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U.S. Pain is sponsoring the upcoming feature-length film, Becoming Incurable, which follows the lives of three patients living with incurable illnesses. Filmmaker Victoria Suan believes that by sharing their stories,  she can help create awareness for the hundreds of millions of individuals who suffer from chronic illness.

As part of the collaboration between U.S. Pain and Becoming Incurable, Suan recently created a four-minute film highlighting the stories of several U.S. Pain staff members and volunteers: Michaela O’Connor, Katie Golden, Suzanne Stewart, Terry Craig, and Julian Phillips. To see the video, click here.

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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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