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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

66 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I think it is important to mention that some of the people who work behind the scenes at The Pain Community as volunteers are also people who live with pain. It gives me the sense that they truly understand my pain and what my life is like. I am sorry that some of them live with pain but it does help me knowing that they truly do care about me and others and they really, really do get what a life of pain is all about. I recommend The Pain Community to all people who live pain and caregivers too.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pain Community may be a smaller nonprofit but the people behind the scenes who volunteer have great big hearts. They do what they do out of compassion for those who live with pain. The Pain Community offers the one on one approach and that can mean so much to someone who lives with pain and has felt alone for a long time fighting the pain. It takes real special people to volunteer so much of their time to help others and The Pain Community has those special people.

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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.

1 TeresaS.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been living with pain for the past 28 years. I have found renewed strength in my never ending fight to stand up to the pain by being a volunteer with The Pain Community. Being a volunteer allows me to focus my energy on helping others who live with pain. TPC has many ways to volunteer and I urge others to visit the website and check out the different ways you can volunteer and help yourself while helping others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The people that volunteer their time at The Pain Community are wonderful, caring, and compassionate. You will be hard pressed to find a better group of folks. It isn't about money or status, they are there for one reason, they are passionate about helping all who live with pain.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a volunteer of this organization it is rewarding to hear from people that they have found the tools useful to patients, clinicians, family members and caregivers. There is a wide range of resources available for free throughout the website; archived research articles, tips on coping with pain, how-to's and lots of way to interact with others.

The launching of the Pain College section last year with the Healing Arts module of self-paced webinars to understand what Art Therapy is and how to incorporate some of those principles into a comprehensive integrative pain care model has been popular. I went through the course once and am considering doing it again because it was so enlightening.

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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.

1 Cliff - B

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been living with pain for many years and found that The Pain Community has done lots to help me making it through really tough times. Teresa Shaffer has become my rock and so helpful in many things including helping me get through tough times and has become a good friend.

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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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a person living with pain and I volunteer with The Pain Community. I have found by helping others who live with pain, it helps me deal with my own pain. People who live pain need a community where they can feel safe, where they can feel compassion, where they can feel understood. The Pain Community offers all that and so much more. I feel honored to be able to volunteer with The Pain Community.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am new to a life of pain. I felt so alone and scared. I found The Pain Community on social media, on Facebook. I went to their website and they have so much information and it felt like I had found a home with The Pain Community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Living with pain is hard and frustrating and sad and so much more. The people at, The Pain Community understand all of this and they take the time to get to know you so they can help you in the best way possible. The support calls that they do every Tuesday are so helpful. Everyone on the call can be part of the conversation and that is huge because many of us are home-bound and do not get to meet new people or make new friends. The support calls allow both of those things and it is good to know that I am not alone. Thank you to all at The Pain Community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pain Community is unique because the people who volunteer their time are also people who live with pain. It is so helpful to know that they truly understand the journey.

1 Karen K.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

TPC is continually supporting people in pain and is totally transparent. Current issues and concerns are addressed in a safe haven for all. I believe in the vision, mission and activities of TPC and would not be involved if I didn't believe in the organization. This great resource is free and accessible to all. A diamond glistening with hope and acceptance.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Pain Community is an extremely valuable resource to provide education, assistance, support and a sense of community. Many of those using the site are unable to travel due to monetary, physical or other reasons. This wonderful site allows discussions, blogs and educational information to promote wellness. As a board member I believe that this non-profit reaches into hearts and home providing hope, a sense of community and a belief in the members. Also as a healthcare professional I believe that the website is crucial to wellness on all levels.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

One of the best nonprofit organizations around. Great feedback and I love the blogs that are posted.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Pain Community an amazing organization. I have enjoyed working with each of these individuals for the short time one been with them.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Pain Community is a fantastic organization. I enjoy the content and being able to love to chat with someone via the Live Chat feature.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My mom and brother benefitted greatly by being a part of this organization. The volunteers helped them find solutions to pain management when doctors could not. They fight the good fight, making sure that those in debilitating pain can find the doctors, the medications, and the routines that'll best help them stay mobile.

1 Melissa L.3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization and thank you to all of the hardworking people making it so successful.

1 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.

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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.

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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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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.

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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.