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Vive LaFrance: Life as I know it

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I AM VIVE LAFRANCE

Kara LaFrance is a fine artist and graphic designer, returning to Rochester, NY having recently left the NYC area to be near family. She is also an acromegaly patient in "technical remission," with the addition of Small Fiber Neuropathy dx her chronic pain syndromes are all labeled "idiopathic." As an advocate, spreading awareness of this rare disease and chronic illness through her art, sharing her story and privately supporting all who seek her out the goal is purely quality of life.... for all.

ANSWERS and EXPLANATIONS

What would one say if I decided it was best to listen to all these doctors and seek mental health therapy and search for the end result of meditating myself out of crippling pain? If I went, I would already... Continue Reading →

Out of Context…

In my last post I ended up in a different direction. I did mention my pain management appointment was canceled two hours before it was scheduled to begin. It was rescheduled – he was late that day. I was an... Continue Reading →

I Thought This Update Would Be Different… It’s Not.

So, the orthopod was a “hip doctor only“ stress on the only — over and over. She was very nice, understanding and thorough. She actually had me do more than “push your leg against my hand as hard as you... Continue Reading →

Due Diligence

Late August 2020, we decided enough with this nonsense, we need more room, we need to be back to two bathrooms, a deck, green space – a grill! But before I can move anywhere I have to search for doctors.... Continue Reading →

“Creativity Knows No Barriers” ….Brilliant!

I’ve been wanting to do more blog posts — they run through my head. I do like pen to paper first… Dictate into the phone – fix those crazy dictation errors… Then it doesn’t make it here but I have... Continue Reading →

Faith. Hope. Charity.

This Article was the last Sunday of the first "Sunday Sessions" 27Dec2020. Kara LaFrance is an avid artist, graphic designer and rare disease advocate for acromegaly. We are proud to welcome Kara as the final writer in our deeply moving... Continue Reading →

RARE INSIGHTS

Kara LaFrance Shares Her Journey with Acromegaly -   Carrying On the Fight 20/10/2020 This story was previous published on Rare Revolution Magazine for their week of Acromegaly information and stories leading up to November First. The Official Acromegaly Awareness Day.... Continue Reading →

When COVID-19 Shut Down Her Therapies, Painting Became The Ultimate Pain Medicine

GUEST POST: Originally Published on Folks. For 24 years, artist Kara LeFrance has turned to art to help control her chronic pain. But when the pandemic shut down her ketamine treatments, her painting took on new urgency. Robin Kavanaugh — August 5... Continue Reading →

When the Doctor You Trusted is a Coward

Yep I said it. Or I could say lazy and disinterested. When your answers need to come from a professional – that means a doctor yet they do nothing. It has been a strange world and I wrote this along... Continue Reading →

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