Learn How to Run a Business While Coping with Fibromalagya, CFS or Other Syndromes.
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Beyond Chronic Pain Running a Small Business with Fibromyalgia & Other Chronic Pain Conditions With Rebecca Rengo Susan: The life of business owners is typically jam packed with day to day duties have running their business as to that the challenge of trying to fit in your personal life in your family. Now, imagine doing all of that while suffering constant pain from Fibromyalgia or any other chronic pain condition. Well with me today is Rebecca Rengo, she’s a pain relief coach and expert and she’s here to talk to us about this issue and how it relates to the small business community. Rebecca welcome to sbtv.com. Rebecca Rengo: Thank you for having me Susan. Susan: Well the first thing to talk about and actually I’ve told the audience many times I have Fibromyalgia, so I do wake up every morning in pain. It’s not easy, so I’m very interested to hear what you have to say but first tell us a little bit about your background. How did you become an expert in the field of pain? Rebecca Rengo: I became an expert first to my own personal experience. I have multiple chronic pain conditions to myself including TMJ, damage vertebrae in my neck and Fibromyalgia. And so I’ve always been interested in the dynamics of chronic pain and then major than social work can have spent my career helping people who suffer with chronic pain. Susan: But now, Rebecca you’ve actually—you’ve written a book “Beyond Chronic Pain.” Rebecca Rengo: Yes. Susan: And you have your own business, so how did you decide to start your business? Rebecca Rengo: I actually started my first business in 1989. I was on faculty at Washington University in a Neurology Department working on all chronic disease research. And I really enjoyed that job but had a passion for working with older adults and so I love when she went started to private practice providing generate care management and psychotherapy services. And I have been doing that up until the last year and half when I came up with my book. And now, my passion is taking me to focus on riding and sticking and reaching out to people of all ages with chronic pain conditions. Susan: You’ve done a lot of things. How do you manage personally? I mean I know some of the things that I try to do but how do you manage personally to have the business, write a book, all of the things that you’ve done. How do you managed? Rebecca Rengo: I really had an uh-huh moment when I was about 40 years old, I was a single mother with two very active young boys and running my own business no family in the area to help me at all with any emotional or financial support, totally dependent on making everything work. So you know women, we try to do everything is best as we can. Susan: We try to be superwoman in that way. Rebecca Rengo: Yes! We actually do. And so I was running my kids to every after school activity, you know volunteering on boards in the community, taking every client who calls me, so I was working over hours and of course not taking care of myself. One day, I heard my young son called to me for help. And I was in bed and I could not get up. My pain was so severe and my fatigue was so overwhelming that I pushed and pushed myself with everything I had and I could not move. And every mother knows when your child needs you all you want to do is go to her and make sure they’re okay. And when I couldn’t do that, I realize I have to put myself first or I’m going to be here to take care of my kids and to pay my bills. And so from that thing on, that was a strategy I adapted. Susan: That’s sounds like a great strategy but it’s a lot easier said than done. So how did you make those strategies work? What are some of things that you did? Rebecca Rengo: When I started doing was scheduling something nice for myself everyday because I was putting myself last and I realize if I’m going to feel better, I really do have to put myself first. So I would schedule time for light exercise and meditation in the morning before I start to taking care of o