SPECIFIC PURPOSE: To inform my audience about my experience with CRPS.
CENTRAL IDEA: My experience of CRPS before and after I was diagnosed.
ORGANIZATIONAL PATTERN: before/after
Attention: I can stand up here and say the phrase 'chronic illness' or 'mental illness' and I know at least one person's name that you know or love will pop into your head. We all know someone who is fighting this familiar battle. I am still fighting this battle as I speak. I live with a chronic illness.
(Transition: 'to be more specific..' )
Reveal Topic: I live with CRPS, which is an acronym for "complex regional pain syndrome".
Preview: Today, I am going to share my experience with CRPS.
A. It will be split into two phases.
1. The first phase is before diagnosis.
2. The second phase is after diagnosis.
(Transition: "I am going to start with..")
I. The first half of my experience with CRPS, which is "before diagnosis"
A. In August of 2014, I started to feel the symptoms.
1. I had pain in my neck and hands.
a) My pinkies curled up and couldn't move.
B. In October of 2014, my symptoms started to worsen so I seeked medical attention.
1. I started experiencing full body pain and fell into a deep depression.
2. I was referred to the UCSF "pain team" to seek answers.
a) I had to do a full body pain test, where I was officially diagnosed with CRPS.
(1) My central nervous system is damaged.
(Transition: "that brings me to..")
II. The second half of my experience with CRPS, which is "after diagnosis"
A. In May of 2015, I started to receive treatment.
1. I decided I would not use "hard" over the counter pain medication.
("I also knew that my mental health could not be ignored, so..")
B. In July of 2015, I started seeing a psychologist.
1. He helped me find methods to manage my depression and cope with everyday pain.
C. In present day, I am getting by the best that I can.
1. I struggle to stay mentally healthy every single day, but I am no longer depressed.
2. I manage my pain everyday through a healthy lifestyle.
a) I eat a healthy diet, exercise daily, and get good sleep.
b) I know my physical and mental limits.
(1) I know what my body can and cannot do.
3. I give back to those who are also dealing with chronic pain.
a) I used my last 3 birthday parties to run a toy drive for the UCSF children's hospital.
SIGNAL: Now that you know me on a level that's more than visual, let me end by saying:
REVIEW: My experience with CRPS is easy to identify through two phases: before and after my diagnosis.
KICKER: and like I said, if no one's name popped up in your head at the beginning of this speech, mine now will.