Hawke, forming a dynamic duo working to grow the Local Pain Educator Program in rural Australia. Welcome to the team, Ellyn!
I am a student dietitian, experimental cook, chronic pain manager, backyard gardener, enthusiastic volunteer and mountain climber.
My journey with fibromyalgia and endometriosis over the past ~21 and ~4 years respectively, has taught me a lot about listening to my body and the interplay between mindset and physical experience.
My parents and grandparents have been incredible role models throughout my life in demonstrating the role of preventative health measures in their management of fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis and type 1 diabetes.
I am forever grateful for these role models who paved the groundwork behaviours for me to grow from throughout my childhood and teenage years and now I hope to empower others in their own health management.
My undergraduate studies in Medical Science at the ANU quenched my thirst for more understanding about the human body and provided me with a solid platform to refine my focus into dietetics.
My passion is food, from the growing to the cooking and eating and all the interactions with the body. After completing a graduate certificate in Human Nutrition at Deakin University I began embarking on a Masters of Dietetics at the University of Canberra which I am set to complete in 2019.
After 6 months of placement, I will be a qualified Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD) planning to work across the Snowy Valley & Riverina Region as well as maintaining some work in Canberra.
With my experience and interest in pain management methods and the interplay with other chronic health conditions, I hope to work with multidisciplinary teams to be a supportive and approachable dietitian for individuals managing persisting pain.
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