Having put several alcohol and drug programs together it is not unusual for the underlying issue to be their pain specialist not treating pain, especially chronic intractable pain, as the physicians should. By the time I see and assess the person they often have legal charges related to their being "forced to by pain medication off the street". This is something that we already have an answer to and the US Pain Foundation promotes that daily.
The US Pain Foundation helps more people than many realize. I fully support their fundraising and non-profit status.
Many times chronic pain is invisible to the outside world. I personally know several people with chronic pain and know of their struggles and battles with this horrible condition. Their suffering and depression can be unbearable. The USPainFoundation brings not only awareness to these silent warriors but a sense of hope and community to those suffering with pain. They realize they are not the only ones with these conditions and they are able to learn and relate through others' stories and also learn of alternative coping and healing mechanisms. This organization can be very powerful and needs more recognition and exposure.
The US Pain Foundation has done amazing work. I hope people donate to this cause as it is so very important. The foundation fights hard for us in pain.
God bless Pail Gileno for starting this non-profit foundation.
I am a parent to a child who was diagnosed with chronic pain at the age of 6. She is now 12 and living a full life despite her pain. organizations like this that supports an under-served community and also raise awareness in chronic pain are so valuable! Thank you!
I am a member of the ambassador program at the U.S. Pain foundation. My pain experiences started during my early teen years. I was looking for a way to give back to the community and be able to help others with their pain experience as well as meet others going through similar experiences. I have gained so much from the organization. The materials they have to help us in the pain community are very valuable. When I contacted htm I didn't expect much other then a referral to disease specific groups that I already was dealing with but the generalized referrals and materials helped me more then I thought they ever would.
I am part of the US pain Foundation Ambassador Program, and have found the experience richly immersing and rewarding. The website is helpful, and the people are encouraging. There are many useful resources, and various projects for the public to be involved in as well as information to acquire.
My pain ride started 31 years ago when I was still residing in the England, it all began with an innocuous injury to my right ring finger when playing water Polo. After some 16 surgeries as well as many other painful attempts to reduce the pain I was told that I had RSD/CRPS and would have to live the rest of my life in pain. As a result of the cold damp weather in England my family and I emigrated to the United States in 1991. Having lived in Florida for the first 14 years in the US we then moved to Pennsylvania for a job that was promised to be just a desk job for myself as we had already established that operating machinery of any kind aggravated my RSD. Unfortunately, the promise that we were made did not materialize and I was effectively forced to operate machinery which resulted in aggravating the RSD.
I became aware of US pain foundation after reading the exceptional book by Nicole Hemmenway titled "No it is not in my head". After my initial contact with Paul Gileno my wife and I were invited to the launch of the invisible project where we met Nicole and after visiting other support groups I was at last impressed by the candor and integrity of both Paul and Nicole. Instead of the usual moaning and groaning the US pain foundation was a breath of fresh air because they embraced the notion that pain was invisible and that we must work together to bring in to the public domain the fact that pain and people suffering from it is very real.
I cannot stress sufficiently how impressed I have been with the US pain foundation and with Nicole and Paul's vision of bringing pain from obscurity into the public domain. They understand that those of us who suffer in silence must work with each other not for sympathy but for empathy and that we must become very real so as to increase the ability of researchers to find cures.
Finally, there is an organization run by people who suffer and understand the very realities of living with pain but are working to help those of us who also live with pain 24/7 as well as mobilizing the pain community to help ourselves by becoming lobbyists both at state and federal levels.
The US pain foundation has breathed a new life into me and I believe they do so for many other pain sufferers. I hope that I am able to assist others as well as the foundation and particularly Paul and Nicole who are extraordinary people. They have developed a charitable organization from absolutely nothing into an amazing organization and have hired others in pain who are also extremely helpful and well organized individuals and I appreciate every single person associated with the organization.
I became part of US Pain after I was invited to be a participant in their INvisible Project. I saw what this project meant to me and to those who saw the finished project and was amazed. I love that the Foundation was started and is run by people who have chronic pain themselves. It makes them so compassionate and understanding of everything that those of us with chronic pain suffer with. Seeing what US Pain is capable of is truly amazing and I've seen it most prominently through their events is truly amazing. Their willingness to reach out to individuals in need is unparalleled and unmatched by any other Foundation I have seen, they are one of a kind and I am proud to be a part of it. Paul Gileno, the founder and president, is a very honest, kind, and hard-working man. He listens to everything I have to say and all of my crazy ideas and tries his best to make all of them come to fruition. He is a man of principle, character, and heart.
I am new to USPain Foundation this year. I found them to he helpful and encouraging so much that I have become a volunteer ambassador. I am a long time chronic pain sufferer and this has helped me to get the word out and educate fellow sufferers and educate others to the work this organization is doing. I have been taking baby steps with them, mostly because of my ongoing pain, but I look forward to getting the word out more on this worthwhile non-profit organization . Thank you.
As someone who has spent the past seven years dealing with the myriad implications that come with CRPS/RSD, as well as 25+ years of severe, chronic back problems, I have only recently begun to draw on the amazing resources that U.S. Pain Foundation provides. I've felt so inspired by all they do, that I've become a Pain Ambassador. It feels wonderful to know that there is a community of people out there who understand what I am going through on a daily basis, especially being a mother of two young children. I also find the information that is available with respect to medical and professional resources, to be invaluable. I am excited to become more involved, and to give back to an organization that is so worthwhile, and that is so desperately needed in these times!