Ace Young on Pain, Family and Caregiving

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It was on a Sunday, the day before Labor Day 1996, when Ace Young, now a Grammy award winner and American Idol star, received news that one of his older brothers had sustained severe injuries in a near-fatal car accident. Ryan Young, a healthy athlete who dreamed of playing professional basketball, broke his back in … Read more

Maya Angelou Chooses Joy

Maya Angelou Chooses Joy

While many people may define Maya Angelou, PhD, by her literary skill, humanitarianism and an extraordinary list of achievements, this author, poet, professor, mother and humanitarian is a straight-talker whose powerful words inspire people the world over. “Love heals. Heals and liberates” writes Dr. Maya Angelou in her most recent book, Mom and Me and Mom. … Read more

Paula Abdul Cover Story: Straight Up on RSD

Paula Abdul Cover Story: Straight Up on RSD

Grammy award-winning singer, performer and television star Paula Abdul has lived with chronic pain since she was injured as a cheerleader at 17, but it was not until November 2004 that she was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD), also known as complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), a sympathetic nervous system disorder. Abdul, a former American Idol judge, shares how she manages … Read more

Laura Hillenbrand Confronts Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Best-selling author Laura Hillenbrand confronts chronic fatigue syndrome by writing stories that inspire. People familiar with the agony and challenges of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) or anyone who suffers from or cares for someone in chronic pain can identify with author Laura Hillenbrand. Dismissed by doctors and unable to find relief, the acclaimed author of … Read more

Coach Mike Krzyzewski Refuses to Play the Pain Game

Coach Mike Krzyzewski Refuses to Play the Pain Game

To many people, he’s known simply as “Coach K.” Famous for his unparalleled successes as Duke University’s head basketball coach and as an Olympic coach for the United States men’s basketball team, Mike Krzyzewski is beloved by millions of sports fans around the world. But the adored sports icon also has personal experience with chronic pain, and … Read more