"One may walk over the highest mountain one step at a time."
—Barbara Walters

Media Appearances

National Pain Report –  May 2017
“Pain  World Misfit”

National Pain Report – April 2017
“Unfriending My Pain”

National Pain Report – March 2017
“Remission Impossible”

National Pain Report – February 2017
“Heart Sisters”

National Pain Report – January 2017
“The Comfort That Doesn’t”

The Mighty—December 2016
“The Holiday ‘Digital Divide’ for Women with Chronic Pain”

National Pain Report—December 2016
The Good Doctors – Part Two

National Pain Report—November 2016
“The Good Doctors”

The Mighty—October 2016
“Reinventing Myself After Chronic Pain Ended My Career as a Ballerina”

National Pain Report—October 2016
“Using the Arts to Treat Chronic Pain”

National Pain Report—October 2016
“Stamina: Not Just a Buzzword for Women In Pain”

KBRITE-AM—October 2016
“Change is in the Air ”

PainPathways Magazine—September 2016
“Spotlight on 3 Valuable Pain Awareness Groups”

National Pain Report—September 2016
“A Woman In Pain Prepares to Speak to Women In Pain”

National Pain Report—September 2016
“Women In Pain Conference Draws Top Psychologist”

HealthCentral.com—September 2016
“10 Best Ways to Distract Yourself from Pain”

KBRITE 740 AM—September 2016
“Change is in the Air”

KPFK-FM—September 2016
“Access Unlmited”

National Pain Report—September 2016
“My Passion for Distraction”

PainPathways—Fall 2016
“New Technology for Caregivers”

LoveLetersLive.com—September 2016
“Women In Pain Conference Takes a (Hawaiian) Vacation”

Arthritis Today—October 2016
“The Pain Pill Problem”

National Pain Report—August 2016
“Women In Pain Conference to Take a Vacation—Literally”

National Pain Report—August 2016
“The Crime of Chronic Pain”

The Boston Globe—July 2016
“Living in a box: stories of chronic pain”

National Pain Report—July 2016
“CRPS: A Stacked Deck”

National Pain Report—June 2016
“Purple Tears: It Could Have Been Me”

National Pain Report—May 2016
“Opioids: Medicine or Candy?”

National Pain Report—May 2016
“My Story: Our Painful Memories—Friend or Foe?”

National Pain Report—April 2016
“Catastrophizing vs. Rational Alarm”

National Pain Report—April 2016
“The Chronic Pain Room”

National Pain Report—March 2016
“My Story: Stop the Stereotyping About Chronic Pain”

MariaShriver.com—March 2016
“Remember This Super Bowl Ad? It Showed the Need for Us to Open Our Hearts & Minds”

Examiner.com—March 2016
“Dancer Cynthia Toussaint from fields of torment to permanent beauty and grace”

National Pain Report—Febraury 2016
“My Story: Healthcare Companies Causing Pain”

Los Angeles Times (CA)—February 2016
“What the Super Bowl constipation ad didn’t say”

Forbes.com—February 2016
OICisDifferent: The Drug Behind The Super Bowl 50 Constipation Ad”

National Pain Report—February 2016
“My Story: The Suicide Dance”

LoveLettersLive.com—January 2016
“Cynthia Toussaint from fields of torment to permanent beauty and grace”

National Pain Report—November 2015
“Resilience to Chronic Pain – Some Tips”

National Pain Report—November 2015
“Interview: Coping with Chronic Pain”

National Pain Report—October 2015
“A Mother Daughter Team Fights Fibro, RA, CRPS and More”

National Pain Report—September 2015
“Some Gain & Some Strain for Women In Pain”

National Pain Report—September 2015
“Surprising Argument Over Chronic Pain Resiliency Erupts”

National Pain Report—September 2015
“Positive Emotions Can Help Fight Chronic Pain”

ABC7 (Los Angeles, CA)—September 2015
“2015 Women In Pain Conference Coverage”

National Pain Report—September 2015
“Pain Treatment for Women Improving—Still a Ways to Go”

KBRITE AM—September 2015
“Change Is In the Air with Nicole Smith”

HealthCentral.com—September 2015
“Using Burlesque and Pole Dancing to Come Back from Chronic Pain”

KPFK FM—September 2015
“Access Unlimited”

WSRQ AM—September 2015
“Salt & Light Radio”

National Pain Report—September 2015
“Women In Pain Conference to Focus on Resiliency”

National Pain Report—August 2015
“Cursing Chronic Pain? For Grace Says Yes!”

PainMatters.com—July 2015
“Beyond the Suffering, My Battle for Grace”

OhISee.com—July 2015
“Managing Chronic Pain—Cynthia’s Story”

National Pain Report—April 2015
“National Pain Strategy – Is It Focused On The Right Things?”

National Pain Report—April 2015
“We All Have a Comeback Story”

Lifescript.com—March 2015
“How a Hamstring Tear Derailed a Dancer’s Life”

East Windsor’s HamletHub—February 2015
“Former dancer deals with debilitating chronic pain disorder”

TheMindBodyShift.com—January 2015
“Former Ballerina Battles For Grace in Face of Complex Chronic Pain Syndrome”

LA-Story.com—January 2015
“Chronic Pain Is More Prevalent than Thought. Cynthia Toussaint & John Garrett Share 411”

MamaNaturalista.com—December 2014
“Cynthia Toussaint: A Ballerina’s Story Of Poise, Pain & Triumph”

BlogTalkRadio.com—December 2014
“Ask MomRN Show” (Segment starts at 33:30)

DisruptiveWomen.com—December 2014
“Managing Chronic Pain”

MedCrunch.com—December 2014
“Cynthia’s Story: Helping Women Who Live with Chronic Pain”

MelisaSource.com—December 2014
“Living With Chronic Pain: Cynthia Toussaint, FAME Ballerina Shares Her Story”

Motherhood-Moment.com—December 2014
“Healthy Habits: OIC and Chronic Pain”

Examiner.com—December 2014
“Cynthia Toussaint and John Garrett work together to fight chronic pain”

CandyWashington.com—December 2014
“Interview: Cynthia Toussaint, ballerina from “FAME” reveals her secret”

HealthCentral.com—November 2014
“Telling Their Story: Women In Pain Survey”

Cerritos College Talon Marks (CA)—September 2014
“Using Art to Cope with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome”

National Pain Report—September 2014
“Miss Understood: My Invisible Support Group”

National Pain Report —September 2014
“Women in Pain Report Significant Gender Bias”

healthcentral.com—September 2014
“2014 7th Annual Women In Pain Conference”

KCAA NBC Radio—September 2014
“Change is in the Air”

National Pain Report —August 2014
“Robin Williams and the Power of Truth-Telling”

PainPathways Magazine—August 2014
“A Different Kind of Hero”

National Pain Report—August 2014
“Women in Pain Survey Getting Brisk Response”

Pajama Daze Blog—August 2014
“Book Review: Battle for Grace”

LA Talk Radio —August 2014
“The Mother Love Show”

KPFK-FM (Los Angeles, CA)—August 2014
“Access Unlimited”

National Pain Report —August 2014
“Women In Pain: Tell Us How You Feel”

NIH Network—May 2014
“9th Annual NIH Pain Consortium Symposium”

National Journal—April 2014
“Stakeholders Offer Solutions to Prescription Drug Abuse”

AMA Wire—April 2014
“Federal lawmakers receive policy recommendations to halt Rx abuse”

CaregiversForHome.com—December 2013
“Amid Chronic Pain: Dreams Came True”

The Discovery Channel—November 2013
“Pain Matters” (For Grace partnered with, consulted on and is featured in this documentary)

HealthCentral.com—October 2013
“For Grace: A Voice for Women in Pain”

HealthCentral.com—September 2013
“Battle for Grace: An Interview with Cynthia Toussaint”

National Pain Report —September 2013
“Women in Pain Conference Draws Worldwide Web Audience”

National Pain Report —September 2013
“Getting Real: The Women In Pain Conference”

Caregiversforhome.com—September 2013
“Listen Up! 5 Tips for Being an Engaged Caregiver”

KPFK-FM (Los Angeles, CA)—September 2013
“Access Unlimited”

PainResource.com—September 2013
“Breaking Pointe: Going toe to toe with pain and sharing what she’s learned”

KCAA 1070 AM Radio—August 2013
“Change Is In the Air”

PainPathways Magazine—Fall 2013
“Getting Real with Pain”

PainResource.com—August 2013
“Monday Mantra: Be Inspired”

National Pain Report—July 2013
“Are Doctors Paying Attention to Women in Pain?”

National Pain Report —June 2013
“Why Step Therapy Needs to Stop”

LA Talk Radio—May 2013
“The Mother Love Show”

The California Channel—April 2013
“Assembly Health Hearing on AB 889”

MariaShriver.com—April 2013
“Words of Love”

National Pain Report —April 2013
“A Caregiver’s Journey with Pain and Self-Discovery”

PainPathways Magazine—April 2013
“A Pain-Wrecked Life… And How Recovery and Love Became Possible”

National Pain Report—April 2013
“Abused Women More Susceptible To Pain”

SIRIUS XM Radio—April 2013
“Aches and Gains”

National Pain Report—April 2013
“One Woman’s Story of a 30 Year Battle with Chronic Pain”

A Chronic Dose—March 2013
“Battle for Grace”

The Shriver Report—March 2013
“5 New Can’t-Miss Articles”

MariaShriver.com—March 2013
“Overcoming Suffering, Battling for Grace”

 

Media Appearances 2002-2012

BlogTalkRadio—November 2012
“Winning Life Through Pain”

American Progress Report—October 2012
“California Governor Vetoes Step Therapy Bill”

ABCNews.com—September 2012
“Annual Women In Pain Conference Focuses on Relationships”

KPFK-FM (Los Angeles,CA)—September 2012
“Access Unlimited”

American News Report—September 2012
“Patient’s Seek Faster Access to Pain Meds That Work”

LA Talk Radio (CA)—September 2012
“The Mother Love Show”

California Watch—July 2012
“Patient advocates, drugmakers fight insurers’ pain pill policies”

The California Channel—June 2012
“Senate Health Committee Testimony for AB 369”

Northstate Public Radio NPR (CA)—June 2012
“Morning Edition & All Things Considered”

San Gabriel Valley Tribune (CA)—June 2012
“Delay turns into disease for California women”

“Winning Life Through Pain” Talk Radio—May 2012
“How to be a Caregiver of someone with RSD”

ABCNews.com—April 2012
“Cancer Patients Suffer Unnecessary Pain”

PainLive.com—March/April 2012
“It’s Time to Put a Stop to Step Therapy”

myregence.com—March 2012
“Managing the Stress of Chronic Pain”

Comcast Cable Access (Sacramento, CA)—March 2012
“Live Wire”

Southern California Physician & MDNG Pain Management Magazines—March/April 2012
“Delay No More”

ABC World News with Diane Sawyer—February 2012
“Women In Pain”

ABCNews.com—January 2012
“Do Women Feel More Pain Than Men? Study says, ‘Yes'”

blogtalkradio.com—December 2011
“Winning Life Through Pain”

The California Channel—December 2011
“CA Informational Hearing about Opioid Abuse: Testimony”

MDNG Magazine—September 2011
“One Woman’s Dance with the Pain Experience”

KPFK-FM (Los Angeles, CA)—September 2011
“Access Unlimited”

ABCNews.com—August 2011
“Chronic Pain Is No Laughing Matter, Says Comedian”

MDNG Magazine—July 2011
“Sex/Gender Disparity in Pain and Pain Treatment”

ABCNews.com—June 2011
“Nation Fails Millions of Americans in Pain”

Southern California Physician Magazine—June 2011
“Restricting Red Tape”

ABCNews.com—June 2011
“Rheumatoid Arthritis Takes Toll on Young Adults”

San Francisco Chronicle (CA)—May 2011
“Small measure of relief from constant pain”

LifeScript.com—April 2011
“How to Ease Fibromyalgia Pain When Traveling”

Marin Independent Journal (CA)—May 2011
“Huffman bill would help pain sufferers get insurance for best pain killers faster”

Southern Califronia Physician Magazine—April 2011
“Let’s Delay No More”

ABCNews.com—April 2011
“Could Restless Leg Point to Troubled Heart?”

MORE Magazine—April 2011
“The Male-Female Pain Gap” (For Grace generated, consulted and interviewed for this article)

WBAL AM (Baltimore, MD)—March 2011
“Aches and Gains”

San Francisco Chronicle (CA)—February 2011
“State bill brings pain sufferers faster relief”

FOX News (Los Angeles, CA)—November 2010
“Women In Pain: Diagnosis & Treatment” (Picked up nationwide)

Los Angeles Times Magazine—October 2010
“The Best Medicine”

The London Times—September 2010
“Women in pain”

KABC7 (Los Angeles, CA)—September 2010
“Art Therapy Can Help Those in Chronic Pain”

KABC7 (Los Angeles, CA)—September 2010
“Laughter Plays a Key Role in Managing Pain”

Senate Majority Caucus News (CA)—September 2010
“Women In Pain Awareness Day”

KPFK-FM (Los Angeles, CA)—August 2010
“Access Unlimited”

Good Morning America—August 2010
“Cymbalta’s New Use: Pain Treatment”

AOL.com—August 2010
“Fail First? Is This Any Way to Practice Medicine?”

Bureau of National Affairs—July 2010
“California Plan Would Ban Step-Therapy Insurance Mandates for Pain Medications”

Southern California Physician Magazine—July 2010
“Don’t Delay”: Op-ed by Cynthia Toussaint

The Sacramento Bee (CA) —July 2010
“California bill would limit ‘step therapy’ in pain treatment”

The California Channel—June 2010
“Senate Health Committee hearing on AB 1826”

PainPathways Magazine—Summer 2010
“Pain Care Policy Act Offers Hope For Those In Pain”

The California Channel—April 2010
“Assembly Health Committee hearing on AB 1826”

California OneCare—April 2010
“365 Ad #43 John Garrett”

KQED’s The California Report —January 2010
“Health Dialogues: Pain”

Maria Shriver’s The Women’s Conference Website—January 2010
“How My Illness Brought Me Grace”

FOX News (Los Angeles, CA)—November 2009
“Medical Detectives”

FOX 11 (Los Angeles. CA)—November 2009
“Misdiagnosing Pain”

ABCNews.com—October 2009
“Chronic Fatigue Patients: No Longer Fakes”

Fox News (Los Angeles)—September 2009
“2nd Annual Women In Pain Conference”

KABC7 (Los Angeles)—September 2009
“Conference aims to empower women in pain”

Eastern Group Publications (Los Angeles, CA)—August 2009
“Low-Income Women and Minorities Are Being Left In Pain”

Eastern Group Publications (Los Angeles, CA)—August 2009
“Grupos Defensores Demandan una Investigación sobre Practicas Discriminatorias en Seguros de Salud”

Associated Press—July 2009
“Groups call on Calif AG to investigate insurance”

KPFK-FM (Los Angeles, CA)—May 2009
“Access Unlimited”

KPFK-FM (Los Angeles, CA)—May 2009
“Experience Talks”

Southern California PHYSICIAN—May 2009
“Patients in Pain” (.pdf) by Cynthia Toussaint

La Opinion (Los Angeles, CA)—April 2009
“Controversia por uso de medicinas contra el dolor”

ABC News—April 2009
“Patients Irate With Insurers’ ‘Fail First’ Policy”

The California Channel—April 2009
“Assembly Health Committee Hearing for AB 1144”

WYPR (Baltimore, MD)—April 2009
“Ached and Gains”

CNN—March 2009
“Fail First Press Conference”

KFI-AM (Los Angeles, CA)—March 2009
“Fail First Press Conference”

AARP The Magazine—January & February 2009
“Drug-Free Remedies for Chronic Pain”

PainPathways—Winter 2008
“Special Issue: Women & Pain”

The Sunday ADVOCATE (Stamford, CT)—November 2008
“Adopting an alternative”

ABCNews.com—December 2008
“Death Highlights Painful Condition”

ABC World News NOW’s “Healthy Life”—November 2008
“Dancer’s Career Ended by Chronic Pain”

ABCNews.com—November 2008
“When Your Pain Has No Name”

U. of Maryland’s Law & Healthcare Newsletter—Fall 2008
“Making a Difference in Individual Lives”

LA County Office of Women’s Health (CA)—September 2008
“Health Note: September is Pain Awareness Month in California”

LA CityView 35 Magazine (CA)—September 2008
“Faces of L.A.”

ABC News—August 2008
“On Call+ Pain Management Promotional Video”

In the Face of Pain—July 2008
“Advocacy Voices: Cynthia Toussaint”

Hope News (Duarte, CA)—July 2008
“Conference explores a painful ordeal for women”

PainPathways—Summer 2008
“Pain Advocacy Spotlight”

LA CityView 35 (CA)—July 2008
“Faces of L.A.”

For Grace’s Women In Pain PSA—June 2008
“Unsung Heroes”

KABC-Los Angeles (CA)—May 2008
“Women fighting pain are looking for answers”

Help My Hurt Blog—May 2008
“Company’s Calling: For Grace’s founder, Cynthia Toussaint speaks out”

KPFK-FM (Los Angeles, CA)—May 2008
“Experience Talks”

ABC News—May 2008
“Killer Jobs: 10 Pain Professions”

LA CityView 35 (CA)—May 2008
“Los Angeles City Council Meeting”

Sun Community Papers (Los Angeles, CA)—May 2008
“Spotlight on Women In Pain Conference”

Pasadena Star-News (CA)—May 2008
“Around the Valley” (Picked up by their affiliate papers in the San Gabriel Valley)

Time Warner Cable Network (Los Angeles, CA)—May 2008
“The Women’s Network”

KPFK-FM (Los Angeles, CA)—April 2008
“Access Unlimited”

ABCNews.com—April 2008
“Healing Meals; Foods That May Fight Pain”

New Mobility—April 2008
“Women In Pain Conference”

New Mobility—January 2008
“Story Tugs at Heart”

LA County Office of Women’ s Health Holiday Edition (CA)—December 2007
“ABC’s Women of Courage”

TMZ.com—December 2007
“Hollywood Cure for Pain”

KABC-Los Angeles (CA)—October 2007
“Women of Courage Awards Luncheon”

Sun Community Newspapers (CA)—October 2007
“Spotlight on Cynthia Toussaint”

KTLA-Los Angeles (CA)—August 2007
“The Great Los Angeles Health Care Rally”

New Mobility—March 2007
“Dr. Mary Sedgewick: Helping More than Ever”

Asheville Citizen-Times (NC)—April 2007
“Awareness brought to sharp pain syndrome”

The Asheville Channel (NC)—April 2007
City Hall ceremony proclaiming May as RSD Awareness Month

Woman’s Day—March 2007
“My Mystery Disease” by Cynthia Toussaint

Washington Post—December 2006
“Not Feeling Each Other’s Pain”

OneCareNow.Org Documentary (CA)—August 2006
“California’s Healthcare Solution”

Clamor Magazine—Fall 2006
“Universal Healthcare Coverage in the US and Other Timeless Jokes”

CNN—August 2006
“Paula Zahn Live”

CityBeat & ValleyBeat (Los Angeles, CA)—June 2006
“State’s Liberal Heartland”

Los Angeles Times (CA)—June 2006
“Taking a flier on election day”

KPFK-FM (Los Angeles, CA)—July 2006
“Access Unlimited”

ICA Update Newsletter—April/May 2006
“Cynthia Toussaint: Seeking a State of Grace for Women in Pain”

New York Times (NY)—May 2006
“Doctors Struggle to Treat Mysterious and Unbearable Pain” (Picked up nationwide)

Los Angeles Daily News (CA)—May 2006
“Crowded race in 42nd District”

Beverly Hills Courier (CA)—May 2006
“Candidate Trying To Do Something Impossible Again”

Los Angeles Times (CA)—May 2006
“Candidates Spar for Seats of Democratic Legislators”

Sun Community Newspapers (CA)—April 2006
“Candidate takes a stand against pain”

New Mobility—April 2006
“People in the News: Cynthia Toussaint”

Yakima Herald Republic (WA)—March 2006
“PAIN: Real, constant, searing” (NAC-generated media)

KPFK-FM (Los Angeles, CA)—March 2006
“Access Unlimited”

Hollywood Independent and West Hollywood Independent (Los Angeles, CA)—March 2006
“The Sprawling 42nd AD: Welcome to L.A.”

For Grace’s RSD PSA—February 2006
“Putting Out the Fire”

Local Daily News (West Chester County, PA)—December 2005
“Seeking relief” (NAC-generated media)

Discovery Health Channel’s Mystery Diagnosis— October 2005 to Currently Airing 
“Issac’s Nightmare” (Picked-up by The Learning Channel & Home and Health Worldwide)

Consumers Digest—October 2005
“New Treatments For Pain Relief”

Philadelphia Inquirer (PA)—August 2005
“Radical relief” (Picked up nationwide)

Belgrade News (MT)—August 2005
“Belgrade woman uses beauty crown to raise awareness of illness” (NAC-generated media)

South Florida Sun Sentinel—June 2005
“Parkland mother triumphs daily over crippling pain disorder” (NAC-generated media)

KOLD News 13 (Tucson, AZ)—July 2005
“Chronic Pain Expo” (NAC-generated media)

KLCS (Los Angeles, CA)—May 2005
Presentation proclaiming RSD Awareness Month in Los Angeles County

The California Channel—June 2005
Testimony before Senate Health committee for RSD Education Bill

Beverly Hills (213) Magazine (CA)—May 2005
“The Fastest Pain Reliever In Town”

ABC World News Now—May 2005
“Top Priority”

Pasadena Star-News (and all San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group papers) (CA)—May 2005
“Dealing with pain beyond endurance” (NAC-generated media)

Redlands Daily Facts (CA)—May 2005
“Walk to raise awareness, money for painful ailment” (NAC-generated media)

The Flint Journal (MI)—May 2005
“Paula Abdul disease could help battle neurological disorder” (NAC-generated media)

The California Channel—April 2005
Testimony before Assembly Health committee for RSD Education Bill

Cherokee Tribune (Cherokee County, GA)—March 2005
“Fighting through the pain” (NAC-generated media)

The Orange County Register (CA)—March 2005
“Second Chance” (Picked up by MSNBC)

Cherokee Ledger-News (Woodstock, GA)—February 2005
“Victim of lightning strike fighting to recover health” (NAC-generated media)

The Mercury (Pottstown, PA)—December 2004
“Going to great pains to live with RSD” (NAC-generated media)

American Pain Foundation—February 2005
“For Love of the Dance”

Folsom Telegraph (CA)—January 2005
“Suffering in Silence” (Picked up by the El Dorado Hills Telegraph (CA)) (NAC-generated media)

Citizen Tribune (Morristown, TN)—December 2004
“RSD patient crippled by pain” (NAC-generated media)

Sun Sailor (Wayzata, MN)—November 2004
“Champion high school swimmer raises awareness of pain disease” (NAC-generated media)

Pioneer Press (St. Paul, MN)—November 2004
“With RSD, part of the pain is being misunderstood” (NAC-generated media)

The South County Spotlight (OR)—October 2004
“RSD sufferer helps raise awareness of debilitating disease” (NAC-generated media)

New University (Irvine, CA)—November 2004
“It’s All For Grace”

The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA)—October 2004
“Group Helps Others Feel Women’s Pain”

Marin Independent Journal (CA)—October 2004
“Kentfield woman leads fight for pain awareness”

Public Broadcasting System—Fall 2004 through Spring 2006
“Healthy BODY, Healthy MIND: Pain Management”

TAKE CARE!—Fall 2004
“From Family Caregiver and Patient to Advocates”

The San Diego Union Tribune (CA)—September 2004
“Painful remedy?”

The Star News (Chula Vista, CA)—September 2004
“RSD Known As ‘Suicide Disease’” “More of us should know about RSD” (Opinion Column) (NAC-generated media)

Tribune Chronicle (Warren,OH)—August 2004
“Woman’s crusade a matter of grace”