My Plight

"You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call 'failure' is not the falling down, but the staying down."

- Mary Pickford

 

Mary Pickford was a multifaceted pioneer of early cinema. She was a talented performer, a creative producer and a savvy businesswoman who helped shape the film industry as we know it today.

 In 2008, I was enjoying a successful sales career, being a newlywed, exercising, spending time with friends and family, raising two new puppies and volunteering at my local animal shelter. Until, one September day when my life came to a screeching halt. An unexpected, constant, excruciating pain ensued giving way to the diagnosis of a rare form of a common reproductive disease among women- a recurring disease that the medical world has no known cure for, yet. Finding a solution to Deep Infiltrating Endometriosis and its byproduct, chronic pain, became my "new normal." 

 

I had surgeries with the world's best and brightest- one of them trained by the founder of the surgical procedure for the disease. I tried hormone replacement therapies, anti-depressants, anti-convulsants, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory, and anti-psychotic medications. I tried yoga. Drastic diet changes. Physical therapy. Meditation.  Acupuncture. Praying. Organic-only products. Massage therapy. Talk therapy. Support groups. Exercise. Weight loss. Hot baths. Heating pads. Cold compresses. MRI's, CT's, ultrasounds...Botox shots. And, a smorgasbord of doctors each with various specialties. 

 

My marriage, family, friends, career, hobbies, and emotional health all suffered at the hand of a disease that's medical acronym is D.I.E. (seriously! Bizarre, and yet, strangely appropriate). After enduring 3 surgeries in 3 consecutive years I was bedridden, bitter and feeling immensely burdensome.

 

I was convinced things couldn't have gotten worse.

Word to the wise: NEVER say that.

 

 

 

On January 9, 2011, my father and best friend suffered a hemorrhagic stroke resulting in my having to administer CPR. After being on life support, my Dad miraculously woke up. But our gratitude wouldn't last long - follow up image studies revealed a grade 4 glioblastoma multiforme tumor. A fast-growing, aggressive, malignant cancer left my beloved father with a life expectancy of 15 months or less.

 

My Dad passed away on September 8, 2011- just 6 months after his diagnosis. 

Gripping anxiety, breathtaking grief, and a deep, dark depression set in and paralyzed me. I became distant and comatose. I couldn't sleep, eat, concentrate or go an hour without bursting into an uncontrollable, guttural cry. My pain reached new heights. I decided to leave my job in an attempt to gather myself and undergo my 4th surgery. The acronym for my disease never seemed more relevant. ​

 

The only reassurance I had was knowing things couldn't get worse.

Word to the wise: NEVER say that.

In 2013, after 8 years of marriage, it too unraveled... with the rest of me. 

 I tried hormone replacement therapies, anti-depressants, anti-convulsants, anti-anxiety, anti-inflammatory and anti-psychotic medications. I tried yoga. Drastic diet changes. Physical therapy. Meditation.  Acupuncture. Praying. Organic-only products. Massage therapy. Talk therapy. Support groups. Exercise. Weight loss. Hot baths. Heating pads. Cold compresses. MRI's, CT's, ultrasounds...Botox shots. And, a smorgasbord of doctors each with various specialties. 

 

"We are experts in addressing the underlying issues that often perpetuate and worsen pain.

You and your physician are experts in identifying and treating the symptoms and disease itself.

Together, we will help you get back to you." 

- Kairos Chronic Pain Coaching

It's An Honor To Be a Member of The Following Organizations:

U.S. Pain Foundation
Integrative Wellness Academy (Wellness and Life Coaching School)
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Christina H Chororos, a decade-long deep infiltrating endometriosis (DIE) sufferer, founded Kairos Chronic Pain Coaching in the fall of 2018 and is a chronic pain and illness educator, speaker, and writer.

 

Christina graduated with honors from Lynchburg University with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Education in 2002. Additionally, she obtained an Integrative Wellness Life Coaching Certification from the Integrative Wellness Academy in the fall of 2017, and a Graduate Certificate in Pain Management from the University of Connecticut (UCONN) in the spring of 2020.

 

Christina is a regular contributor to iPain Living Magazine, a quarterly magazine published by the International Pain Foundation. 

For more information please visit kairoschronicpain.com

Kairos Chronic Pain Coaching Offices 

567 Park Avenue I Suite 203 I Scotch Plains I NJ I 07076  

Phone: 1-833-936-1240

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Last Updated: July 2020