Living with TMS
Cecilia Collar is a chronic pain survivor. Cecilia was born in France but raised by Spaniards. She moved to Chicago 17 years ago and has been pain-free for a year and three months now. During the time she was living with TMS, she suffered from acute pelvic and back pain, Cecilia recalls the toll her condition had on her two daughters. It was then that she decided to confront her pain head-on and to find a way to overcome chronic pain.
Her struggle with the pain she experienced because of her TMS and how she overcame that pain has given her the determination to help other people. It is Cecilia’s goal to help people free themselves from pain and to give them hope and to guide them.
Cecilia believes that your pain is real and she is here to hold your hand through fears and rage. She strongly believes that you will heal too, just like she did. Since she learned to relieve her pain, she wants to help others achieve the same.
Cecilia was dealing with TMS most of her life without knowing it. Throughout the time that she was living with TMS, she consulted different specialists and therapists, but nothing helped relieve her pain. When she discovered Dr. Sarno and his theory of TMS and why it occurs, she was skeptical in the beginning. That is because she is a critical thinker who needed scientific proof. But when she realized that Dr. Sarno’s methods worked, she was finally free from the pain.
Cecilia learned a great deal during her search for freedom, and that is why she believes that you too can free yourself from pain. All you need to do is commit yourself to your recovery. Once you do that, there will be nothing holding you back.
Since hearing other people’s success stories helped Cecilia a great deal, she feels that her success story can help someone too – someone who is also desperate to heal. Having felt the agony of TMS, Cecilia knows how a patient with TMS feels. She understands the frustration of going from doctor to doctor and not finding relief.
In her struggle to find freedom from pain, she researched psychosomatic disorders and how pain can often be a demonstration of some underlying cause. It is during this research phase that she discovered the work of Dr. Sarno. Going through Dr. Sarno’s theories and solutions, Cecilia realized that she too was dealing with repressed emotions. While her conscious self was managing well on the outside, it was her unconscious self that was raging with anger. And it was this bucket of repressed anger that had overflowed and was causing her excruciating pain.