July 25, 2014

Recommended blog: Sherrie Sisk’s “The Tramadol Diaries”

The community of lawyers who publish and maintain blogs is relatively small.   One of the better and most prolific lawyer/bloggers is Sherrie Sisk from North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.   This past April, Sherrie inaugurated a new blog called The Tramadol Diaries which describes her struggle with fibromyalgia and discusses the legal, medical and lifestyle issues of living with and thriving despite chronic pain.

Sherrie describes herself as a “recovering lawyer” and notes that she has phased out her law practice because of her fibromyalgia.  Now, she is transitioning into a new career as a write and a coach.

While the legal community will miss this talented and vocal advocate, the fibromyalgia community now has a passionate, determined and thoughtful voice who will discuss medical developments, communication issues and, I suspect, legal issues related to fibromyalgia.  Besides her blog, Sherrie is at work on a book and offers coaching and speaking services.

In my law practice I have observed that many of my fibromyalgia clients often fit a profile – intelligent, over-achieving, type “A” individuals (mostly female) who are extremely organized and committed to finding relief from their symptoms.  If you were not previously aware of Sherrie’s blog, I strongly recommend that you bookmark it or add its feed to your home page or blog reader software.

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Jonathan Ginsberg practices Social Security disability law in Atlanta, Georgia. He publishes the ssdAnswers.com blog and the ssdRadio.com podcast.

Comments

  1. Wow, thank you, Jonathan! I’m not sure about “talented” but I will proudly cop to the “vocal” label. I’ve learned there’s a lot to say about these issues.

    One of the main reasons I started The Tramadol Diaries, besides giving myself a platform to tell my own story, was to tell the stories of other women and men living with chronic pain.

    We face so much every day — mind-blowing stuff, including (without limitation — I remember that from my lawyering days!) massive resistance from the medical community, skepticism from disability review officials as well as our own friends, financial distress, strained relationships, and diminished hope.

    As if dealing with the pain itself wasn’t enough, y’know? Some of the stories I hear on a daily basis from folks on Twitter and comments/email from my blog would simply blow the mind of the average citizen.

    Thank you so much for the incredibly kind words and the link, and thank you for being a voice for the disabled and the chronically hurt.

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