Looks like this feature will be a little more than just one a week, but our next Ninja of the Week is Caroline Combemale, a 16 year old, freshman at Mount Holyoke College. She also lives with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
My favorite motivational song is probably Here I Go Again
My favorite movie is The Dark Knight
My favorite book...hmm...that's a tough one!! I don't really have a favorite
Favorite inspiring quote is “Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible’!” ~Audrey Hepburn
For fun, I knit (when my fingers allow me to!), listen to music, play guitar & piano (again, on good days), watch movies and hangout with my friends.
3 interesting facts. I'm from Europe, I have a service guinea pig and on weekends, I teach a boy with autism how to swim.
I developed CRPS as a surprise...I may have been born with it, if that's possible. I don't know. I've had symptoms my whole life and I was finally diagnosed at age 11. By then, it had spread to my entire body and the pain became 24/7.
The toughest part about CRPS is not being able to hug my friends on bad days. I'm a very loving person and like to show my affection physically, it's hard to do that when other people's touch feels like fiery knives digging through your tissue. Again, related to sensitivity, it's hard to go out in public. I feel like a hermit crab. Every time someone walks past me while I'm in a flare, I pull back hoping that they won't touch me. It's pretty weird and awful.
My biggest supporters are my guinea pig, Skittles, who is always willing to offer healing snuggles, and my mother. My mother stays with me while I'm admitted in the hospital, no matter what the reason, she's there.
My biggest accomplishment is having taught computer programming to underserved students in Pittsburgh during my high school years. Yeah, I kind of had the coolest teen job... I visited schools, community centers and libraries and taught kids how to code.
A positive part of having a chronic condition is the friends you make. It's hard to 'click' with new people, but if you share an illness, it's a huge ice breaker. You "get" each other. You know how they feel and they know how you feel.
Thank you for contributing, Caroline, and I can't wait until you come home in January. it's been too long! Hugs to Skittles and good luck on finals!
I am a 20 year old junior at the college of my dreams. I am studying Emergency Medicine and Communication Rhetoric and minoring in the Administration of Justice and National Preparedness and Emergency Management certificate. At some point, I want to go and get my paramedic certification when my health allows. I have several chronic illnesses and this blog and website serves as a place for me to share my journey fighting CRPS and my other conditions. I hope that this blog can also serve as an outlet for raising awareness for rare diseases. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy! Feel free to comment; I'd love to know what you think!