Hello! I’m Pamela Jessen from Langford, BC, Canada – a lovely little city just outside of Victoria. I am happily married to my amazing husband Ray and we are the proud parents of two fabulous grown kids and three wonderful grandsons. We are also owned by one cat named Dorie.
I write about Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia and Invisible Illness along with more general topics on occasion. I have lived with Chronic Pain and Chronic Fatigue for my entire adult life, and suffered a major Fibromyalgia flare-up in 2004. In 2006/2007, I underwent three separate surgeries within 6 months, which pushed my Fibro into a fulltime flare from which I’ve never recovered.
Because I’m passionate about sharing what life is like for the Chronically Ill, I also write for The Mighty, PainResource.com, The Zebra Pit and various independent publications. If you’re interested in having me write for you, please get in touch. I love to do guest posts.
Along with blogging and writing, I am an active volunteer with the Patient Voices Network in BC. Outside of PVN, I also do volunteer work with Island Health as a Patient Partner, and was a Patient Advisor on the 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain. I have also taken part as a Patient Advocate for the Canadian Anesthesia Research Priority Setting Partnership, and I’m involved in testing Virtual Telehealth options in BC.
I currently sit on the following Committees:
- The Surgical Care Quality Measurement Group for BC
- The Emergency Management Committee for the BC Emergency Medicine Network
- The Clinical Resource Committee for the BC Emergency Medicine Network
- The Laboratory Quality Council for Vancouver Island, BC
- The Oversight & Advisory Committee for Patient Voices Network
Most recently, I have become a Coaching For Health Counsellor for PainBC.
I am passionate about Patient Care and Quality Improvements. My goal for this blog is to Educate and Empower my readers.
In my spare time, I love to write short stories and poetry and I enjoy reading True Crime and Biographies. I love answering questions and can be found doing that at Quora.com.
Despite my daily pain and fatigue, I live a blessed life.
Thanks for stopping by…it’s good to have you here!
Three Time Nominee for the WEGO Health Awards!