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New Zealand Performer Overcomes Disease To Follow Dream

Sunday 8 October 2017


From New Zealand news outlet the Hawke's Bay Today:


Chelsea Sheehan-Gaiger
PAIN FREE: Performing artist Chelsea Sheehan-Gaiger
of Hawke's Bay wants to share her story with others
after receiving treatment for complex regional
pain syndrome and chronic fatigue.

Bay performer overcomes 'suicide disease' to follow dream

By Anneke Smith
7 October 2017
© Copyright 2017 NZME. Publishing Limited

A Hawke's Bay performing artist has overcome the odds of a debilitating illness to pursue her dream of being an actor and now wants to share her story with others.

In the summer of 2013 Chelsea Sheehan-Gaiger was a normal 18-year-old who had just finished high school and was about to embark on a three-year degree at the National Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art (Nasda).

It was during this period that the pain started in her left foot before spreading to her entire body, rendering basic movement unbearable.

"I started to lose all the tissue on my feet and felt like I was walking on my bones. I couldn't climb stairs anymore. I couldn't dance, I couldn't stand, I had to quit my job."

The actor said she was incorrectly diagnosed for months before a doctor told her she was likely to be suffering complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS).

"I read about it and found out it was nicknamed 'the suicide disease' and was incurable. My doctor said that while I had chronic fatigue and CRPS, it came down to something called central sensitisation."


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