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The Pain Community (a DBA of Women With Pain Coalition)

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Public Health

Mission: To build and strengthen an active, energized and diverse community of people affected by pain by providing a foundation of support where education, wellness information and advocacy are promoted. TPC embraces, promotes, and educates people with pain about an integrative approach to management—an approach that is positive, hopeful, and empowering.

Target demographics: people living with pain

Geographic areas served: the virtual world of the internet

Programs: building an informed virtual community through which people with pain (and their family members and friends) can get the tools, resources, support, and coaching they need to become healthier and stronger and live full and meaningful lives. A 24/7 online support community that offers live chats, discussion boards, and blogs. These are private and secure where members can participate anonymously. A dedicated website section where pain resources can be easily searched. A dedicated website section that includes resources for people with pain on a wide variety of topics including: disease-specific information, treatment options and their safe use, coping techniques, communication tools, and healthy living with pain.

Community Stories

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Cliff - B

Client Served

Rating: 5

After six months I truly I am glad I joined this group and great organization. It truly as helped me lean more of the pain I go through daily and speaking to others and helping one another. The talks over the phone is wonderful and so much help. Thank you for being here for me and the many others I am sure you are helping.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is so much in the resources section that I am always able to find something new that relates to my current situation. It is reassuring to know that one option for distraction from pain is to learn and do research; two thing easily accomplished at this web-based support organization.

Micke B.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is the only pain organization in the nation for people living with pain who wish to be more informed about living a life of wellness and learn how to build a personalized pain tool kit using integrative pain relief methods. TPC connects, cares and listens!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be one of the founding board members of The Pain Community (TPC) and privileged to work with some of the most amazing people I know. The TPC mission is a passion from all who donate tireless volunteer hours to help others with pain live a life of quality and fulfillment to the best of their ability. Seeking wellness and integrative pain care options is the home of this non-profit---all are welcomed.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have found out that the people who work quietly behind the scenes at The Pain Community are all volunteers. That means so much to me because it shows that they are there because of the passion they have to help others who live with pain.They aren't getting paid to get up and go to work everyday, they go because they want to help me and others, they want to make a difference in the lives of people with pain. That is 100% the coolest thing ever. Thank you to those behind the scenes, you have no idea how much what you do means to me.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pain Community is different from other pain advocacy organizations. The Pain Community does advocate for all people with chronic illness. However, they also help us learn how to advocate for ourselves and others. They spend time one on one if we need it. They are all about true support and they are also people living with pain so they truly understand.

1 Maggie62

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So many great resources are packed into the different Resources tabs of this web based support option for people with pain AND caregivers and clinicians that are part of a pain care team.

The chat room is great for people with hearing impairments to be able to interact in real time.

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1

Board Member

Rating: 5

This organization has some of the best information and resources around for people with pain, their caregivers, their family and healthcare providers. The advocacy section is rich with guides on how to advocate for yourself with family, the public and with healthcare providers in addition to the legislative advocacy guides.

I'm never alone and am always able to find someone who 'gets' what it means to live with a pain condition to communicate with in the discussion forums, chatroom, Facebook page and on the weekly live support group conference calls.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to serve on the board of The Pain Community--the only pain patient organization in the nation that embraces an integrative model of care.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Pain Community is an organization truly dedicated to being a resource for people suffering from chronic pain. The website is a constantly growing resource that shines a spotlight on the latest as well as tried and true resources potentially helpful to pain survivors. What works for one, may or may not work for others, but by sharing our stories, we can be helpful to others. And their stories may be helpful to us. Methods of coping that we personally have not previously tried may be just what we need. Helpful tips in blogs are always worth a try. The chat room is a place where we can listen and share as we are comfortable. By sharing, we help ourselves and other pain warriors, by listening, we may learn new coping methods.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Pain Community is different than other organizations because they understand that the pain interacts with every aspect of our lives. The Pain Community wants to help people with pain to learn how to deal with everything that the pain affects, they are patient centered.

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a pain management social worker and board member/volunteer with The Pain Community. It is an excellent pain patient/caregiver-focused virtual organization! I am proud to work alongside the other board members and volunteers and anticipate that I'll always be involved. People with pain and their loved ones are counting on the organization. It truly is a home for support connection, and purpose!

2

Board Member

Rating: 5

It has been such a blessing in my life to be able to reach out and help other people living with pain. It never ceases to amaze me how strong and compassionate people who live with pain are. Helping others helps me deal with my own pain. I have met so many wonderful people and made lifelong friends on the outreach support calls, the Facebook page, the hosted chats and the discussion forums. The online community ensures that people with pain have a safe, secure and judgment free place to share.

2 Cliff - B

Client Served

Rating: 5

After six months I truly I am glad I joined this group and great organization. It truly as helped me lean more of the pain I go through daily and speaking to others and helping one another. The talks over the phone is wonderful and so much help. Thank you for being here for me and the many others I am sure you are helping.

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2

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of my doctors gave me the Pain Community to help me deal with my on going pain. I can't begin to say how I have been helped with them. It is truly a GREAT place for help and understanding of what you go through on a daily life. Teresa is the best I have ever meet, she has done so much for me and helped me so much I can't even begin to say how much I thank her and the Community. If you surfer from pain I highly recommend you join and come to a friendly place to work with others who suffer from chronic pain.

2 dcspeeckaert

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Pain Community has been a lifeline for my husband who has become an active member on the phone chats. The community has given him an outlet to connect with others who have and live with similar experiences.

2 susanalden

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Pain Community taught me about having a "Pain Toolbox" to "store" strategies for pain management. What a great idea!

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1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Pain Community is a valuable source of information and fellowship for those who live with chronic pain, and for the people who love them.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The group chats have been a vital part in my rehabilitation. It is so important to be able to talk to other people who have similar challenges with chronic pain. Everyone who participates in group chat is positive and the moderators do an amazing job of keeping spirits up even if we are discussing a difficult topic. Although we don't all have the same issues, each person provides new insight into some of the challenges we each face dealing with chronic pain.

2 Carolyn124

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered for The Pain Community since its inception. I live with chronic pain myself and the services provided by TPC are crucial for those living with this disease. The chats and forum provide me a way to share with others who truly understand what I'm going through. They are positive and uplifting and give me hope. I've known the volunteers, board members and many of the participants for nearly 15 years and they are some of the best people I know.

This organization runs on a shoestring and deserves the support of those able to give it.

Carolyn Noel

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The pain community has helped me so much. I feel very supported

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The pain community is great for people with pain. It's a great way to get support and have some one to talk to.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Pain Community offers support and so much more. The online community is there so people with pain can talk and interact with others who truly understand a life with chronic pain.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Pain Community is different than other non-profits who serve people living with pain. It isn't all about getting donations or trying to sell merchandise. The Pain Community is there to support us, to give people with pain a safe, comfortable and secure place to land. The Pain Community's online community is a wonderful caring place where you can get support and compassion. The outreach support conference calls are amazing, simply amazing. When you join one of the calls you instantly get the over whelming feeling of belonging and that you are exactly where you need to be and the support is fabulous.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had never been disabled by pain before. With the progression of my condition and a significant increase in pain, everything changed. Many of the activities of daily living I'd always taken for granted were no longer easy to do. Just getting around and tending to all our basic needs became a struggle. Managing all the changes became a challenge. TPC and Teresa's conference call community provide a special weekly rest-stop on this difficult journey. On her call, Teresa has established an atmosphere of camaraderie..an environment that is healthy and responsive to the needs of people with chronic pain. It is a stress-free environment where people can relax and feel at ease just being who they are. Like its facilitator, the community is made up of caring people who, in mutual support, share with and inform one another in many important and positive ways.