June news
We're getting ready to flood policymakers asking them to implement #aplanforpain! Join our webinar Tuesday, June 9, at 2:30 pm ET (with a special appearance from Vanila Singh, MD) to learn how YOU can get involved in our first-ever Virtual Advocacy Day.

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In this issue

Reminder: CDC comment deadline is June 16 | Migraine and Headache Awareness Month starts now | Pediatric Virtual Retreat focuses on family, education-and fun | Virtual Advocacy Series launches | "Building Your Toolbox" holds second event, announces topics | and more.

Reminder: CDC comment deadline is June 16
The June 16 deadline is rapidly approaching for submitting comments to the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention’s (CDC) official docket on pain care.   Read more.
Migraine and Headache Awareness Month starts now
We're honoring patients through various events and activities, including a webinar on cluster headache, known as the "suicide headache," TONIGHT at 7 pm ET. Read more.
Pediatric Virtual Retreat focuses on family, education and fun
More than 250 kids with pain have signed up for the Pediatric Pain Warrior Virtual Retreat, featuring webinars, workshops, activities, and informal support groups! Read more.
Virtual Advocacy Series launches
An invite-only virtual training series for top advocates, led by Cindy Steinberg, National Director of Policy and Advocacy, began May 26. Read more.
"Building Your Toolbox" hosts second event, announces topics
Last night's session, which was attended by 45 pain warriors, covered self-hypnosis. Future topics have also been announced. Read more.
Pain Warrior of the Month: Bobbi Blades
Age:  65 years old
Location: Concord, NH
Pain warrior role:  Ambassador since 2017
Health conditions: Rheumatoid arthritis, spondylolisthesis, herniated disk, and IBS-C
Tip for pain warriors Hang on to the hope and the belief that you can do this through the support and experience of others, who like you, live with chronic health conditions. You are not alone. Breathe! "
Fun fact: " I love animals, nature, and learning new things. I paint kindness/affirmation rocks. Also, my husband and I lived in Europe and backpacked throughout Europe and the east in the 1980s. We used to camp, hike, cycle, ski, and kayak. "

Bobbi Blades has been an active member of the chronic pain community for years, first as a caregiver for her mother who struggled with rheumatoid arthritis, and then as a chronic pain patient herself. Bobbi trained with U.S. Pain’s Gwenn Herman to become a support group leader and is now leading one of Pain Connection’s call-in support groups monthly. Currently, she is also helping Gwenn lead the monthly interactive videoconference series, "Building Your Toolbox,” and is an active participant in U.S. Pain's Virtual Advocacy Training Series. Bobbi’s leadership and support are priceless for the chronic pain community.   
Upcoming Events
Please note: All event links in maroon are part of the Pediatric Pain Warrior Virtual Retreat and require advance sign up with the retreat.

Support groups

Pain Connection conference call support groups are free to join. You may speak or listen quietly, whatever you prefer. All calls are led by an individual trained by Pain Connection. (In-person support groups are currently on hold due to COVID-19.)

  • June 4 from 1:30 to 2:30 pm ET
  • June 11 from 7 to 8 pm ET
  • June 18 from 10 to 11 am ET
  • June 25 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm ET
  • June 27 from 11 am to noon ET
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