March newsletter
In this issue

Headache diseases makes national news | Learning to lead a meaningful support group | 2020 state pain policy trends round-up | U.S. Pain brings 15 pain warriors to Headache on the Hill | U.S. Pain team members on the move | Points for Pain celebrates fifth anniversary | and more
Headache diseases make national news

Headache diseases captured attention nationally this month through three major news outlets: CBS, ABC, and PBS .  A number of INvisible Project participants and contributing writers were featured.  Read more.
Learning to lead a meaningful support group

A total of 25 pain warriors, licensed mental health professionals, and caregivers gathered for Pain Connection's seventh chronic pain support group leaders training.  Read more.
2020 state pain policy trends round-up

State legislative sessions across the country are now in full swing! Here are some trends we're seeing related to pain policy, along with opportunities to take action .   Read more.
U.S. Pain team members on the move

Team members traveled across the country this month to provide patient perspectives on pediatric pain management, back pain research, and successful models of integrated care .   Read more.
U.S. Pain brings 15 pain warriors to Headache on the Hill

On Feb. 10 and 11, representatives from the U.S. Pain Foundation joined the Alliance for Headache Disorders Advocacy in Washington, D.C., to participate in the 13th Annual Headache on the Hill.  Read more.
Points for Pain celebrates fifth anniversary

Tyler Cashman hosted his fifth annual Points for Pain game Feb. 20, which raised more than $2,500 for the Pediatric Pain Warrior Program.  Read more.
Pain Warrior of the Month: Charity Schussler

Age: 41 years old
Location: Anderson, Indiana
Pain warrior role: Ambassador since 2019
Health conditions: Reflex sympathetic dystrophy, Crohn's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, spondylosis, osteopenia, optic neuritis, and psoriasis 
Tip for pain warriors: "I have found that pain journaling is helpful in identifying pain triggers, as well as remembering things that have helped lessen my pain in the past (it also helps my doctor). Also, I have found that having a friend who has chronic pain to lend a sympathetic ear during the rough patches helpful, especially when they care enough to call and check on you!"
Fun fact: "I have a 1-year-old grandson who lives with me and keeps me busy, but I also like to help others and make people smile."
Charity Schussler has been sharing about her journey with chronic pain for years as a way to educate the public about living with chronic pain and all that goes with it. Charity is constantly raising awareness, whether it be through obtaining a proclamation declaring September as Pain Awareness Month, decorating her town during the Beautify in Blue campaign, or passing out information for other pain patients throughout the year. Charity attended U.S. Pain's Advocacy Summit this fall and just completed the chronic pain support group training. She is a a constant source of kindness to all she encounters.
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