Bio: Pamela Jessen

Pamela Jessen, Zebra Pit Contributing Writer

Hi! I’m Pamela Jessen and I live in Langford, BC, just outside of Victoria. I am happily married to my amazing husband Ray and we are the proud parents of 2 grown kids and 3 wonderful grandsons. We are also owned by one cat named Dorie. 

Pamela and Ray

I am a blogger who writes about Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue and Invisible Illness at  I also write for The Mighty, The UnChargeables and various independent publications. 

In addition to blogging, I am an active volunteer with the Patient Voices Network in BC.  Outside of PVN, I have also done volunteer work for Island Health as a Patient Partner, was a Patient Advisor on the 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain, and was a summer volunteer with the Downtown Victoria Business Association’s Busker Festival.

Currently, I sit on 4 different committees:

  • The Clinical Resource Committee for the BC Emergency Physician’s Network,
  • The Laboratory Quality Council for Vancouver Island, B
  • The Oversight & Advisory Council for Patient Voices Network
  • The Surgical Care Quality Measurement Group.

Additionally, I am a member of the BC Patient-Centred Measurement Blended Survey Consultation Group. I am passionate about Quality Improvement and seek out continual educational opportunities to learn and grow.

When I’m not busy volunteering, I love to hit the road with my hubby Ray on our motorcycle. Other interests in my spare time include reading, crafting, jewelry making and more writing…especially poetry and short stories. I also enjoy pampering my kitty Dorie. 

Featured Posts

My top five most viewed posts on the Zebra Pit:

  1. 10 Symptoms You May Experience With Fibromyalgia
  2. Going to the Emergency Room as a Chronic Illness Patient (and How to Make the Experience Better)
  3. Domestic Violence (It Affects Us All)
  4. Living With Forestier’s Disease, aka DISH
  5. IBS and Bowel Health With Fibromyalgia

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