If elected, I'll join The Squad as the only disabled woman in the US House and a voice for Disability Rights and Injured Workers.
Amanda was raised in Beaverton, OR where she lived with her parents and three siblings. She attended Jesuit High School in Portland, OR and was a recipient of the President's Award for Community Service. After high school, Amanda attended Western Oregon University (WOU) where she studied International Relations, Spanish, and Sociology, focusing on Community Organizing and Immigration. In 2009, Amanda was awarded WOU’s Saul Alinsky Community Organizing Award for her work with the Monmouth-Independence Tenants Union. Amanda volunteered for the Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts, and was a volunteer EMT at Polk County Fire District No. 1. In 2012, Amanda was diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS), following a work-related injury. Since her diagnosis, she has become a relentless advocate for chronic pain, patients, and disability rights.
Amanda has dedicated her life to improving her community and tries to teach her son, Keagan, to do the same. Since high school, she has been marching for police reform, immigrant rights, LGBTQ rights, government reform, women’s rights, and more. In 2016, she traveled to Standing Rock to stand with the Water Protectors against the Dakota Access Pipeline. In her free time, Amanda tutors and mentors local kids from ages 10 to 18, helping with homework, and teaching them to be better and demand more from our government. For her, there’s no battle too big or fight too hard to take on. Now, she's determined to take the fight for equality and justice to Congress.
Patient and Disability Rights:
In 2016, Amanda was the WEGO Health Advocate Rookie of the Year for her work
Amanda is a firm believer in leading by example. She understands the situation facing a majority of families across this country, and a majority of us are not earning $174,000/year. If elected, Amanda promises to continue leading by example by reinvesting at least $100,000/year of her tax-payer salary back into Oregon District 1 and directly into projects that benefit the low-income, homeless, and youth in our community.
Awards: President's Award for Community Service
Studied International Relations, Spanish, and Sociology
Focus of studies: Immigration Between US and Mexico
Awards: Saul Alinsky Community Organizing Award
During college, Amanda was fortunate enough to study abroad in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico where she studied Spanish & Immigration
"Complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS) is a disorder in which pain, occurring spontaneously or from a sensory stimulus, is disproportionately far more painful than it should be. An example of this would be light touching of the skin, which normally is not painful, yet it causes extreme pain perception in CRPS patients. The disproportionate pain is also reflected in normally painful stimuli, such as a pinprick, hurting more than it should (hyperalgesia). CRPS usually affects one limb after a limb injury or surgery. Usually patients with CRPS will experience limited use of their affected limbs due to the pain. Besides increased perception of pain, other signs and symptoms that are seen with CRPS particularly in its early stages are a warm, red, and swollen extremity on the affected side. " --NORD
Amanda's RSD/CRPS is Stage 4, which means it affects her whole body, including her internal organs.
While each patient is different, the key to treating RSD/CRPS is proper pain management. Not only does Amanda have a Spinal Cord Stimulator to manage her full-body pain, but she also uses Opiate Pain Management and Medical Marijuana under the care and direction of a Pain Management Specialist. Amanda has specifically chosen this method of treatment method due to the increased functionality, quality of life, and clarity of mind it provides her. Amanda is fortunate to have supportive doctors who understand the impact proper pain management can have on a patient's quality of life.
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