"Stay strong and fight it, because it will get better one day!"
Hannah Bowden reached out to us to share her story and help others with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. RSD/CRPS is a disorder that affects your entire nervous system. Hannah has kept fighting throughout her diagnosis and treatments and is now in REMISSION!
Way to go, Hannah.
Every Ella: Hi Hannah! Tell us about yourself.
Hannah Bowden: I'm 15 years old and I'm a freshmen in high school. I enjoy music, singing and learning to play guitar.
In 2015, you were diagnosed with Chronic Pain Disorder.
Yes! RSD/CRPS is a disorder that effects the nervous system. Sometimes it causes very little blood flow in my feet and they turn purple and swell. Doing any activity, even going to school, can become extremely painful. I've also suffered from pain in my leg, hip and back after an ankle sprain that caused me to think about doing home schooling, since the chronic pain limits me going to high school.
How are you doing now?
Since receiving treatment, I have been feeling better but the medicine they have me on makes me really tired and I have had extreme fatigue.
Is there a cure for CRPS?
There is no known cure for CRPS, but I am currently in remission and able to go to summer camp with my church.
What advice can you give to others struggling with RSD/CRPS or similar illnesses?
Stay strong and fight it, because it will get better one day!
What are your goals and ambitions for the future?
In the future I want to be a neonatal nurse or just a regular nurse.
Name one woman who inspires you.
My mom has been a huge inspiration to me this past year and a half by helping me stay positive that I will get through this.
What do you like to do for fun?
For fun I like to sing and watch Netflix ( it's kind of a problem). My friend and I also just started a worship duo called Crowned with Grace (IG: crowned.with.grace) and we are super excited about it!
If you could meet one female celebrity, who would it be and why?
If I could meet one female celebrity it would be Sadie Robertson, because she is such a positive influence and I have looked up to her for a very long time. Her YouTube videos have helped me through this whole process!