Why We’re the Right Journalists to Do This

Our cred is two-fold: We’ve got firsthand experience dealing with chronic pain (we haven’t just been where you are . . . we are where you are), and we’ve got between us more than 60 years of experience as writers, researchers and editors for major magazines.

David Sharp is a journalist whose articles have appeared in many national magazines, including Health, Hippocrates, Consumer Reports on Health, Cooking Light, Bicycling, Reader’s Digest, Sports Illustrated, McCall’s, Women’s Sports & Fitness, USA Today and USA Weekend. His work has won the Jesse H. Neal Award for Editorial Excellence, the Lowell Thomas Silver Award for environmental travel writing and a Maggie Award for Best Feature Article. His career includes 10 years as a contributing editor at Health and Hippocrates, and he’s worked on the editorial staff of Consumer Reports on Health and as the editor of Health Digest. He’s also had chronic pelvic pain syndrome for more than a decade (hear him recount his chronic-pain odyssey in the following two episodes: “Our Anus Horribilis” and “Pain Demands a Rewrite”). 

Sheila De La Rosa is an editor whose career has taken her from interviewing steelworkers for a corporate newspaper in the Rust Belt to editing a Pacific Northwest home magazine for 13 years. In between those posts, she spent a decade as an editor at a custom-publishing company, where she edited Campus Voice, Women’s Health Advisor and Family Health Advisor, among other magazines. She has also been a columnist for Disney Adventures and has written three books for kids.