December news
It's Giving Tuesday!
Only a few hours are left in the global day of generosity known as "Giving Tuesday." Here are five ways you can help support U.S. Pain Foundation today and year-round.

Last chance to earn credit toward a U.S. Pain face mask!
If you missed our KNOWvember events, recordings will be available (and watching them counts toward receiving a face mask!). Read more.
Learn about creativity as a coping strategy on Dec. 15
The next "Building Your Toolbox" event will feature landscape and nature photographer Kent Mason. Read more.
CMS proposed rule could reduce access to treatment options
Take action on a proposed rule that could reduce access to innovative pain management treatment options. Read more.
Pain research federal committee Nov. 23 meeting update
Gwenn Herman, LCSW, DCSW, serves on the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee, which held a meeting last week. Read more.
U.S. Pain takes part in RetreatMigraine 2020
U.S. Pain was proud to participate in the RetreatMigraine 2020 digital conference, hosted by CHAMP (Coalition for Headache and Migraine Patients). Read more.
Pain Warrior of the Month: Lucy Dunning, LPC
Age: 38 years young
Location: Charlotte, NC
Pain warrior role: Advocate and support group leader since 2017
Health conditions: Complex regional pain syndrome, neuropathy of intercostal nerves, and arthritis.
Tip for pain warriors: "What has helped me get through my chronic pain is being able to help others who are experiencing chronic pain. Once I worked through my own struggles with dealing with my health condition, I quit my job and opened up my own private practice in mental health so I could focus on helping others who are struggling with chronic pain. Turning my frustration and anger into something positive really helps ground me in finding a purpose for my pain. I hope to one day be a leader and a change agent for all of those impacted by chronic pain. My favorite tip to others is to channel frustrations and sadness to something that helps you find meaning and purpose. Mine was advocacy for chronic pain care, but it can be anything you enjoy and find meaning in!"
Fun fact: "I have three kids (ages 8, 6, and 3), two dogs, a rabbit, and a 75-gallon saltwater tank! My house is ALWAYS BUSY!"
This month on the blog
Upcoming educational events
Upcoming support groups

Pain Connection Live conference calls (open to all) are held weekly. This month's theme is "acceptance."

  • Thursday, Dec. 3 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm ET
  • Thursday, Dec. 10 from 7 to 8 pm ET
  • Thursday, Dec. 17 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm ET
  • Saturday, Dec. 26 from 11 am to noon ET
Please note the Dec. 24 meeting has been canceled due to the Christmas holiday.

Pain Connection also offers state-based support groups over Zoom. States include: Arizona, Florida, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North and South Carolina, Ohio (new), and Oregon.
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