In 2022, For Grace will spotlight stories in three different areas of interest for our ongoing Share Your Story Project - (1) women in pain who've experienced gender bias in their pain care, (2) men and women who've experienced both pain and cancer and (3) men and women who've experienced trauma that lead to illness including chronic pain. If you've got a story that matches one or more of these profiles, please submit it and have your voice heard! Together, we heal...
As part of US Pain Foundation's KNOWvember campaign to raise awareness of neuropathic pain, For Grace founder Cynthia Toussaint shares her near 40 year journey with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Featured along with Dr. Peter Abaci, Toussaint tells how this confounding disease, characterized by intense burning pain, radically changed her life at 21 years of age - and that for years doctors dismissed her complaints as "all in her head." She caps the piece with why she started For Grace, stating "I didn't want what happened to me to happen to anyone else."
Last week podcaster Pat Wetzel interviewed For Grace founder Cynthia Toussaint on her latest episode of Bump In the Road. This engaging conversation covers many topics on health and healing, with a special focus on the power of expressive therapy (music, art, acting, etc.) as a driver for better wellness. Toussaint spoke about her love of singing - and how her latest CD, Crazy, inspires women in pain to follow their passion. Link HERE to catch this pitch perfect chat.
Continuing with our November Story of the Month, we'll revisit stories till year's end that focus on trauma being a driver for persistent pain. Author Diana Whitney was diagnosed with Interstitial Cystisis in 2003 after a year of excruciating pelvic pain. Besides using conventional treatments, Diana enlisted the assistance of bodyworkers and holistic healers who explored previous pelvic-region trauma as her pain's root. Now pain-free, Diana is giving voice to the young woman's experience, and is "determined to be honest and open, to model self-love and resilience, and to see myself as a survivor, not a victim." Her book, You Don't Have to Be Everything, is an Amazon best seller, receiving accolades from Time and the Boston Globe among others.