I am a native Minnesotan. I majored in social work and criminal justice. I moved to Seattle, Washington and began working as a director of a work release. One beautiful, sunny afternoon in August of 1998 I was a passenger in a car accident. I was in extreme pain after the accident but continued to work. I was tested for everything and all tests came back negative. No one could tell me why I could not get better! My acute pain diagnosis was now my chronic pain diagnosis. I was heavily medicated just so I could make it through a workday. Finally my doctor said to me, "It is your health or your job." I picked the latter! I did not get my way.