Barby Ingle is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Power of Pain Foundation, as well as a motivational speaker, bestselling author, and patient advocate. She has been a living with an autoimmune condition known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy since 2002. In 2006 she began mentoring other patients through The RSDHope Organization in 2006 and has been involved with the Power of Pain Foundation in various positions since 2007.
Prior to her auto accident causing chronic pain and subsequent surgeries, Barby was a business owner, event coordinator, and head coach at Washington State University for the cheerleading and dance program. She graduated from George Mason University in 1994 with a degree in Social Psychology.
As a volunteer patient advocate, Barby uses her skills from a lifetime of cheerleading to inspire and motivate patients to be self-advocates and offers tips and tools for patients, caretakers, and healthcare professionals. Barby has authored three books on health related issues; RSD in Me! A Patient And Caregivers Guide To Dealing With RSD And Other Chronic Pain Conditions (2009), ReMission Possible; Yours If You Choose To Accept It (2011), and The Pain Code; Walking Through The Minefield of the Health System (2012). She has been featured locally and nationally in radio interviews, newspapers, magazines, print ads, internet ads, and television. Because of her unique story of inspiration Barby appeared on the national shows Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers and The Newlywed Game in 2012, and was featured on The Doctors TV show February 2013.
Recent Honors include “2012 You Are Our Hero” Award from the Neuropathy Action Foundation; Nominated in 7 categories for the 2012 WEGO Health Activist Awards: Best In Show: Facebook, Best In Show: Twitter, Best In Show: YouTube, Paperboy, Ms Congeniality, Health Hero and Offline Crusader.