CEO’s Journey to the Creation of the Community Pain Center
Lynne Matallana can’t remember a time when she wasn’t in pain. Throughout her life she heard doctors say, “You are weird,” and even worse, “There is nothing wrong with you, and there is nothing I can do to help you.”
Despite constant pain, Lynne went on to work in a variety of fields including community development, public policy administration, lobbying, advertising and marketing, and in the early ‘90s she established a very successful marketing and public relations consulting agency. She felt good about her accomplishments, but her neglected medical symptoms had not improved and her frustration with our medical system continued. In 1995, she recognized the onset of a new variety of more intense symptoms. Lynne ended up in bed, unable to function for nearly two years, and became extremely depressed and hopeless with her fibromyalgia (FM) diagnosis.
In 1997, Lynne improved her attitude by using her skills and passion to raise awareness for FM and chronic pain. Her goal was to improve patients’ quality of life by bringing their stories to the attention of the media and medical community. She lobbied for more research and encouraged medical professionals to find new ways to help those suffering. Lynne created a nonprofit organization (NPO) to help address the needs of the more than 10 million Americans afflicted with FM.