I'm Ron. I'm 25 and a premed/pre-pa and biology student. I live in St. Louis, MO.
What are your diagnoses? -Trigeminal Neuralgia, Occipital Neuralgia, Acute Intermittent Porphyria, Chronic Migraines, Cluster Headaches, Atrial fibrillation, Supraventricular Tachycardia, Depression/Anxiety
What is your favorite motivational/pump up song? -Electric Daisy Violin by Lindsey Stirling. It's a strictly instruments piece but very upbeat.
What is your favorite movie? -I'm not much of a movie person, so it's hard to say. I was a big fan of Lucy
What is your favorite book? -Definitely my favorite book is Complications: A Surgeon's Notes On An Imperfect Science by Atul Gawande, MD
Who are your biggest supporters on those bad day?
-My biggest supporters are definitely my girlfriend and family! They're there for me whenever I need them and I cherish that. It really helps. With chronic neurological pain, there's nothing they can do to relieve the pain, but just being there and listening is the best help ever!
What is the most positive part of having a chronic condition? - Two things. first all of the incredible people I've connected with. The spoonie community is amazing! Everyone is so supportive and gets what it's like to be young and chronically ill. Second is it has really helped guide my career path. I've always loved medicine, but being chronically ill/in pain has really steered me towards wanting to help others like myself.
What is your biggest accomplishment? -I became an Eagle Scout in 2007. This was huge for me because at the time I was dealing with crippling anxiety and depression.
Is there anything else you would like the readers to know about you? -Nothing about me, but I do want to share some advice that I've received from one of my mentors: Chronic pain/illness doesn't have to define you. You can still do whatever it is in life you want to do, you just may have to do it a little different than others.
Thank you for contributing Ron and best of luck with your future endeavors!