I was diagnosed in 2006 and surgery in 2008. Life with Chiari is hard, but I do not allow my circumstance get to me because The Lord does not put more on you than you can bear. I am in constant pain, but it could always be worse. I just want to encourage everyone to keep a positive attitude and don't allow people to give you a pity party. You are not a pity party...you are a testimony for others. Just thought I would post to encourage those who get down and out about their condition. You are a person who have Chiari but Chiari does not define who you are and what you can be.