30 Seconds of “Fame” – Neurostimulator Implant TV Interview


I’ve had a strong desire and yearning to become more of a health advocate to help others dealing with chronic pain, specifically migraines. I have a story to tell, and while it is not the story or path that I would have EVER chosen for myself, it is mine, this is me, and this is my life. I want to make a difference. I want to help others dealing with the same or similar health struggles with the hope that I can help improve their quality of life.

I was inspired by a friend to contact local health publications and other social media outlets so that I can accomplish this goal. I emailed and called approximately 15 different writers and reporters, and I received a call back from two. Not bad for just getting started, I’ll take it! I received a call from Meryl Lin McKean, the medical health reporter with the local Fox affiliate in the greater Kansas City area, WDAF Fox4. She was interested in helping me tell my story, and had interviewed my Neurosurgeon in the past. She contacted the PR department at the hospital, and we set a date.

Included below is a link to the interview which aired on the 5pm news on 5/20/2014. 30 seconds of fame for me, AND my best bud Wilson who makes a cameo at the end. So seriously…how does my skull look?!! 😉


In addition to this news interview, I will have a small article published in the “Kansas City Health and Wellness Magazine” in June, and I’m working with my Neurosurgeon to create a poster that will hang in the waiting room of his office. In addition I’ve offered to be a health advocate for his patients that are considering this surgery, as well as my Neurologist’s patients. And so my journey continues as a self-pronounced health advocate.

be the voice

If you or a loved one are considering this surgery, or have questions about an existing implant, I encourage you to consider joining a private support group on Facebook called: “Occipital and Peripheral Nerve Stimulation”. The moderators and group members are very supportive and the information is invaluable.










One response to “30 Seconds of “Fame” – Neurostimulator Implant TV Interview

  1. Loved this article and the interview.

    As a migraineur of 27 yrs. and an advocate for headache disorders we need more success stories just like this one.

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