"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent."
—Eleanor Roosevelt

For Grace’s Women In Pain
Awareness and Education Project

Women In Pain Project Actions

Award-winning Website
The For Grace website is seen by more than 100,000 unique visitors annually and includes tools and resources to empower women to be better advocates for their pain care and wellness.

Archive of Resources and Research
We have gathered current, relevant research materials that support the fact that women are prone to chronic pain conditions, yet are underserved in their pain care compared to their males counterparts. These materials aim to educate the general public and media about this troubling trend.

Women In Pain Share Your Story Project
For Grace has collected more than 50 powerful and provocative real-life stories that provide comfort, aid and hope to women in pain through narrative therapy.

Policy and Legislative Action
In 2004, For Grace championed a California legislative informational hearing about the under-treatment of women in chronic pain (the first of its kind in the nation.)  Also, we support policy initiatives that overcome barriers to pain care. Accordingly, For Grace was the lead sponsor on a California bill that aimed to restrict Step Therapy, an unethical prescription practice used by the healthcare industry to save money in a way that increases the suffering of pain patients.

Women In Pain Petition and Bill of Rights
Women in pain, their families and caregivers can sign this statement advocating for better pain care and compassion, while sharing a testimonial of their fight to better pain care.

101 Wellness Ideas to Empower Women In Pain
For Grace has assembled these easy-to-do, empowering tools and resources to help women better manage their pain, improve their care and, ultimately, enhance overall wellness.

Women In Pain Book Project
Our founder Cynthia Toussaint’s stirring memoir, Battle for Grace, chronicles her 30-year journey with chronic pain. Told with unflinching honesty and bold content, Battle for Grace aims to start conversations about the unspoken truths of the pain experience while depicting a path to better wellness and personal triumph.

The Wonder Music Project
Our founder, Cynthia Toussaint, has recorded her first CD after losing her singing voice to CRPS for 15 years – and this testament to the healing power of music therapy is dedicated to all women in pain. Dubbed “The Wonder Project”, this nine-song collection captures the challenge of the pain experience while conveying the joy of reinvention and better wellness.

Media Outreach
ABC World News Now, the Discovery Channel, The New York Times, The UK/London Times, Woman’s Day and More magazine are a few of the many media sources we’ve generated features in that have brought pain care gender disparity awareness to millions around the world.

Women In Pain Awareness & Education Action Team
For Grace has assembled a team of leading pain experts who can speak about the gender disparity issue from a personal, clinical and research perspective.

Women In Pain Public Service Announcement (featuring Jack Coleman, star of many hit TV shows including Scandal and Heroes)
Launched in 2008, this attention-grabbing PSA addresses the troubling issue that “women hurt more and are helped less.” It has reached tens of thousands worldwide via the Web.

Women In Pain Awareness and Education Project Accomplishments

For Grace founder and spokesperson Cynthia Toussaint is a consultant for many news outlets, including The Discovery Channel, ABC News, FOX News, National Pain Report and PainPathways magazine

Produced our first Women In Pain public service announcement featuring actor Jack Coleman, star of many TV dramas including Scandal and Heroes, this PSA premiered at our first Women In Pain conference and aired via the Internet starting June 2008

Went on-line with our 101 Ideas to Empower Women In Pain project that provided women suggestions and resources to improve their well-being and enable self-care

Hosted in partnership with the Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative and City of Hope National Cancer Center, the first annual Women In Pain conference held in May 2008

For Grace founder’s story was a featured segment on Discovery Health’s “Mystery Diagnosis” which has aired worldwide since October 2005, reaching millions; this show has been picked up by The Learning Channel and Home and Health Worldwide

For Grace founder’s story was featured in the March 2007 issue of Woman’s Day magazine (article titled, “My Mystery Disease”) – which was seen by 20 million readers

For Grace founder’s story was featured in the January/February 2009 issue of AARP The Magazine that reached 100+ million readers

Expanded our award-winning website, averaging over 10,000 unique visitors monthly

Since 2003 has annually championed September as Pain Awareness Month in California in conjunction with the national Partners for Understanding Pain project

In 2011, sponsored a California Bill (AB 369) to abolish the “fail first” and “therapeutic switching” prescription practices that negatively impact pain patients

In early 2004, For Grace founder, Cynthia Toussaint, championed the first-ever state legislative informational hearing that focused on the under-treatment of women and their pain conditions; to compliment this hearing, she had February proclaimed Women In Pain Awareness Month in CA

In mid-2007, For Grace expanded its mission to “ensure the ethical and equal treatment of all women in pain.”  This effort launched the circulation of an on-line petition (which has gathered 6500+ signatures and testimonials) along with a Women In Pain Bill of Rights

For Grace is engaged in two creative projects that are already bringing personal perspectives about the chronic pain experience to millions throughout the country and worldwide. Cynthia Toussaint co-wrote her memoir, Battle for Grace: A Memoir of Pain, Redemption and Impossible Love, with national best-selling author, Linden Gross.  A movie adaptation of Battle for Grace is being shopped by literary agent Alan Shafer and veteran producer Richard Freed (“Wildflower, “Sudie and Simpson” – Lifetime Channel)

For Grace partnered with the Discovery Channel to produce a one-hour documentary, Pain Matters, in late 2013. For Grace leaders Toussaint and Garrett were featured in the film which provides the most comprehensive depiction of the chronic pain experience to date