About the founder of Hope Instilled: Jory Pradjinski
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Jory Pradjinski has been living with chronic pain since injuring his L5-S1 disc in his lower back in 1987. He tried conservation treatment options which included traction and a body cast, yet they failed to relieve his pain. Back fusion surgery of his L5 vertebra to his sacrum (S1) was needed. The first three surgeries, within 6 years, failed to fuse the L5-S1 level. His pain continued to worsen, which affected his mental health as well.
In 1996 Jory had two more surgeries within three days, which included surgical hardware and an internal bone growth stimulator, as well as a stick of bone harvested from his right hip. Finally, there was a successful fusion.
Adding to this, in 2006 Jory was in a severe auto accident, rear-ended, which left him with cervical disc problems and a traumatic brain injury. Today, Jory lives with over 30 traumas since the original injury. His pain continued to worsen even after the successful surgery.
The repeated surgeries and increasing pain left him feeling isolated and he knew his family and friends could not understand. With no support system, he retreated into himself and experienced depression, anxiety, complex PTSD (C-PTSD), dissociative amnesia, and suicidal thoughts. It became difficult to keep a job and finally, he stopped working in 2008. The pain was too unbearable, and his concentration was quite damaged.
In January of 2013, he fell at home and dislodged his L4 vertebra. He was very overweight and on high doses of opioid pain medications. The vertebra went back into place after several months. It was then that Jory began to seek alternative treatments for his pain, and he has found many which have been beneficial. His recovery included getting his weight under control which helped him eventually get off prescription pain medications. Although Jory continues to live with chronic pain, he can function better than medically explainable.
Somehow through it, Jory kept having the repeated thought in his head that "this is not the way my life should be". He believed he was here for a reason. Hope was the one thing that kept him going, even though there were many times he hung on by a bare thread.
In 2016 Jory created Hope Instilled which provides resources and information for people living with chronic pain to improve the quality of their life. These are resources he was unable to find on his journey. Also, to offer peer support which he did not have. Next was the development of Hope Against Pain, an action-based, peer-to-peer chronic pain support group. 2020 has brought forth the development of Every1in, which held its first virtual event in October. Every1in providing resources and information to enhance, and enrich, the lives of people living with disabilities.