In The News
- Pain Awareness Month preparations have begun
- U.S. Pain hosts third annual gala with special guest Karen Duffy
- Pain Warrior of the Month: Dr. Sylvia Faircloth
Chronic pain comes in many shades. The descriptions alone can be colorful: throbbing, shooting, aching, burning, freezing, and so many more. Pain patients rarely describe their pain by using only one of these vivid explanations. Just as there are innumerable ways to describe pain, there are countless conditions that can cause or contribute to chronic pain; each condition is represented by its own awareness ribbon color.
Members of the pain warrior community came together June 2 for U.S. Pain’s third annual “Real Hope, Real Heroes” gala in Scottsdale, AZ. This year’s event specifically honored participants in the migraine and rheumatoid arthritis/rheumatoid disease editions of the INvisible Project.
Guests were surprised with a special appearance from Karen Duffy, an actress, TV personality and model best known for her work as an MTV video jockey in the 1990s and from roles in hit movies like “Blank Check,” “Reality Bites,” and “Dumb and Dumber.” Duffy lives with chronic pain as the result of sarcoidosis, a rare disease that impacts the brain and central nervous system. She has become an advocate for the chronic pain community and is the author of two books, including “Backbone: Living with Chronic Pain without Turning into One.”
City & State: Leesburg, Virginia
Age: 59 years old
Pain warrior role: U.S. Pain ambassador since 2017
What type of health conditions you live with: I am living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, SLE Lupus, Type 2 diabetes, migraines, and chronic back pain.
What is your favorite tip for others with chronic pain: “My tip would be to keep a spirit of peace. I believe our attitude has a lot to do with our healing process. For me, I try to extract something good. Pain never feels good but doesn’t have to overpower you.”
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Pain Medicine 411
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