Healthcare and caregiving were spotlighted this week on a special edition of the Avoid the Maze podcast hosted by Karen Moss Hale. For Grace founder Cynthia Toussaint was joined by fellow CRPS sufferer Darci Steiner as they discussed the in's and out's of navigating a healthcare system that comes up short with pain management, especially for women. Later, they launched into appreciation for their long-time partners who helped keep love and hope alive.
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Continuing with our December Story of the Month, we're revisiting narratives till year's end that focus on trauma being a driver for persistent pain. In this extraordinary, long-format story, woman in pain Heather Grace shares how she braved the chaos of her childhood, often serving as the only barrier between her "monster" and other family members. Through her "hellscape", she maintained a strong sense of self-belief, persistence and defiance that helped her overcome the darkness. Though saddled with EDS and CRPS, Heather is regaining wholeness, piece by piece, while focusing on “the bright spots, instead of the rain.” We strongly recommend you read and share Heather’s heartbreaking and, ultimately, triumphant story. You'll be glad you did!
For Grace leaders John Garrett and Cynthia Toussaint will discuss the neuropathic pain experience on a "KNOWvember" Twitter chat hosted by US Pain Foundation tomorrow, November 30th at 4pm PST (7pm EST.) Joining Pain Specialist Dr. Peter Abaci and Pain Advocate Karen Duffy, John and Cynthia will share coping strategies, innovative treatments and self-care techniques to live fully despite this most challenging type of pain. Join them with your questions and comments!