Just in time for Pain Awareness Month, U.S. Pain Foundation is announcing the launch of a new blog.Called Remedy, the blog aims to provide people with the support they need to thrive despite chronic pain.
“While we offer an overview of U.S. Pain’s efforts in our newsletter and lots of educational information on our various websites, we saw a need for more timely content directly related to life with chronic pain,” says Emily Lemiska, Director of Communications. “We want to offer our community more tangible resources to improve their quality of life and more education to help inform their treatment decisions.”
In honor of Pain Awareness Month, U.S. Pain is ramping up its online event offerings, with one event each week throughout the month of September. All of the events are free and open to the public. Some events require advance registration.=&0=&. On Sept. 5 at 2 pm EST, U.S. Pain’s NIcole Hemmenway, Interim CEO, will host a 30-minute Facebook Live event in collaboration with The Mighty. Hemmenway, who is also author of the book “It’s not in my head: From wheelchair to marathon,” and Director of the INvisible Project, will talk about how she explains her pain to others and offer tips about sharing your pain story. Check The Mighty’s Facebook page for details=&2=& =&3=&
Whether cancer or arthritis, there are thousands of chronic conditions and health issues that can affect a person during their lifetime. What do all of these conditions have in common? They cause pain.
In honor of Pain Awareness Month, which begins Sept. 1, U.S. Pain Foundation is hosting a number of events and activities that aim to bring together people with pain and create more understanding about the challenges people with pain face. The theme for the 2018 campaign is #PainWarriorsUnite.
Pain Awareness Month is exactly one month away. This year’s theme is #PainWarriorsUnite, and U.S. Pain Foundation has a range of activities, campaigns, and events set up to help unify pain warriors and increase public understanding of the obstacles patients face. Some examples include a daily social media challenge, featuring special giveaways; weekly, free educational events; an op-ed campaign; and the annual Light up the Landmarks initiative.
While National Migraine and Headache Awareness Month (MHAM) wrapped up in June, U.S. Pain Foundation is continuing to raise awareness through its traveling display of the INvisible Project: Migraine second edition. Below is a photo recap of June and the ongoing efforts to bring about change for people living with headache and migraine disease.
July’s mindfulness meditation webinar began with a quote from a Buddhist monk: “When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another–and ourselves.” Webinar host Gwenn Herman, LCSW, DCSW, Clinical Director of Pain Connection and a person who has lived with pain for 20+ years, believes strongly in the efficacy of mindfulness. In “From ow to om: Using mindfulness to reduce pain and stress,” she taught mindfulness meditation to webinar participants hoping to use it as a tool in their treatment plan.
City & State: Eustis, Florida
Age: 53 years old
Pain Warrior role: Advocate since 2014
What type of health conditions you live with: Central pain syndrome post-stroke, stiff person syndrome, Grave’s disease post-thyroid cancer, hypercoagulation
What is your favorite tip for others with chronic pain: “There’s always a way! No matter your circumstance, keep looking until you find what works for you. Find you tribe, your support community and continue searching for that better quality of life. With technological advances progressing, there are more choices and resources to help pain patients than ever before. And never lose your sense of humor.”
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.