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Jodi O.

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Review for International Pain Foundation, San Tan Valley, AZ, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering in 2007 when the International Pain Foundation (iPain) was originally known as the Power of Pain Foundation (POPF). It has been exciting to see how they have grown and how they are reaching people all over the world. I found hope, and a way to help other people living with chronic pain. iPain offers Education, Awareness, Social events, and Access to care. Barby and Ken not only have changed my life, buy they are positively changing the lives of thousands of people on a daily basis. They offer conferences, monthly webinars, educational and fun videos, weekly newsletters, articles, and so much more. They have a website, and they are on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter. I have been living with chronic pain for over 26 years, and after finding iPain, I have found a way to give back to other people living with chronic pain. They not only help those of us living with pain, but they offer hope, education and support to our caregivers, family, friends, and doctors. Barby has also written 7+books, and she and her husband Ken have also been on TV and radio, they have written newspaper, and magazine articles. The International Pain Foundation truly cares about people and it shows. Everyone including Barby and Ken volunteer their time. No one is paid. They not only raise awareness but they are raising funds so they can continue to offer help to pain patients all over the world for free. I am so thankful to be a volunteer for the International Pain Foundation and having the chance to work with Barby and Ken and other great iPain volunteers!

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Power of Pain Foundation, Chester, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been living with RSD since 1/9/90, and tried almost everything including 5 SCS until it became infected. We moved to AZ from Colorado hoping the weather would help. I met Barby 9 years ago and she became my mentor and friend. Her family started the POPF and they asked me if I wanted to become a volunteer. I was excited to help and eventually they wanted me to become a Board Member. Barby is president of the POPF and she is helping educate 1000's of people through conferences, Comic Pain Relief shows, sports events, and NERVEmber. I have enjoyed helping with NERVEmber, because we wear orange, share our stories, release balloons, participate in daily events, and share our story. We also have RSD Awareness Quilt Project, where people can send in a 12 x 12 square, sharing their story on it. Then the POPF has a group of people that volunteer to sew the squares together to make quilts. We put them up at different events throughout the year. I have found hope again, and believe that I can have Remission. Barby has written 7 books, made 4 Public Service Announcements, and writes a weekly newsletter, and she has several magazine, newspaper and radio articles. She has also been on the cover of several magazine's and she has done several television shows sharing her story. The POPF also added Arachnoiditis to it's list of 150+ neuropathies. We have Melissa Valliere who is a US Army Veteran living with RSD. Melissa is planning on skating (rollerblading) 46 miles in 2 days for NERVEmber and the POPF. Barby also provides us with several Facebook pages, and websites. She also has Barby's You-tube.com. I am fortunate to have met Barby when I did and for finding a true friend and she is someone who offers support, hope, education, tools, and she is a Cheerleader of Hope.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

N/A

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Power of Pain Foundation, Chester, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

In 1990 I was diagnosed with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD). In 2006 I became friends with Barby Ingle, who also has RSD. Later that year, her family founded the Power Of Pain Foundation a 501-C-3 charity to help those in Chronic Pain due to a Neuropathy condition. The POPF offers education, awareness, and help. Barby has personally helped me understand RSD more in the last 6 1/2 years, then I did in the 16 years before meeting her. The POPF has a gift of reaching people, and showing them that there is hope and help. The POPF offers classes and events not only in AZ, but all over the US. In 2010 I became an executive board member and since the beginning with a start of 4 board members, they now have 14 ambassadors, 8 executive board members, 13 board of directors, and over 80 event volunteers in several states, that can also teach classes, and host events. The POPF teaches classes to caregivers, patients and providers many of them lack education on chronic pain. The POPF Chairman, Barby Ingle has written 4 successful books on Chronic Pain, and published several articles. She has even done some television, trying to educate the public. I want to say Thank You Barby Ingle and the Power of Pain Foundation, We love you for all you do to advocate for everyone with pain.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Volunteer
 

Review for Power of Pain Foundation, Chester, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been apart of the Power of Pain Foundation since its inception in Nov. 2006. I have seen this charity grow over the past 6 years and help thousands of people get the resources and information they need in their own journey. I am honored to be an executive board member and look forward to helping in what ever ways I am able over the many years to come.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Board Member