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Art by Kristina Malmberg.

This year’s annual KNOWvember campaign, “Art Through Pain,” focused on how creative expression can be a useful tool for processing our experiences with chronic illness and even help us cope with daily pain.

Created by U.S. Pain Foundation, KNOWvember is a month-long educational campaign for the pain community. This year’s campaign offered virtual events, interactive social media posts, and an art submission initiative.

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The final online event in our Pain Awareness Month series will explore the ways in which patient advocacy–at both the state and federal levels–centers on sharing your personal pain story. The event will take place Wednesday, Sept. 25, from 11:30 AM – 12:30 pm EST.

U.S. Pain Interim CEO Nicole Hemmenway will moderate a panel discussion with Cindy Steinberg, U.S. Pain National Director of Policy and Advocacy, Shaina Smith, U.S. Pain Director of State Advocacy and Alliance Development, and special guest Rhode Island State Rep. Patricia Serpa.

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Tiny needles, big relief

Have you wanted to try acupuncture for your pain, but weren’t sure if it was worth it or didn’t know how to find the right practitioner? Maybe you’re interested in trying it, but needles make you nervous, and you want to know a little more about how it works.

At our next Pain Education Portal (PEP) Talk webinar on Friday, July 19, at 2:30 pm EST, we’ll learn about all this and more from expert acupuncturist Carrie Sawtell, LAc, of Many Rivers Community Acupuncture in Connecticut.

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Belleville, Illinois, March 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)Allsup, the nation’s premier disability representation company, is participating with the U.S. Pain Foundation to present an online seminar called, “Navigating Employment Challenges and When to Apply for Social Security Disability,” on Tuesday, March 19. The webinar provides an overview on assessing chronic pain’s effects and the ability to work, making choices about work and finances, working with medical providers, understanding eligibility for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI), and applying for SSDI with chronic pain conditions.

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Did you know that pain is the leading cause of long-term disability in America? During a webinar on March 19, we’ll be talking about the challenges of working with chronic pain and considerations for applying for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Our featured speaker is Rebecca Ray of Allsup, one of the leading national providers of SSDI representation.

Through the webinar, you’ll learn about:

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Navigating school systems on your child’s behalf can be overwhelming and confusing.

On Jan. 28 at 12 pm EST, the Pediatric Pain Warrior Program will host a webinar, “School accommodations: A parent’s guide,” to help parents and caregivers understand and advocate for their children at school.

The webinar will feature Mari Franklin, JD, an attorney specializing in children’s rights in the education system. Mari has experience with IEPs, 504s, and FAPE both professionally and personally–she has a daughter with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

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On Jan. 31, U.S. Pain Foundation’s Advocacy Network will host a free training session for existing advocates and interested volunteers to learn what it means to be a patient advocate.

Attendees will learn about issues impacting Americans with chronic pain and what patient advocacy really means.

Those who register will also learn about:

  • How decisions are made at the state and federal level
  • Building relationships with lawmakers
  • Various ways to advocate
  • Why sharing patient stories matter

To register, click here.

Learn more by watching a video here.

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Kids with pain have unique obstacles, and they deserve unique support. With this in mind, the 2018 theme for U.S. Pain’s annual KNOWvember campaign was pediatric pain. The month included daily facts on social media and four special webinar events.

Recordings of each event are now available via the links below. You can watch them at any time.

Cannabis and Children: Navigating Parents Through Stigma
Ellen Lenox Smith

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A recording is now available of U.S. Pain Foundation’s Nov. 26 panel discussion, “Chronic pain and the risk of suicide: A staggering crisis and what to do about it.”

The event was prompted by a study published this September in the Annals of Internal Medicine, which found that more than 10 percent of suicide cases in the United States involve chronic pain. Panelists discussed reasons behind this statistic, offer tips for coping with the mental health challenges pain creates, and gave suggestions for how clinicians and caregivers can help.

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According to a study published this September in the Annals of Internal Medicine, more than 10 percent of suicide cases in the United States involve chronic pain. We have long known that people with pain are more likely to struggle with depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation–on top of physical suffering. But this number is staggering, and indicates the need for more awareness around the degree of despair pain can cause.

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