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.
Women and men in pain, this is your chance to make a big impact on pain care for millions. For Grace's 10th annual event will convene people with pain and their caregivers to glean insight about barriers to pain care and suggested solutions. We'll take what we learn to healthcare and policy leaders at our 2018 Summit Part Two where we'll work to implement the National Pain Strategy that coins Integrative Care as "best practice." Link HERE to learn more about our September 22nd event - and link HERE to watch the live, worldwide webcast starting at 9am PT. We invite you to join our day-of conversation by using the hashtag #WIPconf2017 on Twitter!
The pain patient voice for better care is front and center in an article about For Grace's Change Agent Pain Summit: Part One running on the National Pain Report. Founder Cynthia Toussaint shares her strong view that these "experts" have been left out of care decision making for too long. People in pain and their caregivers will speak out at the September 22nd summit to help move the National Pain Strategy forward, get integrative pain management on the map, and, most importantly, improve pain care for others. You can view the summit via live webcast starting at 9am PT by linking HERE.