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Melissa Dwyer, who took her own life at age 22 due to chronic migraine disease, is among the stories highlighted.

The INvisible Project: Migraine second edition was published at the end of May, just in time for the start of Migraine and Headache Awareness Month. The magazine features the stories and photos of 10 individuals living with migraine and headache disorders, building on the first INvisible Project: Migraine edition that was released last year.

“We are so thrilled to once again highlight the challenges and triumphs of people living with migraine and headache disorder,” says Nicole Hemmenway, interim CEO of U.S. Pain. “This population is too often overlooked and undertreated.”

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Middletown, Conn. (May 4, 2018)—With the release of its eighth edition of the INvisible Projecthis month, U.S. Pain Foundation is tackling the stigma of medical cannabis. The issue features the raw but inspiring stories and photos of 10 individuals using cannabis to help manage their chronic health issues.

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With the release of its eighth edition of the INvisible Project on April 15, U.S. Pain is tackling the stigma of medical cannabis. The issue features the raw but often inspiring stories and photos of 10 individuals using cannabis to help manage their chronic health issues.

The INvisible Project was first published in 2010 as a way to create more awareness about the trials and triumphs of people living with pain. Last year, an estimated 65,000 copies were distributed. Patients’ stories are also featured on displays, which are then exhibited at conferences and events across the country.

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Three of the INvisible Project RA/RD participants, including Leach, at far right.

The INvisible Project: rheumatoid arthritis/rheumatoid disease (RA/RD) edition is now available in print and online.

The publication includes profiles of 10 people living with RA/RD, showing the reality of life with pain, and why people with RA/RD need and deserve more help, treatment options, and research. The goal is to create public awareness and offer hope to other pain warriors living with RA/RD.

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As the flagship program of the foundation, the INvisible Project  unveils the truth about what it means to live with pain and thrive despite it. In an effort to support disease-specific communities, the latest edition of the project focuses on migraine disease — coming out just in time for Migraine and Headache Awareness Month in June! (For information about getting involved with Migraine and Headache Awareness Month, check out this article from last month’s eNews.)

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For seven years, the INvisible Project has brought to light the often-hidden challenges faced by those with chronic pain. Now, the campaign is expanding its mission by increasing to two editions this year and working to highlight specific patient populations. The two editions will focus on migraine disease and rheumatoid arthritis disease. The issue on migraine disease will be published next month.

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U.S. Pain is pleased to announce it will be sponsoring an exciting new film project, “Becoming Incurable.” The film explores the stories of three patients living with incurable diseases: dystonia, ankylosing spondylitis, and lyme disease.

Victoria Suan, the film director, says the first iteration of the film, “Inside Incurable Lives,” was, in part, inspired by U.S. Pain. After speaking with U.S. Pain ambassador Suzanne Stewart, Suan decided to approach the foundation about sponsorship.

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Social media influencer, activist and editor Devri Valazquez, was one of many who participated.

More than 500 people participated in the #MakeItVisible campaign during the month of October, reaching an estimated 400,000 members of the public. The campaign asked people to share a video or photo that made their invisible condition visible, using the hashtag, #MakeItVisible. For every photo or video shared, Healthline donated $5 to U.S. Pain in support of its mission, for a total of nearly $2,500.

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MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (Oct. 6, 2017)—Throughout the month of October, U.S. Pain Foundation is teaming up with Healthline on a campaign to bring awareness to invisible illness and raise money for a good cause. The request: share a photo or video that makes your chronic condition visible on social media with the #MakeItVisible hashtag. Make sure the post is public, not on private or friends-only settings.

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Now, more than ever, it is important for people with pain need to support each other, uniting to bring awareness and understanding. Throughout September, U.S. Pain will be providing numerous opportunities for you to join us in making a positive change for pain warriors. Take a look at some of U.S. Pain’s upcoming activities and events so that you can help honor Pain Awareness Month. It’s never too late to get involved, and there’s something for everyone, no matter what your abilities or interests.

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