108 episodes

Pain and illness can become an all-consuming experience. As a chronic pain sufferer for over twenty years, I know firsthand how pain can easily take over your life and isolate you from others. But the truth is we are so much more than illness and we are not alone. There are millions of fellow warriors on their own journey. Join me every Tuesday as we hear real stories of people living with pain and illness, their challenges, their victories and the treatments they use to get through each day. I Am Not My Pain and neither are you!

I Am Not My Pain with Melissa Adams Melissa Adams

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

Pain and illness can become an all-consuming experience. As a chronic pain sufferer for over twenty years, I know firsthand how pain can easily take over your life and isolate you from others. But the truth is we are so much more than illness and we are not alone. There are millions of fellow warriors on their own journey. Join me every Tuesday as we hear real stories of people living with pain and illness, their challenges, their victories and the treatments they use to get through each day. I Am Not My Pain and neither are you!

    Signing Off with Gratitude

    Signing Off with Gratitude

    Podcast host, Melissa Adams is signing off with gratitude from the I Am Not My Pain Podcast. Thanks to the encouragement and purpose from her sponsor, Heroes Circle, Melissa began the show wishing to bring living with chronic illness out of the shadows and into the light! After four seasons including 100 episodes with 56 chronic illness warriors from all over the world, this podcast has proved to be a profound, inspiring, and healing experience for her and hopefully, for her listeners as well. Tune in to her final episode as she reflects on this remarkable journey and shares her final thoughts as well as appreciation to past guests and the chronic illness community. She wishes to remind the chronically ill to never forget your voice and your life are valuable and important in the world and it is possible to find ways to live a fulfilled and meaningful life. YOU are so much more than your illness and pain. And as always to remember you are not alone, and you are not your pain.  

    • 8 min
    S4E15: Being Okay with Not Being Okay- Part Two

    S4E15: Being Okay with Not Being Okay- Part Two

    Continuing our conversation with warrior, Stephanie Venneri. Stephanie went in for a routine filling in 2021 and due to negligence, left with Trigeminal Neuralgia nicknamed the “Suicide Disease.” Excruciating pain and limited speaking time swiftly ended her over twenty year singing career, her livelihood and passion. Other diagnoses followed such as Hemicrania Continua, SUNA, Anesthesia Dolorosa and TMD/TMJ. Listen as in Part Two Stephanie discusses her feelings towards the dentist who caused her Trigeminal Neuralgia, how she copes living with multiple rare invisible illnesses and lastly, learning that it is okay to not to be okay. To learn more about Stephanie Venneri or her coaching services, go to www.stephvenneri.com or her Linktree at https://linktr.ee/stephvenneri.

    • 36 min
    S4E14: Being Okay with Not Being Okay- Part One

    S4E14: Being Okay with Not Being Okay- Part One

    Meet warrior, Stephanie Venneri. Stephanie went in for a routine filling in 2021 and due to negligence, left with Trigeminal Neuralgia nicknamed the “Suicide Disease.” Excruciating pain and limited speaking time swiftly ended her over twenty year singing career, her livelihood and passion. Other diagnoses followed such as Hemicrania Continua, SUNA, Anesthesia Dolorosa and TMD/TMJ. Tune in to Part One as Stephanie shares her remarkable story and how she manages gender and racial bias when seeking medical care. Stephanie is now a voice and life coach using her experience to help others manage the impact of chronic illness and other life’s challenges. To learn more about Stephanie Venneri or her coaching services, go to www.stephvenneri.com or her Linktree at https://linktr.ee/stephvenneri.   

    • 31 min
    S4E13: Destigmatizing Pelvic Pain- Part Two

    S4E13: Destigmatizing Pelvic Pain- Part Two

    Continuing our conversation with warrior, Michelle Milheiras. Michelle began experiencing vulva pain after a tailbone injury at only eight years old. Heavy periods, chronic UTI symptoms and yeast infections followed. Doctors dismissed and misdiagnosed her for over a decade, common for pelvic issues. Her pain and symptoms became so severe she had to leave her job. She was at last diagnosed accurately with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Endometriosis, Interstitial Cystitis, Lupus, Anxiety and Depression. Michelle now wishes to educate, uplift, and destigmatize these conditions by creating The Happy Pelvis website. Listen as in Part Two Michelle discusses interesting Endometriosis facts, her trauma from experiencing pelvic pain at a young age, and her tips for going to the doctor. To learn more about Michelle Milheiras including her blog, podcast, and valuable resources, go to https://thehappypelvis.ca or find her social media: Twitter @HappyPelvis, Facebook @TheHappyPelvis, and Instagram @the.happy.pelvis.

    • 31 min
    S4E12: Destigmatizing Pelvic Pain- Part One

    S4E12: Destigmatizing Pelvic Pain- Part One

    Meet warrior, Michelle Milheiras. Michelle began experiencing vulva pain after a tailbone injury at only eight years old. Heavy periods, chronic UTI symptoms and yeast infections followed. Doctors dismissed and misdiagnosed her for over a decade, common for pelvic issues. Her pain and symptoms became so severe she had to leave her job. She was at last diagnosed accurately with Pelvic Floor Dysfunction, Endometriosis, Interstitial Cystitis, Lupus, Anxiety and Depression. Michelle now wishes to educate, uplift, and destigmatize these conditions by creating The Happy Pelvis website. Tune in to Part One as Michelle shares her story, explains the anatomy, importance, and purpose of the pelvic floor and more. To learn more about Michelle Milheiras including her blog, podcast, and valuable resources, go to https://thehappypelvis.ca or find her social media: Twitter @HappyPelvis, Facebook @TheHappyPelvis, and Instagram @the.happy.pelvis.

    • 37 min
    S4E11: The Identity Shift

    S4E11: The Identity Shift

    Throwing it back to S1E8 with warrior, Leanne Million. Leanne’s identity was one of drama teacher, actress and all around go getter until she experienced a concussion in a car accident. Managing her physical pain and issues with her neurological function from post-concussion syndrome, Leanne had to leave her job and felt huge pieces of her identity slip away, a common occurrence in the lives of the chronically ill. Tune in as we hear Leanne reveal how she began the process of shifting her mindset on her identity and how she was able to recreate purpose and meaning in her life. If you are interested in Leanne’s services as a Certified Life, Relationship and Sexuality Coach, EFT or Reiki Practitioner, visit leannemillion.com or @leannemillion on Instagram.

    • 43 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

Greenway Road ,

Amazing Podcast

I don’t have a chronic illness but Melissa’s podcast expands my understanding of those who do. She’s a warm, empathetic, and skilled interviewer.

Crpsatl ,

Such a necessary podcast!

Melissa has an amazing medical journey and is helping to pay it forward by bringing awareness to the chronic pain community. Thanks for all you do for us!

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Grateful for Melissa’s podcast!

What an amazing presentation!!

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