Only through increased awareness will crucial early diagnosis and effective treatment become a reality—the best opportunity to improve the lives of all women in pain.
“Be bold, and might forces will come to your aid.”
Founded in 2002, For Grace’s main goal is to increase awareness of the gender disparity women experience worldwide in the assessment and treatment of their pain.
We believe empowering women to be better consumers for their pain management care, sensitizing healthcare professionals to gender pain disparities and enlightening public policy makers about pain as a major health issue will improve life outcomes for all women in pain
Also, we see increased medical research about the differences in how men and women experience pain as part of the answer to alleviating the toll of human suffering. For Grace will support initiatives that earmark funding specifically for this research through public and private sources. We believe medical research will pave the way for gender-specific therapies that will better manage persistent pain.
For Grace will succeed in meeting its awareness goals by utilizing a wide range of methods—mainly through the use of mass media, public advocacy and legislative outreach.
Primarily utilizing our Women In Pain Leadership Circle as our key liaisons, For Grace will successfully impress upon media, healthcare professionals and policy makers that gender pain disparity is an issue of significant social importance and interest.
Also, For Grace will establish its website as the premier Internet portal of empowerment tools and resources for women in pain, as well as a hub for on-line educational programs that can be accessed by healthcare professionals/educators and policy makers worldwide.
Other awareness actions include producing and distributing Public Service Announcements, presence at health fairs and medical conferences, speaking engagements before civic/health organizations and petitioning legislators to hold informational hearings and enact proclamations.
As a powerful and unique contribution to our awareness efforts, For Grace is working creatively with a wide-range of supporting artists (actors, dancers, musicians, visual artists, etc.) to paint a metaphorical mural of the women in pain experience for awareness and fundraising purposes. This component is an expression of the founder’s background in the arts and will create a dynamic network of committed supporters.
Our first five years were dedicated to raising awareness of the chronic pain disease, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.)
For Grace RSD PSA “Putting Out the Fire” Feb 2006