Carolyn Noel serves as the webmaster for the PAINS Project website, coordinating content for the website and social media and providing IT support to the team. She previously worked as the American Pain Foundation’s (APF) webmaster on multiple APF projects, serving as a Military/Veterans Advocate, a PainAid Team Advisor, Webinar Coordinator, as well as various fibromyalgia projects. Upon AFP’s closure in 2012, Carolyn opened her consulting business, CAN Connect, serving numerous clients, including the PAINS Project.
Carolyn was severely injured in a rear-end auto collision in 2002 and has lived with chronic pain ever since. She has been diagnosed with fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, six herniated discs, a traumatic brain injury, peripheral neuropathy, basilar artery migraines, sciatica, etc. Noel spent nearly five years in a wheelchair but is now walking again. She shares her story of the many challenges she has faces along with her successes as a means of inspiration to others in pain.
She served for six years in the Marine Corps attaining the rank of Sergeant and is a former Captain with The Salvation Army with extensive experience in administration, social work, religious ministries, finance, and computer technology. Noel advocates for her fellow veterans, military personnel, and civilian pain patients alike, participating in numerous speaking engagements and media opportunities. She also continues her social service work by serving on the advisory council of her local Salvation Army Corps.