I am Joy and I want the world to know,
what I would do if this were so.
If I lived in a world with less pain, this is what you would see.
A world filled with less struggles and strain, aching to be free.
I would be a voice that does not go unheard.
But instead be one of distinction to serve,
a community of people with better places to go
in their provision of care that exceeds “the pain world” we’ve come to know.
Pain as it is, with treatment that works.
Not pushed or stereotyped merely because we “irk”,
the professional that thinks we all are the same,
prescribing a drug that has the same name,
even if our conditions are in different range.
If I were this person this is how it would be,
you could hear my voice but you can’t see me.
Because if I was in less pain I would be free.
Free to live with less struggles and despair,
but with a greater hope to overcome obstacles I can bear.
Free to speak without feeling ashamed
of the world I now exist in with the devastation of pain.
Free to choose a doctor that will openly listen to me
and not place me in the same category.
Free to live out the goals I so desire,
without constantly feeling sick, weak, or tired.
Free to be the person I was created to be,
to live out the purpose that was pre-destined for me.
With more strength than I now have that would carry me through,
a life filled with courage and hope anew.
If I lived in a world with less pain “I” would be,
the person behind the door you cannot see.
The person longing, waiting…to be free.
Free to be Joy. Free to be me!
by Joy Darden
To raise awareness about the need for effective pain care in response to the former 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 my message to PRESIDENT OBAMA what MY WORLD WITH LESS PAIN would be like and what I Would Do If I Could…if I were not in pain. 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.
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, Google+ Instagram, Periscope, Pinterest, or any other social media outlet. Your support would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.
Be blessed! – JD