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.
The U.S. Pain Foundation doesn’t just represent patients with one specific condition; U.S. Pain represents all pain patients, regardless of the underlying cause. The multitude of conditions represented by the various colorful awareness ribbons led to the creation of U.S. Pain’s pain warrior bracelet. The colors are swirled and integrated to represent the unifying of pain patients: brought together by a shared understanding of what it means to live with pain and a common goal of raising awareness.
Just as the pain warrior bracelet unites the various conditions that cause pain, Pain Awareness Month (PAM) is a time to unite all people affected by pain. Pain patients across America, as well as their friends and family, are encouraged to participate by:
- Requesting proclamations from local officials declaring September as Pain Awareness Month
- Distributing resources or host/participate in a local community pain awareness event with a display table
- Contacting businesses and seeking out partners for the Light up the Landmarks initiative
- Encouraging friends and family to show their support by helping you decorate your community with Beautify in Blue ribbons and signage
- Setting social media abuzz by participating in the 30-day challenge
The Ambassador Team is available to support you every step of the way with whatever activity you choose to pursue. If you have questions, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
Pain patients need to speak up in order to be heard. Get involved today! To receive the latest updates about PAM, sign up as an ambassador here.