Gain hope from this story of determination, self awareness, and ultimate success! It is never easy to live with chronic pain. Barbara describes her journey of advocating for herself in a medical health system maze until she was able to get the intense pain she was having correctly looked at and diagnosed. Her determination, assertiveness, and courage shows how when faced with pain listening to your own body and finding medical practitioners who will listen to you are key. She kept moving despite the pain and continued to insist that the pain was not just from her spine–it was “on the side”–which turned out to be a hip that was not getting blood flow and was dying. She still has pain from her back but now in her 70’s she is doing water aerobics and grateful to be down to 10-20% of her worst pain!