The US Pain Collaborative, comprised of advocacy leaders from across the pain community, today announced the publication of a report, titled “Chronic Pain Assessment: Patient Perspectives.” The report, driven by survey data on patient awareness and satisfaction with current chronic pain assessment instruments, provides patient-informed recommendations that should be taken by physicians, patients, and advocacy organizations immediately to improve the lives of people living with chronic pain. The full report can be found HERE. For Grace is proud to be a part of this effort to improve pain assessment for millions struggling to be believed!
For Grace Director John Garrett recently the International Pain Foundation's 2019 Hero of Hope award for Caregiving Advocacy. Along with recognizing his work as a voice for caregivers, the award applauds Garrett's unwavering support and care for his partner, Cynthia Toussaint, a 37-year sufferer of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, other auto-immune disorders and cancer. The award was given at iPain's Comic Pain Relief event in Los Angeles.
Check out For Grace's November Story of the Month. Woman In Pain Stephanie Thomson had a successful performing career and was just launching a new tour when a dance injury left her with severe back pain. After surgery and several alternative therapies failed to give her relief, Stephanie found a medication that mercifully worked. Still, her doctors are hesitant to continue this regimen as they're convinced she's a drug seeker. As Stephanie continues to fight for the med that gives her quality of life, she shares, "I grow weary of looking for a doctor to meet my needs and stick beside me."
Join For Grace founder Cynthia Toussaint on October 24th @ 1:30pm PT as she continues her "Miracle Makers" live stream series on The Mighty's Chronic Illness Facebook page. Interviewing inspiring women who are changing the chronic pain world for the better, this month Cynthia talks with researcher and woman in pain Christin Veasley, Director of the Chronic Pain Research Alliance. Christin will share what's cutting edge with pain treatment and policy - and how things are looking up for those battling persistent pain. Join in with your questions and comments...