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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

52 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.

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.

1 Shirly H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The many great people at The Pain Community are always available to help you in your time of need with Chronic Pain. I, myself have been the lucky recipient far too many times to count. They give so much more than just plain old effort and the benefits to you will be enormous. World Wide Care Is Available To You. Reach Out. Shirly Reid

Previous Stories
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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Albeit a relatively new organization, I can attest to the credibility of all who make The Pain Community what it is. Having worked with many of them in the past, I can tell you that this is a very dedicated group of caring people who educate and advocate those and theirs living with pain, be it acute or chronic. Kudos to TPC! Onward and upward!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

TPC is a wonderful organization of fellow chronic pain warriors. It's so good to be supported and give support to others who suffer. I thank Teresa for her amazing work running the support groups.

Chall152

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have been dealing with Chronic Pain for years and The Pain Community has helped me in a lot of ways. I have MS and RSD and the pain is like no other pain. The Pain Community (a DBA of Women With Pain Coalition) is a great site in helping others who deal with a lot of pain issues.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

A great group of volunteers who always offer support, compassion and education.

Jim_171

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Pain Community has a small group of volunteers who are passionate about helping people living with pain. They volunteer countless hours of their time to make sure people living with pain have the support they need and a safe place to go for support, compassion and education.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am new to pain and it is hard to find trustworthy information online. The Pain Community refuses to give out any information that they cannot verify as being trustworthy. That gives members peace of mind and that means so much. As a person with pain I have enough to worry and stress about. The Pain Community helps me, help myself.

Larry V.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I found TPC to be helpful and encouraging, great website.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Pain Community is amazing. The website is super easy to use and they care.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is great to have a website that helps people living with pain.

1 Ena M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The website at TPC is easy to use and is very helpful for people in pain.

1 Amy_248

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The people who volunteer behind the scenes at TPC truly care about people who live with pain.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have suffered from chronic pain since 1989 and I had to give up my career as a US Marine. Over the ensuing years, my body has continued to find new ways to experience pain. Pain that never leaves me 24/7 365. Chronic pain and depression go hand in hand and as pain worsened, my depression followed suit. I was in a very dark place in my life and had all but given up, on the verge of committing suicide. I stumbled across this organization and became a member of the chat room. Through this and the excellent information, I began to understand my pain more and ways to counter the pain. The staff members helped me find ways to communicate to my VA Care team. I have my depression under control and no longer consider the choice I came very close to making. I can say truthfully that TPC saved my life. I now attempt to repay the debt I owe them by volunteering as a moderator for the chat room.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a caregiver to my soul mate who lives with chronic pain. We have been on this bumpy road for over 20 years. I have seen her through the good and the bad. The Pain Community has allowed her to blossom. It gives her a safe, secure place to connect with others who live with pain. She needed The Pain Community and they have never failed her.

1

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.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I do not normally review a group or non-profit organization however, I believe that this advocacy group deserves some credit for their actions in the field of pain. I've been a national advocate for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy a.k.a. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome since 2000. I have had some time to review most of the information found on their website and I am thankful that the group as a whole is dedicated to providing information and support to the underserved pain community. I hope that TPC will continue with the same level of information, support and advocacy for the pain community. Best of Health,

1 Angela106

Client Served

Rating: 5

As someone who has lived with chronic pain since 1996, this group has been invaluable to me. They have several learning tools that really do help. I've been able to take the lead in my medical care and put together a team I am happy with rather than letting doctors do what they want and have doctors who do not communicate with each other. I learned, with the help of TPC, to ask the more important questions of my doctors and let the little ones go until a later appointment. And in the chat room, I've made a lot of good friends that I really prefer to call family because they really are there for me whenever I need them, just like family would be. When my grandmother passed, they were there. When both of my in-laws passed, they were there. When the daughter of another member graduated, as many of us could got together to celebrate. And most recently, when I found out I had lung cancer and through my struggle to quit smoking, they have been there for me, so the people from the admins to just the users, go above and beyond to help one another. Everyone who joins is family!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Individuals with pain need support and so often have a hard time finding it. They often are surrounded by family and friends who just do not understand the impact the pain is having on them and by healthcare professionals who may not believe that their pain is as bad as it really is. The type of supportive community offered by these dedicated professionals and volunteers is invaluable to chronic pain patients who are lucky enough to find this organization.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Passionate group of folks doing great work with great skill and heart.