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September Events
September 16th-18th Boston Abilities Expo  at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Hall C

Sept. 16th-18thVET Mindfulness-based Wilderness Retreat at Healing Season Farms 
Location: plains of Southpark/Lake George, CO on Sulphur Mountain Road

Sept. 17th: Rhode Island Pain Awareness Event from  2-4 PM at the Johnston Senior Center 
Location: 1291 Hartford Ave., Johnston, RI

Sept. 17th: Arlington Town Day & Community Fair, U.S. Pain Booth, Arlington, MA from  10 AM-3 PM

Sept. 23rd: U.S. Pain National Director of Policy and Advocacy, Cindy Steinberg, speaking at the Academy of Integrative Pain Management Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX

Sept. 23rd-24th: The Academy of Integrative Pain Management 2016 Annual Clinic Meeting at the JW Marriott Hill Country Resort & Spa 
Location: 23808 Resort Parkway
Keep up to date with everything going on this month on our website dedicated to Pain Awareness Month  HERE! We also have an Instagram account specifically for Pain Awareness Month, you can visit @USPainAwarenessM

People with Pain Matter is a national campaign and online community dedicated to raising public awareness of the impact of chronic pain on 100 million Americans. 

By working with healthcare providers, policymakers, candidates and the media, People with Pain Matter seeks to advance policies and drive a national dialogue about the need for a national investment in effective, long-term pain management therapies. 

People with pain matter. 

Get Involved: PeopleWithPainMatter.org


Getting to Know The U.S. Pain Team

Who makes up U.S. Pain Team? People living with pain, just like you! Get to know more about them this month through the videos we will be posting! 

Check out the first two videos by clicking the links below: 


Shop AmazonSmile today! 

Here is a simple way to raise funds ...  Amazon will donate a portion of your total purchases to the U.S. Pain Foundation.

Boscov's  Friends Helping Friends Event

This year U.S. Pain Foundation will be participating in Boscov's Department Store's 20th Anniversary of Friends Helping Friends Event on Tuesday, October 18th. A shopping pass for $5 can be purchased on our website as a $5 donation. A shopping pass will then be mailed to you. The pass can be used at any of their 44 locations throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Maryland, Ohio and Meriden, Connecticut. This shopping pass will entitle you to a 25% discount off your purchases made on this day only. 100% of the ticket sales will go to U.S. Pain Foundation. In addition, you are eligible to win a $100 or $500 gift card! Holidays are just around the corner! Thank you for your support and Happy Shopping!!

Happy Pain Awareness Month! 
September 15, 2016
Dear Members and Fellow Pain Warriors,
Over the past two weeks, the U.S. Pain Foundation has been honored to show the pride and strength of pain warriors and their families during Pain Awareness Month.

W e are continuing to encourage pain warriors to participate in any way they can this month, whether you sign the Pain Awareness Month pledge or join our 30-day Challenge of Empowerment, the courage and unity seen throughout the pain community is inspiring.
We are also encouraging individuals to contact their local and state representatives through our People With Pain Matter campaign. The more people contacting their representatives, the more likely it is that pain patients will get the recognition and care they deserve! You can find out more below.

We are proud of each and every one of you for your ability and bravery day in and day out. U.S. Pain will continue fighting along side of you throughout your journey, and continue advocating for your rights. 

Wishing you all a low-pain and high-spirits day,
Paul Gileno
            Founder & President, U.S. Pain Foundation
Side Effect of Drug Fight Means Some Are Left to Suffer

Emily Lemiska was in trouble.
She was out of medication and she was out of state.
She was also in chronic pain, caused by a rare spine disorder, Klippel-Feil, in which two or more bones of the spinal column fuse together. In Lemiska's case, it was eight.
To treat the searing pain caused by that disorder, the former runner and fitness enthusiast relied on Tramadol, a synthetic opioid.
In 2014, while visiting her husband outside Boston where he was in a legal internship, the then-Berlin resident ran out of medication and called her doctor's office for a refill.
But the pain doctor treating her would not refill her prescription. To obtain a refill for such an opioid, patients must visit the doctor personally. 
"I can't drive," said Lemiska, now 30. "I would have to get my mother or my husband to drive me. So I asked them, 'Can I come in next week and get a temporary prescription to hold me over?'"
No, she could not. And when Lemiska's pain increased, she began to cry. And to panic. And to call any medical personnel she could find who would prescribe enough Tramadol to keep her pain at bay for a few days until she returned to Connecticut to see her doctor. Continue Reading Here...

Canton Woman Is A  Pain Warrior 

The following article was recently written by Joanne Maliszewski of Hometownlife. It features Michigan Pain Ambassador Suzanne Stewart, who has been instrumental in raising awareness in her community this month. 

Suzanne Stewart of Canton lives in pain - all of the time. And she knows plenty of others who share a similar lifestyle.

"It's up there with cancer, childbirth and amputation of a finger without anesthesia," said Stewart who suffers from an autoimmune disease and other issues.

As an ambassador for the U.S. Pain Foundation, Stewart  - who attended an educational retreat in August - has a host of events and displays this month in Canton to spread awareness of living in chronic pain. The U.S. Pain Foundation serves as advocates for pain management through a variety of methods, including medicines.

Stewart's life of pain began following an auto accident in 2002, which led to eight surgeries.  Continue Reading Here
Take The Pain Awareness Month Pledge

The Pain Awareness Month Pledge is a way to unite pain warriors, caregivers, healthcare professionals, lawmakers, and others in the form of an online promise. 

Last year, 895 individuals signed the pledge. We are pleased to announce that after the second week of Pain Awareness Month, we have had 736 individuals sign the pledge ! Let's complete that goal of surpassing last year's total signatures and continue to acknowledge and share the pledge over the next two weeks! Thank you for your support thus far, please continue sharing the pledge on your social media outlets!

Pain Awareness Month Proclamations

State Proclamations have been an ongoing initiative of U.S. Pain Foundation's Pain Awareness Month campaign.  We are proud to announce that thus far 15  states and 11 cities/towns have declared September Pain Awareness Month. There is still time to request your community's support, t o receive the proclamation template in order to submit to your town or city, please email:   Shaina@uspainfoundation.org 
Real Hope, Real Heroes

Don't forget that The 2nd Annual Real Hope, Real Heroes Gala is quickly approaching! Register today, and share information with those you know who may want to attend. The evening will be honoring the kids and veterans who participated in the 2016 INvisible Project. For More Information: RHRH.eventbrite.com

 Pain Warrior Pride 

The U.S. Pain Foundation is proud of Ambassadors and Advocates showing off their pride this month by decorating specified areas in their towns. They are showing towns throughout the nation the bravery and strength of pain warriors! 

Be Brave

Bravelets is working with the U.S. Pain Foundation to raise awareness for chronic pain by donating $10 from your purchase directly to the foundation. For an additional 20% off your purchase, use the code: BRAVE20

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