In support of a cause I am truly passionate about for those who suffer with ongoing chronic pain, as a pain advocate, I decided to dedicate this post today to lend my voice in honor of September Pain Awareness Month.
Having lived with chronic pain for the past eleven years and being diagnosed with various conditions, I became an advocate with various chronic pain association organizations to help raise awareness. Although my efforts are limited due to limitations and challenges I face, I do what I can when I can to make a difference.
When I became diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2009, with the help of my family, the first step in my journey as a pain advocate began with submission of my story “Joy” to the APF Action Network. The story can also be read at http://action.painfoundation.org/site/PageNavigator/Voices_of_Pain.
To raise awareness about the need for effective pain care in response to the American Pain Foundation’s (APF) “If I Lived in a World with Less Pain, I Could…” campaign to SECURE A FIRST-EVER PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION OFFICIALLY NAMING EVERY SEPTEMBER NATIONAL PAIN AWARENESS MONTH, my family helped create this video “If I Lived in a World with Less Pain, I Could…” to share my voice as well as spread the word to bring awareness to what I believe is such an important issue in the lives of those who live with pain.
The video represents a poem of my message to PRESIDENT OBAMA of what MY WORLD WITH LESS PAIN would be like. It gives me an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others as I work to bring national awareness to the “hidden” epidemic of pain (APF) so that those who suffer with pain will have a right to effective care and treatment; because “pain” is not just an individual or local problem. It is a national healthcare crisis. It does not only affect pain sufferers but it affects families, friends, associates and anyone who is connected to its world. Even though it may not directly affect every individual, the physical, financial and emotional affects can be devastating to the pain sufferer and the families of those who will ultimately suffer. But with your help, we all can make a difference.
APF ceased operation last year and is no longer active, but I am still campaigning and fighting for a presidential proclamation.
Please join me in support of this cause and spread the word DURING THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER or UNTIL A PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION IS SECURED by asking others to spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, or any other social media. Your support would be greatly appreciated! -JD
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- Power of Pain Gets Ready for September: Pain Awareness Month (rsdadvisory.com)
- Complimentary Chronic Pain Awareness Event in September is Open to the Public, Hosted by Arizona Pain Specialists, the Premier Pain Center in the Phoenix Area (prweb.com)
- Giving UP! (noonegetsflowersforchronicpain.wordpress.com)
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- Owning our Health: To treat pain find its source (blogs.vancouversun.com)