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Karen’s Posthumous Introduction

Karen Blue Wolf

My name is Karen Shettler Paddock. I am dead. I committed suicide on August 7th, 2013 as I could no longer stand the excruciating headache caused by Intracranial Hypotension due to Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Leaks. A condition that is more common than many think (for example actor George Clooney had/has a CSF Leak and considered suicide), yet it is so unknown that some doctors argue the condition does not even exist.


It has been estimated that ten percent of the 30,000,000 suffering from migraine headaches per day are actual suffering from this condition, that is three million (3,000,000) people per day!


Not even my love for my husband, Bob, love for my dog, Garth, and family, could keep me going, which is how powerful the pain from a CSF Leak/IH can be.


I want this book and my website to be a resource of CSF Leaks (CSFL) and the few other conditions that cause similar pain. None of those left behind foresaw me taking my own life; they are devastated.


This is My Story of my complete medical history and life so that you do not have to repeat our mistakes and will get the correct treatment that you need. People tell Hubby they are in tears by the time they reach the end of My Story on my website that this book is based upon.

The Mystery Headache: Migraine, Positional Headache, Spinal Fluid Leak?

Dr Ian Carroll, MD, MS Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Preioperative and Pain Medicine of Stanford University Medical Center has created a hour- plus video explaining CSF Leaks. Make sure your family watches it with you, it will help them understand!

The last picture ever taken of me, about two weeks before my death, hope is gone...


“Karen’s first-hand account of her illness gave an honest, heart-wrenching depiction of what it is like to live with debilitating pain day-to-day.”

The Derrick Newspaper front-page story, September 8, 2014.

This is the single most important take away I want you to have from this book. Twenty-plus years ago, this is all that needed to happen, a doctor saying this: “You have a headache when you are upright, but not laying down. Sounds like a Spinal CSF Leak. Lets get you sealed and healed…”

Running for Karen

“I was a passionate runner prior to my csf leak. This year I wanted to participate in our city’s annual 4-mile run/walk event. I really didn’t think I could do it, but it was Karen’s story that kept me going. She went through so much for so long, that I knew I could endure some pain to honor her. This one is for you, Karen Shettler Paddock.” ~ Janelle Hermes Hibiske —2013

Janelle Hermes Hibiske

“I used to be an avid runner, but am grateful that once a year I have been able to participate in our city’s annual 4-mile. This is the second year that Karen’s strength and knowing the pain she went through for so long has kept me going and my daughter joined in too. So this is for you Karen Shettler Paddock… —2014” The sign reads “This is for you Karen. We will never forget.”

Janelle Hermes hibiske and Myah

The photos were taken at Parkview Field
in Fort Wayne, Indiana, which is where
the finish line is for the events.

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