Dan’s Story: From chronic back pain to whole-person transformation
Six months ago, I was lost in my pain.
It started in my right hip, and even after surgery and physical therapy it wouldn’t go away. Instead, it spread to my back and more of my body. I was living in constant fear, worried about every movement.
I did so many treatments and nothing worked. I started thinking that I was a medical mystery -not understanding put me in a very dark place. I just wanted to be myself again, that’s when I found Lin.
I worked with my coach to create a plan that fit my personality. We started with educational information, then somatic tracking, breathwork meditation, yoga, and building evidence lists. It was all very empowering.
I had previously tried some of this on my own, but with Tim’s guidance I had a breakthrough.
Lin shifted my perspective of chronic pain.
I had a lot of built-up stress, I lost all my healthy outlets because of my pain. New health issues would appear without going away.
My coach, Tim, helped me understand that my brain was trying to tell me that I was hurting, that something was wrong, and I wasn't dealing with things.
He helped me get to the point where I could understand that my body was fine and that my brain was the one that needed my attention.
Just six months ago, my world felt so small. Now, if something hurts, I know it’s gonna get better.
Thanks to Lin, I’m able to trace the origin of my pain and look back and see how my body was expressing stress through pain sensations. Knowing this helps me heal.
My Recovery Toolbox
- Favorite Neuroscience Fact: Motion is lotion - Your body is designed to move.
- Fear-busting thought: I go straight to my evidence list writing, jot down what I’ve been doing, how far I’ve come, and what might be upsetting me. This melts my fear & pain away.
- What I’ve put into my life in place of pain: Meditation, focusing on emotions. I used to label myself, mountain biker, swimmer, scientist, now I see myself not just through these labels but also as an emotional and spiritual person.