My name is Naomi Abergel, I’m 18 years old and I’ve had chronic pain since I was 12. It took almost 3 years of me being in extreme pain daily until I was finally diagnosed with chronic pain and those 3 years were the hardest. My situation was constantly doubted by doctors, family, friends, and my school and it made me start to doubt myself. Maybe this was all in my head or me looking for attention… When I finally got to my pain specialist I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, IBS, Myofascial pain syndrome, Andenomyosis, and Chronic pain syndrome (just to name a few). I decided I wanted to spread more of an awareness about chronic pain and help others who are going through what I went through and make it easier. That’s what led me to chyp, as well as what helped me decide what career path I would like to go down. I’m currently on the road to starting school to become a Doctor and I am really excited about it. I’m honored to be a part of chyp because I know how helpful a support system could be. If there was something like this around when I started getting sick it would have made things so much easier and would have helped me feel less alone. That’s why I believe in chyp. I truly believe that it will help others and that’s one of my biggest goals in life: to take this negative thing that happened to me and turn it into a positive by helping others get through it. 

Naomi’s creative healing: painting, make-up, writing, drawing, massages, heating packs, her dog, breathing exercises, baking, talking to people who understand her, cooking, watching movies or TV, reading, and aquatherapy