I am Melanie Lamb.
The story of my life is a beautiful, love filled, magnificent journey that has encompassed me with breathtaking and mind blowing experiences. My life has been significantly blessed from the beginning with time shared among most beautiful, compassionate, intellectual souls who have greatly influenced my life and molded me into the woman I am today. Sure, there were times spent growin’ up the hard way. I suffered the consequences from making poor decisions, and also survived trials and tribulations that were anything but self-inflicted.
Throughout my life I have raised my hands, fallen in and out of love, and laid down on a bed of roses as thoughts of being a little run away on a mystery train traveled through my mind allowing me to escape bad medicine and medical harm which attempted to consume me.
In October of 2009, medical harm inflicted me with inconceivable acts of barbaric torture that compromised every system within my body. In the blink of an eye my life was forever changed, and left upside down. Unfortunately, my journey had only just begun. In 2013, I endured more medical harm that left me fighting for my life. A battle almost lost. During this time I experienced multiple near death experiences. It was a miracle I survived. Physicians would ask “why aren’t you dead?” Others would simply look at me say, “Clearly, you’re not alone.” Over the course of four years I became known as a medical harm poster child. I am eternally grateful for the miracles gifted to me and for those who took time to love me back to life. PTSD consumed me. Nightmares reliving the trauma haunted me. Countless moments spent drowning in my tears while grieving the loss of who I once was, petrified of what the future held for me. I was reminded numerous times that life for me was no longer about quantity, but quality. In 2012, it was estimated that the medical harm I endured had robbed me of approximately 12 years of my life. That number increased after 2013. I refused to accept this then, and I refuse to accept this now. After all, it’s my life. Since 2009, I have been dedicated to researching and experimenting while fighting to achieve a quality of life. A life that didn’t involve being confined to my bed, hospital room, or a wheelchair. A life that was not dependent upon synthetic pharmaceuticals with horrific side effects that prevented me from functioning, and were destroying my organs in the process. Dyin’ ain’t much of a livin’.
Medical harm left me with Arachnoiditis and RSD. RSD is also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy which is the most painful medical condition known in the history of mankind. It is often diagnosed as a secondary condition to those who live with Arachnoiditis. One isn’t simply diagnosed with these two conditions. The list can be quite extensive. Those who live with these conditions often battle with fear. Fear of the next horrific flare. Fear of not knowing when or where the next stabbing sensation will occur. Fear of the burning sensation that feels as if we have been covered in lava. Fear that compromises our internal compass creating chaos and havoc within every fiber of our being. During my darkest and most painful moments, I have cried out to God begging Him to lay His hands on me and make it stop. I have begged and pleaded asking Him to take me out of this world if that’s what it takes. The flares experienced are relentless, torturous, and leave us in desperate need of something for the pain. Blood pressure and heart rate rapidly accelerate reaching dangerous levels that can cause a heart attack, stroke, or even death. When you’re falling into the fire pits of Arachnoiditis and RSD, it becomes difficult to keep the faith, and you question if you’re strong enough to go the distance.
Enter stability, support structure, and positive environments.
Stability, support structure, and positive environments are essential in empowering and equipping those who live with Arachnoiditis, RSD, and other chronic pain conditions with the necessary tools to win the battles they will unquestionably encounter. Family, friends, and caregivers also need encouragement, guidance, and support. It is not uncommon for them to become overwhelmed and feel helpless while watching their loved one suffer such horrific levels of pain. Sadly, this often leads to a whole lotta leavin going on.
Enter isolation, increased depression and probability of suicidal risk. All of which are greatly misunderstood.
Our brain is the most powerful weapon any of us have in this battle. How one chooses to nourish and engage their brain will determine failures, progress, and ultimately victories. Retraining the mind and body has been one of the most difficult challenges throughout my journey with medical harm. I have learned to fall with grace, and rise with confidence. I continue to remind myself daily that victories are only accomplished through consistency, desire, and dedication. The only requirement is a foundation built upon bravery, courage, and tenacity. If I want to achieve, I must be fierce.
Our nerves rely on memory to function properly. Retraining our brain is mandatory for the successful reprogramming of damaged nerves and significantly benefits individuals who have endured mental or physical trauma. Physical activity and exercise is crucial, and should be implemented into daily routine as tolerated. Remaining stagnant and inactive will greatly affect your health and hinder the healing process. Risk factors include increased atrophy, depression, fatigue, and numerous other conditions that may lead to serious complications.
Conditioning of the mind will strengthen the body. Conditioning of the body will strengthen the mind. Successful conditioning establishes a cohesive relationship between mind and body creating a balance that is unbreakable. This unbreakable balance will equip you with the mindset to own your condition and master the ability to improvise, adapt, and overcome.
Train your brain the way you want to perform
You will perform the way you train your brain
IMPROVISE ADAPT OVERCOME
What about now?
My life continues to bless me with a journey granting me the opportunity to empower, improve, and save lives through the Stand a Chance Foundation while continuing to serve, support, and represent the International Pain Foundation as a Delegate, and administrator in a global support group. I have been researching, experimenting, and documenting my journey while living my own dissertation for almost eight years now.
Medical harm is currently ranked as the third leading cause of death in the United States of America. Statistically, I feel it ranks higher. The atrocities suffered at the hands of medical harm are appalling and unacceptable. I continue to be contacted daily by patients and their families seeking encouragement, guidance, and hope. I fear this will only continue to increase due the actions that have been implemented by the CDC. This is another form of medical harm that we need to stand against. Patients all over this country are having their prescription medications abruptly come to a halt leaving them to suffer immediate withdrawals putting their lives at risk. I refuse to be stagnant while turning a blind eye to this situation. Those who are able, and do nothing – are condoning the harm inflicted.
I am currently working on two analytical, awakening, and mind-blowing documentary projects that will be produced in honor of those who have suffered medical harm, and those who live with arachnoiditis. This requires me to bounce from state to state, and hopefully to other countries as well to collect data and film patients, their families and caregivers, and specialists. My goal is to provide awareness and education on a global level presenting undeniable facts and personal stories through these documentary projects. My hope is to prevent others from suffering the atrocities that are tragically impacting innocent lives, resulting in a global statistical decrease pertaining to medical harm, debilitating and life threatening chronic pain conditions, illnesses, and suicide.
Cures become inevitable through prevention. Prevention is achieved through awareness and education.
I am Melanie Lamb.
I am an avid fan of Bon Jovi, and have been the majority of my life. Anyone who knows me, knows this.
I felt it only appropriate as a dedicated advocate that I should compose an article regarding medical harm and arachnoiditis including titles from Bon Jovi’s songs. As I began to ponder this idea, I realized I could compose a series of articles pertaining to medical harm, arachnoiditis, (and all that comes with it) using his songs as the title for each individual article.
I believe all life is beautiful, and that time is the most valuable ambient influence any of us have. We should savor every moment, and touch the lives of others with every opportunity we are granted. The time is now to become undivided as an army of one, thick as thieves, and be the change in the world that is so desperately need.
I’m livin on a prayer, making a memory and leaving a heart print with every opportunity that arises. Thankful for those who said I’ll be there for you, and those who never say goodbye. Reflecting on the story of my life and what’s left of me to give this world. Wondering where we will be in the next 100 years.
Have a nice day,
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