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My Week In Pictures: Rehab Centre week 4 – the final week!

2013_01_28-03After four weeks, I have officially successfully completed The Rehab Centre’s Chronic Pain Management Program. I completed construction of my wooden box, finished my “fun art project” (which was a song, of course) and took my last few rides on the two-floor elevators. They even gave me a little paper certificate proving I completed it. Now I’m pain-free!


One of the things I learned in the program is that the longer a person lives with chronic pain the lower their chances get of ever recovering. Since I’ve had pain for several years the chances of one day living a pain-free life is somewhere around 10%. Sometimes that gets me down, but then I think about all the things I can do with or without pain. I can write these blog posts, I can talk on the phone with friends and family, and I can lay on the couch and watch old episodes of The Simpsons (which is pretty much my favourite thing in the world to do).

I’ve also made some important changes in my life to help me live better and more meaningfully. I’ve fixed up my office desk so the height is more ergonomic, I pulled up a high chair to my kitchen sink so I can do the dishes while half-standing, and I set timers while I do my computer work so that I remember to get up and stretch every twenty minutes or so. Another important change I’ve made is in my communication. I’ve learned how to identify my needs and make sure the people around me know if I need to sit, or move around. I’ve also gotten in the habit of calling venues in advance to make sure I can park nearby.

It’s a lot of little things, but at the end of the day, they all add up.

Thanks so much for supporting me throughout my time at this program. I couldn’t have done it without all the special people in my life, especially Craig who got up every day to make breakfast, pack my lunch, and drive me to and from the Rehab Centre. He is DEFINITELY a keeper.

If you would like to read about weeks 1 through 3 of my time at the Rehab Centre’s chronic pain management program, check out the following posts:

So that’s it for this week’s update. Next week’s update will be back to normal (whatever that means!) My next performance is tonight at the Mercury Lounge for Live Jazz Monday! 9pm – 11pm, no cover, see you tonight!

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Renée is a queer, non-binary, disabled, and chronically ill creator based in Montreal. They are a singer, songwriter, pianist, YouTuber, and Periscoper. They are currently a student of jazz studies at Mcgill University and a freelance vocal coach for young and emerging singers.


  1. Riek

    Congratulations! Small changes often make a huge difference and it sounds like you are on track.

    • Thanks Riek! I really appreciate your support. Small changes are definitely what it’s all about and I know it won’t all happen at once. I have to keep up the daily practice of having good habits.

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