Striving to Thriving
Striving to Thriving

Striving to Thriving

The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but reveal to them their own." - Disraeli

Overview

Do you suffer with chronic pain of any kind? Do you want to make a positive change in your life? Are you going through changes you didn't expect? Do you just want to "up your game" in this thing you call life? If you answer "Yes" to any of these questions, you've come to the right place. As your coach, my job is to walk beside you helping you mine those precious jewels that make you the wonder that you are, and maybe do some stone-setting and polishing, focusing on what's important to you - Your Quality of Life.

Meet David

Greetings I am in that roughly 20% of the world’s population that suffers with chronic pain, which explains why I made it my life’s work helping those wanting to reclaim their lives from chronic pain...
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Book Project

The Book Project The book project “Striving to Thriving” is the title of my book and flagship reference with a target publication in the summer of 2022 (if the publisher cooperates). Striving to Thriving is...
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Coaching

Q: What is Coaching? Coaching is a vehicle for helping people to achieve higher level of well-being and performance and work particularly well change is hard. Coaching is a growth promoting relationship eliciting autonomous motivation....
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Podcasts

  Striving to Thriving Podcast This is the Striving to Thriving Podcast page providing a listing of the podcasts David Hall produced in his first series, Pain 101. Pain 101 touches many of the challenges...
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My Coaching Philosophy

My coaching philosophy is, coaching services exist to benefit the client. The needs of the client always have top priority. The coaching partnership/relationship is based on an attitude of profound acceptance that: that values the...
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Chronic Pain Support Groups

Free support groups You’re Not Alone   Support groups can provide a wealth of knowledge and experience for those seeking solutions and options in the management of their pain. The Pain Connection is a division...
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Meet David

Greetings

I am in that roughly 20% of the world’s population that suffers with chronic pain, which explains why I made it my life’s work helping those wanting to reclaim their lives from chronic pain (or any other challenging life situations for that matter). Having chronic pain is not a requirement or prerequisite for my coaching services. I enjoy coaching anyone wanting to make positive changes in their life, always honoring the client’s autonomy in making changes or course adjustments in their life. 

If we were to meet in person, I’d offer you a cup of coffee if in the morning or iced tea if in the afternoon in Phoenix’s scorching desert sun. We’d exchange likes and dislikes getting familiar with each other. If we meet online, it would be the same, but without the beverages.  You would quickly find that I like people, especially those on a quest of continual growth. You would come to know that learning and helping others are passions of mine, as is laughing about the ironic things in life, and how we often find ourselves in the middle of them.

It is important for coaches to create a special environment where potential clients feel comfortable and safe enough to share what’s on their mind. It’s all about relationship and trust within that relationship that makes coaching of any value. Without trust, little if anything will have significant or lasting value.

The Beginnings

My journey toward working with clients having chronic pain started in 2007 with me hanging upside down in my truck after it rolled one and a half times. After receiving subdural and epidural hematomas, a skull fracture and ruptured L5-S1 vertebrae, the ER doctor had me transported me to the ICU in Barrow Brain and Spine, the world renown neurological institute in St. Joseph Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. This would be one of several stays at that wonderful facility.

Eventually, I needed a spinal fusion, which was a success. However, when an orthopedic surgeon damaged that fusion in a hip replacement surgery, my lower back pain from the rollover returned, and with a vengeance. Ultimately, this led to the first of multiple spinal cord stimulator implants to manage the pain. During one of those surgeries, I contracted a rare disease, CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) recognized as one of (if not) the most painful chronic pain conditions known, according to the McGill Pain Index.

Throughout my journey of struggles with pain I met some very interesting people. Some were fine doctors, physical therapists, occupational therapists, and some of the best nurses you would ever want to know. Their influence in my life helped steer the course of my future, helping me reclaim my life from chronic pain.

Heroine and Healer

But the most interesting and influential person on my journey was Dr. Lisa Jo Stearns, MD (1958 – 2020).  My first meeting with her was immediately after they discharged me from a 6-week stay at Barrow Brain and Spine in St. Joseph Hospital.  She worked me into her schedule between appointments.

She was always very direct. In our first meeting she informed me, “I’ve already made arrangements for you to work with a physical therapist. He has experience treating CRPS.  I’m telling you up front, he will put a world of hurt on you, but I don’t care. What I do care about is you following my instructions so you don’t lose that foot. More importantly, I want you to get your life back.” What made Dr. Stearns special, is she treated the whole patient, not just symptoms.  Beneath her tough exterior was a gentle giant committed to healing you-body, mind and spirit.

Patient education is an integral part of her practice. If you were a patient, you had to go to “group.” I’m not a join-the-club kind of person and was very negative at first. However, her group sessions were all about education, equipping and empowering patients to regain hope, function, and returning to a productive life. Dr. Stearns and her group facilitators did (and still do) an amazing job bringing patients to a place of empowerment and options. 

Dr. Lisa Jo Stearns, MD
Physician, mentor and friend

Fast forward a year and a half later, and the tone of our conversations was different and challenging. In one appointment I had with her, Dr. Stearns told me, “David, you have moved from striving to thriving in a brief time. You’ve learned a great deal about chronic pain and how to overcome and live despite it. What you do with that knowledge will say what kind of man you’ve become in this process. You need to think about that as you drive home.”

Dead silence.

I didn’t know how to respond. But, that was one of those “teachable moments” and I knew it would forever change my life. I just didn’t know exactly how.

For more than 3 decades I enjoyed working in the microelectronic and biomedical device industry, but I felt called to leave engineering consulting and work with those struggling with chronic pain. I felt (and feel) compelled to help others as Dr. Stearns helped me, so the rest is history. After receiving two certifications enabling me to coach individuals and lead groups, she invited to work in her practice working with her groups. She is the inspiration behind all the work I do, and is greatly missed.

One dictionary defines heroine as, “a woman admired for her courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities.” Dr. Stearns had all three.

I have since left her practice and started Striving to Thriving, coaching not only clients struggling with chronic pain, but also those simply desiring greater enjoyment and fulfillment in life. It is so rewarding for me to coach individuals who feel their future should have more hope, joy, happiness and social engagement with others in their life.

It is time to reclaim the wonder and excitement life can offer. If life is not what you need or want, don’t give up hope. Contact me and get on the calendar. Let’s start a conversation about you, your hopes and develop a vision for your life, and figure out how to you get there.

The Book Project and Podcasts

When I’m not coaching or hosting chronic pain support groups, I’m working on completing my book. The title is, “Striving to Thriving.” It is a practical resource for reclaiming your life from chronic pain.  When coaching, writing and podcasts allow, I enjoy playing bass guitar, woodworking and abstract painting. I am a believer that art and music can play a significant role in one’s quality of life. When doing any of those three activities I’m virtually pain-free, but more importantly enjoying life!

Reach Out

I am dedicated to helping clients and their families advocating whether they are experiencing chronic pain, chronic illness, and educating professionals on treating those experiencing chronic pain and or chronic medical conditions. 

If you struggle in chronic pain, want more out of life, or just want to shake things up, I want to speak with you. But, you must take the first step and contact me. You can send me an email to david@strivingtothriving.com, or through our Contact Me page, or by phone at 480.861.1082. We’ll have a conversation and get things started at a relaxed pace.

I welcome the opportunity to speak with you in absolute confidence, and help you reclaim the joy in life you know should experience.

Be well and be blessed,
David Hall