July newsletter
In this issue:
INvisible Project state house tour kicks off | Update on the Pain Management Best Practices Task Force | Two ways to get involved now with Pain Awareness Month! | Looking back at National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month 2019 |  Becoming Incurable: Host a screening in your hometown | Support group leader training announced; scholarships available | and more.
INvisible Project state house tour kicks off

The INvisible Project: Migraine Edition state house tour kicked off in Rhode Island last month. The next stop is Sacramento, CA, on July 10.  Join us!
Update on the Pain Management Best Practices Task Force

Efforts to disseminate and begin implementing recommendations from the new report include conversations with CMS and the possibility of a Senate hearing. Read more.
Two ways to get involved now with Pain Awareness Month!

Pain Awareness Month is only two months away. There are two easy ways to get involved, and you can start them today: proclamations and Shine Blue for Pain.  Get started.
Looking back at National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month 2019

From educational events to social media initiatives, National Migraine & Headache Awareness Month 2019 was the most robust campaign yet.  Read more.
Becoming Incurable: host a screening in your hometown 

A U.S. Pain-sponsored documentary about chronic illness premiered on June 14. Now, pain warriors are encouraged to host screenings in their hometowns through an easy-to-use platform. Learn how.
Support group leader training announced; scholarships available

The next Pain Connection support group leader training will be held Sept. 21 & 22 in Newark, NJ . Scholarships are available for current U.S. Pain volunteers.  Read more.
Pain Warrior of the Month:
Sue Ann Stelfox
City & state:  Oceanport, NJ
Age: 61
Pain warrior role:  U.S. Pain advocate since 2018
Health conditions:  Chronic migraine disease and chronic neck pain
Favorite tip for others with chronic pain: " Calm down. And I mean that literally. I spent years trying to be the person 'I used to be' before chronic migraines. I would barrel through the day on pain medications and sacrifice my body in the process. It wasn't until I was diagnosed with severe inflammation in my brain that I started to understand the consequences of not calming your nervous system. Essential oils such as lavender and frankincense, soothing music, and relaxation techniques really helped me to heal my chronic pain. Self-care is definitely not selfish."
Fun fact about you: " I'm a pain science geek! I love reading and spreading awareness on all the new advances in pain research! I also love to bake!"

Sue Ann Stelfox is a passionate pain warrior and advocate who has worked tirelessly to better herself and those around her using techniques she learned while becoming a nationally board-certified pain management coach despite living with chronic migraine disease and daily neck pain. She uses those coaching techniques to run a monthly chronic pain support group in New Jersey and recently even ran a U.S. Pain booth at an Arthritis Foundation event. Sue Ann continues to fight for the chronic pain community and provide hope and help for fellow chronic pain patients.
U.S. Pain in the news
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Upcoming events
  • July 1: Support group meeting in Tucson, AZ (Pascua Yaqui Tribe); held weekly on Mondays 
  • July 4: Afternoon Pain Connection Live conference call support group and support group meeting in Pell, AL
  • July 8: Support group meeting in Rockville, MD
  • July 9: Support group meetings in Costa Mesa, CA, Concord, NH, Detroit, MI, and Madison, WI
  • July 10: INvisible Project State House Tour in Sacramento, CA, and support group meetings in Thousand Oaks, CA, Tucson, AZ, and Bellingham, WA
  • July 11: Evening Pain Connection Live conference call support group
  • July 11-13: American Headache Society conference in Philadelphia, PA
  • July 12: Support group meetings in Arlington, MA, San Francisco, CA, Oakhurst, NJ, and Ashland, OH 
  • July 17: Support group meeting in Middletown, CT
  • July 18: Morning Pain Connection Live conference call support group and support group meeting in Sacramento, CA
  • July 19: Pain Education Portal (PEP) Talk webinar: "Acupuncture for chronic pain"
  • July 19-25: Pediatric Camp at Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, KY
  • July 23: Support group meeting conference call for Madison, WI 
  • July 24: Support group meeting in Bellingham, WA
  • July 26: Support group meeting in San Francisco, CA 
  • July 27: Saturday Pain Connection Live conference call support group
  • July 30: Ehlers-Danlos Society Conference Nashville, TN
For full details about this month's events, including times and locations, 
visit our online calendar.
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