ABSTRACT Purpose: The purpose of this study is to gain in-depth knowledge of how it is to live a life with phantom pain after trauma. How is it possible to live a full and active life with daily pain that conventional medicine is unable to cure? And how is it that some people are able to live seemingly fulfilling and meaningful lives after traumatic incidents while others are destroyed? Is this due to personal traits or effective coping strategies? The immodest ambition is to contribute to new ways of addressing phantom pain and rehabilitation, when conventional medicine is unable to ease the hurting. Theory: I have looked at well-known theories of pain such as The Specific Theory of Pain , The Gate Control Theory and The Theory of Nevromatisis . Antonovsky´s salutogenetic perspective is used in the interpretation of the results. Method: This is a study of a best case . The one informant, who is interviewed with a semi-structured, relatively open approach, has found a way to live a fulfilling and active life - despite daily pain and despite marginal help from established medical methods. Results: Six main components were identified in her self-management of pain: fighting spirit, the will to change, access to cultural assets, cognitive capacity, the ability to form relationships, and nutrition. Conclusion: Antonovsky developed in relation to his salutogenetic theory the term sense of coherence, which implies to what degree an individual is able to cope with extreme stressors in life. He included several criteria that in sum could predict an individual´s ability to cope with such stressors and in this paper I have looked further into Antonovsky´s work and learned that his theory is still a good way to predict a person´s capability to handle extreme stressors. My informant has taken full responsibility for her own recovery after she was shot in 2006, and her thoughts and actions following this event provide important and inspirational insights for healthcare professionals dealing with patients with pain that conventional medicine is unable to cure. It is also evident that more and bigger studies of phantom pain are needed in the future to fully comprehend how people are able to live- and cope with this kind of daily pain.