Some 15 years or so ago, a distinguished orthopedic surgeon examined me, looked at my MRI's and told me I would never be out of pain. Luckily, I was not a surgical candidate. The well intended doctor simply advised that I learn to live with the pain. It was devastating. I was a young mother and had a promising career as a museum curator. Living with intractable pain was never an option. After coming to so many other medical dead ends, I finally found a chronic pain specialist who suggested I learn about Dr. Sarno's work. That was a year ago. I am SLOWLY unlearning my pain. Parts of it I developed as a child. I now realize that allopathic medicine will not provide a solution for me. Working through TMS programs such as this one give me the structure I need to carry on.