U.S. Pain is asking its community to take a 22-question demographics survey. The survey takes about seven minutes to complete and covers types of pain condition, pain severity, treatment options, and more.

“We want to make sure we are effectively supporting and advocating for our pain warriors,” says Nicole Hemmenway, Interim CEO of U.S. Pain. “In order to do that, we need to understand their experiences.”

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Age: 60 years old

Pain warrior role: U.S. Pain advocate since the inaugural meeting of US Pain in CT

What type of health conditions you live with: Complex regional pain syndrome, spinal column injury, traumatic brain injury

What is your favorite tip for others with chronic pain: “I would tell the young boy scouts I used to lead up and down mountains who complained so much about the pain they were in “Pain Builds Character” (PBC). To this day, every time I hurt I would try to quote my own mantra to myself. I have now added the mantras ‘Such Is Life’ and ‘Life Is Good’. Therefore, at the grand old age of 58, I learned perhaps the most important lesson of my life and that is: SIL-PBC-LIG or in longhand, Such Is Life, Pain Builds Character, Life Is Good.”

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