From early childhood, Cindy Ann Olson faced what seemed an inescapable concern with pain. Her father suffered from chronic back problems while her mother was affected by Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease (CMT) – a disorder that alters the normal function of the peripheral nerves, and causes frequent episodes of both migraine and tension headaches. A hereditary neurological disorder, CMT also affected Cindy from the age of 7. “What the medical community offered me was a complex array of powerful pain medications,” Cindy recounts. “However, my headaches, body pain and loss of normal function in my feet and hands never went away, and by the time I was in college I lived in constant torment,” says Cindy.