November newsletter
In this issue:
Pain warriors convene in Dallas for Advocacy Summit | Interim CEO a keynote speaker at American Massage Therapy Association conference | U.S. Pain submits letter to CMS | KNOWvember starts now | Volunteers get creative with fundraising efforts | Pain Connection adds two new support groups | and more.
Pain warriors convene in Dallas for Advocacy Summit

U.S. Pain Foundation held an Advocacy Summit training weekend for its top volunteers in Dallas, TX.  Read more.
Interim CEO a keynote speaker at AMTA convention

Interim CEO Nicole Hemmenway was one of three keynote speakers at the closing session of the American Massage Therapy Association (AMTA) convention in Indianapolis, IN Read more.
U.S. Pain submits letter to CMS

Read the letter U.S. Pain sent to Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in response to a request for comment on an Action Plan to address pain care and the opioid crisis.  Read more.
KNOWvember starts now

We're kicking off our "Art through Pain" KNOWvember campaign on Nov. 7 with a webinar featuring a certified art therapist.  Read more.
Pain Connection adds two new support groups

Pain Connection, U.S. Pain Foundation's network of support groups, has added two in-person support groups: one in Iowa and the other in Maine.  Read more.
Volunteers get creative with fundraising

Recent fundraisers include a trivia night, headshot booth, food sale, golf outing, and haunted driveway. Every little bit counts!  Read more.
Pain Warrior of the Month:
LaSheila Yates
Name: LaSheila Yates
Location: Cedar Rapids, IA
Age: 38
Pain warrior role: U.S. Pain advocate since 2019
Health conditions: ulcerative colitis, pelvic floor dysfunction, neuropathic pain, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), pouchitis, cuffitis, and uveitis
Favorite tip for others with chronic pain: "Be kind to yourself and own your narrative. I'd spent years being angry at my body for failing me at such a young age. I had ambitions, career goals, and felt like it was taken way from me, bit by bit. I still have my rough days, but I give myself grace when times are rough. The mantras I've now adopted are 'I'm owning my story and I'm owning my narrative.' Both are sweet reminders that everything I've endured are part of my life's journey. I'm Owning It!"
What's a fun fact about you: "I was the 2013 Mrs. Iowa International. My platform focused on promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) educational and career opportunities for underserved communities. I was the director for Cedar Rapids' first city wide STEM festivals 2013 and 2014 at McKinley Middle School, attracting hundreds of community members from different walks of life. I was also the Assistant Coach for my husband's first Tech Challenge for my husband's team. With exception of me, the team was an all-male, African, and African-American team that went to complete at the state championships in Iowa. I'm extremely proud of each and every one of the young men I worked with over the years."
LaSheila Yates has quickly become an active advocate for people with pain in her year as a volunteer with U.S. Pain. She bravely shared her pain journey for our Pain Awareness Month Storyathon and is one of 10 individuals profiled in an upcoming issue of the INvisible Project. LaSheila also participated in a chronic pain support group training last month and will be launching a monthly support group in her hometown in December. Her passion to help others and "own" her story has made her a natural in the role of pain advocate. As LaSheila says: "My hope is that by sharing my story, others will find hope for a brighter future." Thank you for all you do!

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