With a very heavy heart, we say goodbye to actor, For Grace supporter and our friend, Kevin Dobson. Some of you remember him from Knots Landing, but we'll remember Kevin as the eloquent, passionate man who always said "YES" to whatever we asked of him. Kevin turned everything to gold - and his generous spirit of service and honor will forever live in our hearts.
Monday's guest for Brian Bielanski's Let's Talk podcast is For Grace founder Cynthia Toussaint. Cynthia is one of the world's leading advocates for women in pain and recently beat breast cancer while dealing with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. She and Brian talk extensively about coping skills for chronic illness and the profound problems with US healthcare. Listen to this provocative and inspiring hour-long conversation on Apple Podcasts and all other major podcast platforms!
Taking steps to highlight September as Pain Awareness Month, For Grace signed on to a proclamation in the Bay State sponsored by the Massachusetts Pain Initiative and the US Pain Foundation. With Governor Charlie Baker's signature, the resolution states that pain is a major public health problem and that there still exists substantial barriers to effective pain care and a profound under-treatment of this often overlooked disease.
Check out For Grace's September Story of the Month as we continue our focus on the pain-cancer connection. Donna Pinto was blindsided a decade ago when she was diagnosed with Ductal Carcinoma In Situ (DCIS), also known as "Stage Zero" breast cancer. After initial conventional treatment left her disfigured and in chronic pain, Donna put the breaks on. She took a deep breath, centered herself and did extensive research that led her to a path for healing. Donna then started DCIS 411 to raise awareness of this controversial diagnosis that often does unnecessary harm.