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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

45 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

2 Cliff S.

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.

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.

Cindy153

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have lived with chronic pain for 15 years now and as a person who suffers with several life altering conditions that cause constant pain every day, I actually stumbled across the pain community by accident, so I thought at the time. I wasn't going to stay in the chat because I felt it wasn't for me and 1 particular member convinced me to stay and come back the next day. I did because really deep inside it was the first time that SOMEONE cared about me and understood the horrific pain that I was in!

I had lost my marriage, friends, employment etc. because of the pain I had daily and I had a daughter that suffered in other ways because she had a mother who had to be medicated all day every day just to survive. Over the course of a few months I found a forever family. Still to this day I have a fantastic pain family who supports not only me but my family members as well.

Many of us have grown very close and have even made it a priority to get together in person on several occasions, and I know that if I am ever in dire need, in pain, need an opinion, need to vent or just lonely I can call, come to this website, facebook, and I can get immediate support 24/7. I owe my life to my Painiac family and I can't imagine a day in my life without them.

Thank you to all the painiacs who have made my life worth hanging on to. Thank you to those I may not know but have prayed for me or kept me in your thoughts. It is wonderful to know you have a place to go! I pray that we can continue sites like this one that can reach out to many others who are in pain or even have similar sites for other problems in peoples lives!

Kimberlee2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My mother lived with chronic pain for the last 10 years of her life. The folks of the pain community were a blessing for her and for me. Although these folks have been associated and supportive under other organizational names, they have maintained the integrity of the group and supported the dignity and integrity of those in pain. I salute them. I thank them.

Radene C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Being alone when you are sick or hurt is horrible. Having a chronic pain condition means you are both. The Pain Community is a wonderful place of refuge for those of us who deal with devastating pain 24/7 (and for those who just have it bust in on their lives once in a while, too). Here there is always someone comforting another and when you reach out, many who respond quickly and support with whatever it is that you need in comfort and help. I love them!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Pain Community is here to help those in pain find their voice and speak out for compassionate, quality and just treatment of pain. They have chat rooms for those who need to talk to someone about what they are going through. Blog posts that stimulate discussion on a variety of topics related to Pain and the management of pain. Educational materials to help inform and educate the person in pain and the general public. Discussion forums and a lot more. I support The Pain Community as a volunteer and serve on the steering committee. I receive a lot of personal and group support and I am kept up to date with the latest news and research on pain issues. This is not a place to whine about pain...it is a place to advocate for self care and advocate for the best treatment possible for your pain. If they don't know the answer they will hunt for it until they find it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Excellent community for chronic pain. Have received so much support from everyone and haven met a few fellow painiacs!!!! Ive made it through some tough times with this community of people and hope ive returned in kind. Excellent! !