Photography and stories to illustrate the day-to-day struggles of real people living with chronic pain.
The goal is to make visible the experiences and challenges that are oftentimes hidden, ignored or misunderstood.
U.S. Pain Foundation is excited to announce the launch of the 2015 INvisible Project this January!
We would like to acknowledge and thank our upcoming participants - Anthony Ameen, Casey Cashman, Emily Lemiska, Guy LoPresti, JP Summers, Lynne Popadak, Melanie Dickens, Michele Rice, Nick Duggan and Robert Foley - for being a part of this profound campaign.
To My Fellow Pain Warriors and Friends:
The U.S. Pain Foundation is happy to say we have been extremely busy preparing for upcoming events! We are preparing INvisible Project launches across the country, an advocacy summit for U.S. Pain Ambassadors to help further our reach in legislation, Take Control of Your Pain Days, and Pain Awareness Month!
Since September's Pain Awareness Month is just around corner, we have begun to prepare for our numerous awareness campaigns and events we spearhead each year. We are looking forward to YOU helping us further chronic pain awareness through our programs such as Beautify in Blue, pain awareness month proclamations and Macy's Shop For a Cause.
As we want to have our members more involved in our awareness efforts this Fall, please feel free to contact us with any questions you have regarding our Pain Awareness Month's campaigns. We will continue to provide you information as September approaches.
Thank you for being a part of our mission - to improve the lives of those living with pain by validating chronic medical conditions and educating others. You are all pain warriors, and U.S. Pain is here to help.
Wishing you all a low-pain and high-spirits day,
Founder & President, U.S. Pain Foundation
Preparing for September's Pain Awareness Month with U.S. Pain
September is recognized as Pain Awareness Month internationally, however individuals still know very little about chronic pain and the over 100 million Americans that suffer from pain. That's where WE come in! It is our job to teach others about the various types of chronic pain we suffer from. This year U.S. Pain is asking all of our pain warriors to get involved in one of the various programs we have.
Get a proclamation from your town or state declaring September Pain Awareness Month:
Send an email to Director of Motivation and Development, Keith Volker, stating the town or state you would like to submit your request to. This prevents duplicate efforts from our Pain Ambassadors.
If a state has already been taken by a fellow Pain Ambassador, we are requesting that you submit to your local town leaders for approval!
Contact Keith at:
Beautify your town in Blue!
If you are interested in highlighting the bravery of fellow pain survivors, I invite you to decorate your towns in royal blue with ribbons and signs. U.S. Pain Foundation supplies the materials, you supply the passion and willingness to raise awareness! (There is no cost to participants as U.S. Pain will include a shipping label for you to return signs and unused ribbons at the end of the campaign).
You will need to complete a commitment form for your city or town. Once completed, I will email you the Beautify in Blue Campaign Letter to be submitted to your local governing body.
Please contact Shaina Smith for the paperwork:
Shop for a Cause:
U.S. Pain Supporters pay $5 for a coupon which will provide them with 25% off at Macy's registers on
To make purchasing your discount coupons more convenient, our Pay-Pal link will be available. U.S. Pain is thrilled to be participating in Macy's Shop for a Cause and will provide members with further information on this fundraising initiative in the coming weeks!
Contact Sue at:
Look for upcoming events:
U.S. Pain is hosting a Gala in Parsippany, New Jerseyon
August 15, which you are invited to attend, look for your invitation in your inbox or look at the details below!
U.S. Pain is also hosting a Take Control of Your Pain Day, please look for that in your e-mail as well!
We will keep you posted on any other upcoming events as they arise!
REAL HOPE, REAL HEROES Gala:
A Celebration of Real-Life Heroes
U.S. Pain Foundation is proud to present our annual Gala Saturday, August 15 at the Parsippany Hilton in Parsippany, New Jersey. Entitled
Real Hope, Real Heroes: A celebration of real-life heroes
, the evening recognizes ten inspiring individuals who participated in this year's INvisible Project display.
The INvisible Project is a campaign to create chronic pain awareness through the photographs and stories of people with chronic pain. The project focuses on Real People living with chronic pain through Real Photos that provide Real Hope!
The proceeds from this event are used to fund the INvisible Project and our other programs at U.S. Pain Foundation. We look forward to celebrating with you.
For more information about the Gala, and how to register, simply click on the image below.
Sign up Now for the Center for Courageous Kids Camp
The U.S. Pain Foundation, The Coalition Against Pediatric Pain (TCAPP), and RSDSA have partnered with The Center for Courageous Kids to bring you a camp for kids with chronic pain.This camp is for a child/children and one adult and will take place at
The Center for Courageous Kids in Scottsville, Kentucky from
July 14-17th for kids in pain. It is free of charge for both campers and one of their parents. This camp is an opportunity for parents and kids who deal with daily pain to kick up their heels and have fun in a safe, accepting environment!
There are still spots available! To learn more about the camp location and what they have to offer, please visit The Center for Courageous Kids website at:
Summer is here and in order to have the best summer possible, U.S. Pain would like to remind you of a few tips to make that a reality!
1.) HYDRATE! We cannot stress the importance of hydration enough. The best way to go about this is having a water bottle with you at all times that you can easily refill wherever you are! You may also want to add other sports drinks like Gatorade or Smart Water to your daily mix.
2.) Continue a healthy, proper diet! Although the heat and humidity may cause lack of appetite, it is vital to continue your regular diet! Summer doesn't mean free pass on all meals, doctors' orders still apply! But maybe treat yourself a little once and awhile!
3.) Keep cool! Whether that means carrying iced water around, heading to the local pool, or purchasing a house fan, do your best to stay cool!
4.) For parents...if your kids nap, you may want to take a nap right along with them. If they don't nap, spend some down time with them so both you and your children can relax. The summer sun can take a lot of energy out of you (and your children!) so take some time each day to relax.
5.) Listen to your body! This is important all year-round, so don't neglect your body just because it's summertime!
6.) Find some cheap, fun activities to do on our Pinterest account! There are all sorts of activities to do on our Pinterest account, check them out and see if you can't find something to entertain yourself!
7.) Prepare for Pain Awareness Month! All of the steps are above.
Journey Through Pain
Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center is inviting you to an art exhibit. This exhibit will feature art done by patients with pain and continues throughout the month of June.
Where: Twin Pines Art Center Manor House
10 Twin Pines Lane
Belmont, CA 94002
When: June 3-27
We encourage all those in the Bay Area to come view inspiring, moving artwork!
Don't forget that U.S. Pain joined forces with AmazonSmile!
This is simplest, easiest and most automatic way for you to support U.S. Pain Foundation every time you shop!
Simply visit http://smile.amazon.com/ and choose U.S. Pain Foundation as the organization you wish to support. Then each time you make a purchase through AmazonSmile, Amazon will give to U.S. Pain in a form of a donation. It is that easy and there is NO COST to you!