“Over time I was losing hope in physical therapy and the medications were increasingly numbing me,” explains Mary Kate. “By my 21st birthday, the best way I can describe my life is it felt like I had lost my identity, my identity as a sister, daughter, friend. I no longer recognized the 14-year-old Mary Kate who had been so full of life and neither did anyone else around me.”
Complex Regional Pain Syndrome
Friday the thirteenth in 2015, a girl and I both went for the ball, but only I went down. I laid on the ground in agonizing pain ─ not knowing that my life was never going to be the same. This was the day that my monster embedded itself in my left foot, turning my world upside down, and making every second of everyday a nightmare.