Empowering youth who have chronic pain and their families
chyp is a California charitable nonprofit organization founded by pediatric pain doctor, Lonnie Zeltzer, MD, in 2005. Dr. Zeltzer has been treating youth with chronic pain for over thirty years. Having seen children visit multiple doctors, undergo numerous tests, and take many medications with no end to their pain in sight, it became clear to Dr. Zeltzer that something was needed to help more children than she could possibly see in her practice. She also realized that her nonprofit would need to address common healthcare barriers like location and cost.
chyp is creating an interactive website for teens with chronic pain and their caregivers. Our goal at chyp is to empower youth living with chronic pain, as well as their caregivers, to use creative healing experiences to strengthen the mind/body connection, reduce pain, and increase daily function. On the website they can learn about and sample creative healing experiences with experts, along with the added bonus of peer support. chyp provides online social connections, education, and creative healing programs for youth with chronic pain and their caregivers.
Natalie interviews Naomi about her chronic pain story, including samples of Naomi's creative healing process. She discusses how art and writing has helped her find her voice, even sharing poems from her journal.
Gabi is on chyp's Parent/Caregiver Advisory Board and shares an important message about not giving up hope, from the perspective of a parent with a child in chronic pain. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mIZU6QOdMHo&t=19s
Written by: Chis Soria Photo by Emma Bauso When most people think about pain, they think of pain as something that’s “natural.” We think of pain as something that happens exclusively inside our bodies. Although pain