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“I kept going to doctors who told me things like I was just an attention seeker, I was crazy, I was playing a mind game—you name it, I was called it.”
For Grace is an organization devoted to ensuring the ethical and equal treatment of all women in pain.
For Grace and Leeza Gibbon’s Care Connection Team Up for New Pain Support Groups in LA - Next Meeting: March 13, 2014
Groundbreaking Chronic Pain Documentary Premieres on The Discovery Channel - Now Available Online!
Battle for Grace Launches on MariaShriver.com!
All of Cynthia Toussaint’s net proceeds from the sale of this book go to For Grace
For Grace’s 6th Annual Women In Pain Conference
Enjoy our 2013 Women In Pain Highlight Video HERE (Photography by Dana Gambill; Song Performance by Cynthia Toussaint)
Weren’t there on the 13th? Catch our 2013 Women In Pain Conference Webcast Replay HERE
The Wonder Project Brings the Healing Power of Music to Women In Pain
Advocacy Tool Kit—Women In Pain Be Heard!
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For Grace in the News!
Thank you Mary Beth Sammons at CaregiversForHome.com for this lovely piece titled “Amid Chronic Pain: Dreams Came True”. The article highlights John and Cynthia’s three-decade pain journey, their Discovery Channel film Pain Matters segment and Cynthia’s book, Battle for Grace.
For Grace is proud to have partnered with and consulted for The Discovery Channel‘s one-hour documentary Pain Matters. For Grace leaders John Garrett and Cynthia Toussaint’s story is featured in this groundbreaking film that we feel is the strongest media piece done to date about chronic pain. Pain Matters premiered on Nov. 16 and additional airing dates are Dec. 7 and 14.
Another great article compliments of HealthCentral.com and writer Lene Anderson ran in October! Titled “For Grace: A Voice for Women in Pain”, Lene explores the history of For Grace, where we are and where we’re going. Lovely piece!
A wonderful Battle for Grace review/article by Lene Anderson at HealthCentral.com ran in September. Titled “Battle for Grace: An Interview with Cynthia Toussaint”, we thank Ms. Anderson for capturing so beautifully the essence, challenge and purpose behind the telling of the chronic pain odyssey John and Cynthia have shared.
National Pain Report spotlighted in September For Grace’s 6th Annual Women In Pain Conference, focusing on our “Coping Missteps and Pitfalls” morning panel. Titled “Women in Pain Conference Draws Worldwide Web Audience”, the event reached 3000+ attendees mainly through the web broadcast.
For Grace’s 6th Annual Women In Pain Conference and Battle for Grace were featured in September on a National Pain Report article titled “Getting Real: The Women In Pain Conference.” The article was written by reporter Ed Coghlan who welcomed our live and webcast attendees.
In September, an informative article on Caregiversforhome.com featured For Grace director John Garrett’s 30-year experience taking care of a person with CRPS. The article, “Listen Up! 5 Tips for Being an Engaged Caregiver”, highlighted the simple act of listening among other tips.
For Grace leaders were interviewed September 4th on the KPFK FM talk show Access Unlimited. John and Cynthia spoke in detail about their recent book, Battle for Grace, and teased For Grace’s fast-approaching 6th Annual Women In Pain Conference.
A feature ran on PainResource.com about For Grace founder Cynthia Toussaint’s 30+ year CRPS journey in September. The article, titled “Breaking Pointe: Going toe to toe with pain and sharing what she’s learned”, also highlighted Toussaint’s recent pain memoir, Battle for Grace, and For Grace’s upcoming 6th Annual Women In Pain Conference.
For Grace leaders were interviewed live on NBC-KCAA 1070 AM‘s “Change Is In the Air” on August 27th. Topics were CRPS, their recent book, Battle for Grace, and For Grace’s upcoming 6th Annual Women In Pain Conference.
A feature about For Grace’s 6th Annual Women In Pain Conference ran on PainPathways’ “Only On-line” section in August. The article, titled “Getting Real With Pain”, went into depth about the day’s coping choices theme. Also it shared how all could be a part of the interactive day via live webcast and social media.
Inspiration and Battle for Grace were featured in August on PainResource.com’s Monday Mantra. Please follow this on-line resource for stories and more about the book.
Battle for Grace author Cynthia Toussaint was featured in a powerful article that ran on the National Pain Report in June. Titled “Are Doctors Paying Attention to Women in Pain?”, the piece spotlighted the recent Center for Disease Control report that shows a troubling uptick in overdose fatalities among women who are using opioids for their pain management.
Spokesperson and Battle for Grace author Cynthia Toussaint penned a column about For Grace’s California bill AB 889, titled “Why Step Therapy Needs to Stop”, that appeared on the National Pain Report.
For Grace leaders John Garrett and Cynthia Toussaint were interviewed about their tough-as-nails pain memoir Battle for Grace May 22 on LA Talk Radio‘s The Mother Love Show.
For Grace’s new Step Therapy bill, AB 889, passed the California Assembly Health committee April 30th on a 15-4 bi-partisan vote - and the hearing was broadcast live via The California Channel.
Ms. Toussaint had a blog post run in April as part of Maria Shriver’s Month of Poetry series on her Architects of Change website. Titled “Words of Love”, this guest post centered around Cynthia’s most personal and beloved poem, gifted by John at their commitment ceremony in 1995. The full story is in her new book, Battle for Grace: A Memoir of Pain, Redemption and Impossible Love.
For Grace Director and contributing writer for Battle for Grace John Garrett appeared in April on the National Pain Report as a guest columnist. His piece, titled “A Caregiver’s Journey with Pain and Self-Discovery”, delved into his 30-year experience as a caregiver. Also, he gave tips for others who take on this challenging, selfless and all-important role.
A compelling article about Battle for Grace ran on PainPathways magazine’s “Only On-Line” section in April. The feature titled “A Pain-Wrecked Life… And How Recovery And Love Became Possible” highlighted the author Ms. Toussaint’s CRPS remission brought on by the narrative therapy of writing this book.
Battle for Grace author Cynthia Toussaint was featured on a National Pain Report article in April. Titled “Abused Women More Susceptible To Pain”, this article highlighted groundbreaking research that showed certain women are more prone to chronic pain conditions.
Cynthia Toussaint’s new pain memoir Battle for Grace was featured in April on the National Pain Report. The article titled, “One Woman’s Story of a 30 Year Battle with Chronic Pain”, not only speaks to the personal pain experience, but the all-important caregiver’s as well.
Battle for Grace was featured on author Laurie Edwards’ A Chronic Dose blog on March 29th. Our founder Cynthia Toussaint contributed to Ms. Edwards’ forthcoming book, In the Kingdom of the Sick.
On March 21st, Maria Shriver recommended Cynthia Toussaint’s Architects of Change blog post and Battle for Grace as must-reads on her The Shriver Report newsletter.
Our founder Cynthia Toussaint’s pain memoir, Battle for Grace, launched March 19th on MariaShriver.com. Please link here to read her thought-provoking blog article, “Overcoming Suffering, Battling for Grace.”
For Grace inspired, consulted and interviewed for an ABC World News with Diane Sawyer segment on Feb. 14th that focused on women being disbelieved and undertreated for their pain conditions. Headlined “Women In Pain”, this piece was picked up by all ABC affiliates in the US.