I am a graduate student in the field of Epidemiology and Public Health. I have an interest in reproductive and injury epidemiology and global health with a primary focus on access to care for women with reproductive health issues, pelvic-floor disorders, and child-birth injuries such as obstetric fistulas. Within injury epidemiology, my personal journey combined with direct experience and interactions with patients incited the desire to understand the frequency, risk factors, prevention strategies, and disease pathogenesis in which injuries occur particularly looking at the prevalence of chronic pain syndrome arising after the body has healed from an injury. I also have training in the fields of Kinesiology, Physiology, Political Science, and Sociology. Here, I write about the sociology, psychology, philosophy, and science of chronic pain intertwining my personal experience as a chronic pain patient of 10 years with interviews with fellow patients and caregivers, academic studies, and relevant articles and commentary. I am also a disability and human rights activist and visual artist.
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