It’s all about the quiet. The stillness of the lake. The gentle flow of the river. The steady hum of the perfect cast. For the fisherman, the goal is often to reach an almost zen state where people and nature become one. As English author Ted Hughes once explained, “Fishing provides that connection with the whole living world. It gives you the opportunity of being totally immersed, turning back into yourself in a good way. A form of meditation, some form of communion with levels of yourself that are deeper than the ordinary self.” Clearly, Ted loved himself some fishing. Nicola Gallo does too. He perhaps never realized how much as when his favorite pastime was impacted by the worst kind of noise. The loud, echoing boom of chronic pain coursing through his feet. Unlike many other chronic pain sufferers who have incurred a traumatic injury, Gallo’s challenging journey started off on a much quieter path.