For her tireless work to improve the lives of chronic pain patients, Suzanne Stewart, a pain ambassador and advocate for the state of Michigan, has been selected as the Joselynn Badmann Pain Ambassador of the Year. The award, now in its second year, honors an ambassador who has excelled in making a positive difference by supporting U.S. Pain’s mission and by advocating on behalf of the pain community as a whole. Although Stewart only recently became an ambassador and advocate in November 2015, already her impact has been felt throughout the organization.
“It is an awesome honor to receive this award and to follow in the footsteps of Joselynn Badman,” says Stewart. “After reading about her tenaciousness and her power of positive attitude, I will always strive to be like her.”
Stewart suffers from reflex sympathetic dystrophy/complex regional pain syndrome, among other conditions. But that doesn’t stop her from being a tireless advocate on behalf of chronic pain patients. From participating in Beautify in Blue in her hometown of Canton, Michigan, to hosting information tables, Stewart has provided knowledge, guidance and hope to the pain community.
Outside of her work with U.S. Pain, Stewart’s writing has been published by Pain News Network, The National Pain Report and the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association. She also uses American Sign Language to make YouTube videos of positive songs, which are meant to “inspire and cheer people up.” Stewart has already been recognized twice for her work in 2016, once by her hometown for raising awareness for chronic pain patients throughout Pain Awareness Month, and, most recently, when she received a special recognition from Gov. Rick Snyder, highlighting her willingness to advocate despite her own health challenges.
“We are delighted to honor Suzanne with our highest award for volunteers,” says Paul Gileno, U.S. Pain’s president and founder. “We are so grateful for ambassadors and advocates like her, who are always willing to help out, no matter how big or small the task.”
For more information about the award, visit https://uspainfoundation.org//awareness/awards/.