For Grace's Change Agent Pain Summit: Part One was a great success, far exceeding our expectations. People in pain and their caregivers were heard loud and clear - and their barriers to care and solutions will be embedded in our efforts to implement the NIH's National Pain Strategy in California. Catch the magic of the day by watching our webcast archive on For Grace's website, viewing photos with detailed captions on Flickr and enjoying our wonderful day's highlight reel on YouTube.
For Grace founder Cynthia Toussaint doesn't like it when others get in the way of pain care. In a recent Pain News Network article, she supports a boycott of CVS and their new policy to restrict opioid prescriptions. Cynthia also takes issue with other pain advocacy organizations as For Grace stands alone in this action that defends pain patients. Link here to read this provocative piece.
Life was good in New York City for Woman In Pain Katie Gardner as she started what she hoped would be a long career as a healthcare professional. Then after a car accident, persistent pain began traveling up her leg, pain that her doctors soon starting dismissing even after she became bedbound. Now with fibromyalgia and many other pain-related disorders, Katie remains optimistic for a better tomorrow and is grateful "for all that I am able to do." To read Katie's bend-but-doesn't-break October Story of the Month, please link here.
For Grace leaders will be in Amsterdam on Monday and Tuesday (September 25-26) to participate in an ongoing Global Patient Advocacy discussion. The last discussion led to our founder Cynthia Toussaint presenting chronic pain at the World Health Organization's General Assembly in May in Geneva. We have high hopes for many more constructive discussions that will accelerate a better tomorrow for people in pain.