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Vienna's Waiting: A teenage girl's battle with pain. Paperback – June 10, 2011
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About the Author
A longtime sufferer of chronic pain, Georgia Huston is the founder of the Teen Pain Help Foundation (www.teenpainhelp.org). After the ordeal chronicled in this book, Georgia attended St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, as a psychology major with a minor in art. While there, she worked as an intern, counseling at-risk children and youths for the state of Texas, and she occasionally helped seniors and the mentally challenged with art projects. Georgia also continued her work as a volunteer for Whole Child L.A., where she designed and managed a private social networking site for kids suffering chronic pain. After graduation, she attended the University of Southern California’s Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work and earned her Master of Social Work degree. While there, she was co-founder of ArtRx, a program to develop ways for medical professionals to utilize the arts to relieve pain and bring comfort. Georgia currently works as a therapist, counseling teenagers at a boys probation home in Los Angeles. She is also the Co-principal Investigator and Patient Partner in a national research study exploring the effects of peer social support on chronic pain. As the Executive Director of the Teen Pain Help Foundation she continues her outreach, spreading the word about children and young people who are suffering from chronic pain, offering them useful information and hope. Privately, she counsels young people suffering with chronic pain when possible. Georgia continues to do public speaking, media interviews, and websites on the subject of young people in pain, and she serves as an advocate for combining Western medicine with alternative therapies and for sharing information among pain sufferers. And, she continues to write about pain. She is also the author of PAIN: An Owner's Manual.
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In vivid detail, almost like a diary, Ms. Huston delivers the ultimate account in dealing with a mysterious pain that jeopardizes her relationships with doctors, friends, and most painfully, her family. Besides just citing the inexplicable pain that many, many others are contending with at this very moment, Ms. Huston sets out to save others from other such troubling personal sacrifices such as confusion, doubt and finally skepticism, the kind not just from others in the medical community but a skepticism about your own sanity.
This is simply a must read for anyone interested in why a seemingly doomed story of a girl in trouble turns out to be an inspiring, heart-warming truth of a family tightening their grip on hope and finding the next day to move forward into a new definition of success.
condition that many find impossible to discuss. Vienna's Waiting is an intensely raw and
honest account of her own journey in managing her own condition. Chronic pain sufferers
of any age will find relief within these pages.