"All good things come to those who are patient"
~Cynthia Toussaint, Founder, For Grace

“The Pain-Cancer Connection” Hosted By Cynthia Toussaint

For Grace’s “The Pain-Cancer Connection” series will stream monthly via Facebook Live in partnership with The Mighty, the leading online site for chronic illness advocacy. The show will be hosted by For Grace founder Cynthia Toussaint who’ll interview leading experts (healthcare professionals, advocates, authors, etc.) on the intersection between cancer and chronic pain – and air on five of The Mighty’s pages including Chronic Pain, Chronic Fatigue, Chronic Warrior, Cancer and the Main MightySite.

This educational series will explore, among other related topics, how high-impact chronic pain puts patients at risk for cancer and how traditional cancer treatment often leads to chronic pain. The series will also emphasize the use of integrative medicine (conventional, complimentary and self-care) as a valuable core therapy for both diseases.

Join Cynthia every third Tuesday of the month @ 2pm PST at The Mighty for a lively interview that’ll explore the connection between pain and cancer – while inspiring those struggling with one or both diseases to thrive for better days ahead!

Upcoming Guests

Tuesday, April 21, 2020 @ 2pm PST

Karen Smith

Karen Smith is a long-term chronic pain patient and advocate who created a 10-minute video called “Karen Smith: The Stigma and Social Consequences of Chronic Pain” to raise awareness of the challenges and hardships that face people with this life-altering disease. She has used her extensive speaking skills to articulate her experiences as well as empower patients. After safely using opioids for years, she was able to taper her pain patch and oral medications down by half on her own. Unfortunately, she is now dealing with horrific neuropathic pain in her chest wall from radiation treatment for breast cancer.

To learn more about Karen and her advocacy, please link here:

Tuesday, May 19, 2020 @ 2pm PST

Dr. Wayne Jonas

Wayne Jonas, MD, is a board-certified, practicing family physician, an expert in integrative health and health care delivery, and a widely published scientific investigator. Additionally, Dr. Jonas is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Medical Corps of the United States Army. From 2001-2016, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Samueli Institute, a non-profit medical research organization supporting the scientific investigation of healing processes in the areas of stress, pain and resilience. Dr. Jonas is currently the Executive Director of Samueli Integrative Health Programs, an effort supported by Henry and Susan Samueli to empower patients and doctors by providing solutions that enhance health, prevent disease, and relieve chronic pain.

To learn more about Dr. Jonas and his view on cancer and pain care, please link here:

Past Shows

Michael Eselun

Michael Eselun, Board Certified Chaplain and a Unitarian Universalist, is the chaplain for the Simms/Mann-UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology. He has worked extensively in oncology, hospice, palliative care and with acute psychiatric patients.  He’s been invited many times to speak to students, doctors, nurses, social workers, and faith communities about his work as a chaplain. Michael speaks from deep personal experience while also sharing the experiences of his patients with vulnerability, insight and humor—making connections between seemingly disparate life journeys.

Link here to view a replay of the March 17th live stream with Michael.


John Garrett & The Caregiver Experience

For the inaugural episode of The Pain-Cancer Connection, Cynthia will share why she’s doing this stream for The Mighty audience.  She’ll detail her 37-year journey as a woman in pain (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome), her recent diagnosis of triple-negative breast cancer, and the unique trials and pitfalls of having both diseases.

Cynthia will be joined by her life-partner and For Grace Director, John Garrett, who will share how Cynthia’s cancer has changed his caregiving experience.

Link here to view a replay of the February 18th live stream with Cynthia and John.



See you at The Mighty’s Chronic Illness Facebook Page!





Catch “Miracle Makers“, For Grace’s 2019 live stream show on The Mighty – where Cynthia interviewed inspiring women who are making the world a better place for Women In Pain!