Kate McWilliams is a Canadian disability rights advocate living with CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome).
I’m a chronically ill Canadian woman living on the west coast with my partner and step-daughter. My professional experience is in non profit management and administration and my personal background involves a lot of music, on and off the stage. I became disabled in 2014 when an old injury acted up and the pain never went away. After many doctors, surgeries, and failed treatments, a pain specialist diagnosed me with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
Grief and relief.
Having a diagnosis can be a privilege because chronic pain is often under diagnosed. Getting a diagnosis changed my life in that I began to understand how to better manage my body and access the right treatments. Doctors started treating me more seriously, I could better explain myself, and at the very least, I knew what not to do to make the pain worse. Diagnosis also meant that it was chronic – it really wasn’t going to get better. I can manage it, but it is with me for the rest of my life. From now it’ll be me, and CRPS.
A while after my diagnosis, I discovered the disability community and quickly realised that I wouldn’t have it any other way. This is my home and my family. I am dedicated to continually learning how to better advocate for disabled and chronically ill people, for better accessibility and equality.
Kate McWilliams is a disability rights advocate living in Canada. She became chronically ill with CRPS in 2014 and has since become a proud part of the disability community. She is currently studying Equity, Diversity and Human Rights and you can read about disability rights, chronic illness, pain, and CRPS on her website at www.kateandcrps.com
Kate McWilliams is a disability rights advocate living on the west coast of Canada. She became chronically ill with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in 2014 and has since become a proud part of the disability community. She is currently studying Equity, Diversity and Human Rights and remains busy between managing her ongoing treatment and disability activism, focusing on accessibility issues and marriage inequality for disabled people in Canada. (Did you know that disabled Canadians don’t have marriage equality?) She writes on disability rights, chronic illness, pain, and life with CRPS on her website www.kateandcrps.com