NERVEmber – iPain Foundation

NERVEmber ™ brings awareness to the 150 plus conditions that have nerve pain as a symptom.The International Pain Foundation host the OFFICIAL NERVEmber project events each year. Since its inception, tens of thousands of nerve pain patients and organizations have signed on to help promote NERVEmber. Did you know the color orange is the international color for chronic pain awareness. In over 150 conditions that do have nerve pain as a symptom, RSD is one of the most painful.  Yet this condition is misunderstood, mistreated and often misdiagnosed.#NERVEmber is International Nerve Pain Awareness Month (including RSD, CRPS, Diabetes, Neuropathy and more). Each day during the month of NERVEmber the iPain (@powerofpain) will present an awareness task that we can all perform!This year we are also giving away prizes available for everyone who registers to participate and uses the hashtags, complete tasks, host or attend an event. The more you participate in OFFICIAL #NERVEmber events, the more chances you have to win! Check out all events going on in NERVEmber Event Calendar.You can bring awareness to conditions like #RSD #CRPS #Diabetes by posting everyday in #NERVEmber with @powerofpain #PaintTheWorldOrange. Using these tags will earn you chances to win some great prizes!During November, the International Pain Foundation’s #NERVEmber project is also supporting the #CRPSdayofaction, #RSDdayofaction, @theproject3x5’s #OrangeInitiative, A voice for the people with CRPS – CRPS RSD Australian Network, United in the Fight for CRPS Awareness, #ColorTheWorldOrange, #ColourTheWorldOrange.Want to be a #iPain Super Advocate for NERVEmber and have extra chances to win! … Register HERE Thank you for visiting NERVEmber.org and don’t forget to visit NERVEmber™ on FACEBOOK.

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Source: NERVEmber – iPain Foundation

Review – West Coast Pain Summit: Advocacy, Access to Care and Neuromodulation

November 18, 2015

The West Coast Pain Summit was held on November 14, 2015 at the Elk Grove Public Library Conference Room. In attendance was Lynn Green – Pain Therapist, Medtronic INC (Medtronic.com), Jacie Tourart – PA-C, Spine & Nerve Diagnostic Center (spinenerve.com), MarLeice Hyde – Erasing Pain (erasingpain.com) and Michael Connors, LVN. Harmony Home Care (harmonycareathome.com). We had local and out-of-town attendee’s join us. Our Power of Pain Foundation Delegates Erik and Kharisma VanFleet assisted as needed and 9-year-old ‘Tai Howard offered a friendly smile and a well-behaved demeanor.

Lynn Green, Twinkle VanFleet, Jacie Touart #popwcps #NERVEmber November 14, 2015 POPF 1

Mr. Clete Dodson won our Power of Pain Long Sleeve Shirt chosen from the in person drawing. Monique Maxwell was chosen for our #NERVEmber silent drawing.

My presentation included, but was not limited to:

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Welcome to the First Annual West Coast Pain Forum hosted by the Power of Pain Foundation.

This year hosted and sponsored by both the Power of Pain Foundation and Medtronic Neuromodulation.

Our topics today include Access to Care, Advocacy and Neuromodulation with Medtronic Pain Therapies from Medtronic.com and TameThePain.com

Access to Care

Patient Rights

There are 8 key areas to the Patients’ Bill of Rights

  1. You have the right to accurate and easily understood information about your health plan, healthcare professionals, and health care facilities.
  2. You have the right to your choice of providers and plans.

 

  1. You have the right to emergency services. (Emergency department, urgent care)

 

  1. You have the right to take part in treatment decisions.

 

  1. You have the right to respect and non-discrimination

 

  1. You have the right to confidentiality. (Privacy of healthcare information)

 

  1. You have the right to file complaints and appeals.

 

  1. You have the right to your consumer responsibilities. (Take an active role in your own health and well-being. Doctors are only a tool, too. )

Patient Communication

Understand your symptoms

Communicate with caregivers and healthcare professionals

Communication is essential.

Become an expert in your pain

Be prepared when attending your doctor’s visit.

Keep a pain journal.

Write down your questions.

Do you have concerns about your medication, or treatments?

Take notes.

Have a shared understanding of your pain and symptoms.

Get emotions under control.

Be assertive, but listen to others.

Describe your pain. (Don’t just say its pain. Does it burn, stab, pinch, tingle. Does it feel like cutting, aches, or throbbing? Is it localized or all over? Is it instigated by stress, depression, emotions?) Your doctor can’t help you if you’re not able to communicate.

Take someone with you to your appointments.

Take responsibility in reaching goals.

 

Twinkle V - #popwcps #NERVEmber November 14, 2015 POPFCaregivers: Be mindful and assertive in caregiving. According to the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Hospital in New York, a family caregiver is “anyone who provides any type of physical and or emotional care for an ill or disabled loved one at home”. For this definition, “family” refers to a nonprofessional who is called “family” by the person who is sick. Sometimes, family is whoever shows up to help. (IN the FACE of PAIN, 5th edition, page 40)

Patients

Be easy on your caregiver without them you might not have any one to care for you. If you’re both a patient and a caregiver, be easy on each other. No one knows better than both of you.

Reducing Conflicts

Keep one network of physicians. One primary care provider, let referrals be given by only him or her.

Use only one pharmacy. Have medications sent to the same location. Pick them up from that location.

Don’t allow more than one physician to prescribe you an opioid pain medication.

The PDMP/ Prescription Drug Monitoring Program contains records of your prescribing history and is maintained and reviewed for changes in your habits.

When visiting ED’s describe your pain on the 0 – 10 NRS or Numeric Rating Scale which is most commonly recognized in emergency care. The NRS Scale for pain measures the intensity of your pain. It’s the 11 point numeric scale with 0 representing “no pain” and 10 representing “the worse pain imaginable”, “as bad as you can imagine” or unimaginable and unspeakable pain”.

Don’t tell the doctor your pain is an 11 or 20. You may be found unbelievable and your access to timely and proper care may be delayed, or in some instances even denied. You want them ready and willing to assist and care for you without second guessing.

*Adherence

Medications don’t work if we don’t take them. They’re prescribed to be taken as directed. Not doing so can lead to flare ups, increased pain, adverse reactions, withdrawal and misuse.

Examples of non-adherence

Not filling prescriptions

Not picking up filled prescriptions from the pharmacy

Skipping doses

Stopping medication before instructions say you should

Taking more than instructed or at the wrong time of day

*(IN the FACE of PAIN, 5th edition, page 16)

Potential setbacks

Many patients, including myself, have a severe Vitamin D deficiency in addition to the dystrophy caused by their diseases, or syndromes. Dystrophy is defined as – a disorder in which an organ or tissue of the body wastes away. This includes the bone and tissue in the mouth, jaw, teeth, and gums. Access to care can be a setback when our teeth decay, break away, or we’ve lost them as a result. Lacking dental insurance is an issue of its own. Judgement regarding addiction, misuse and drug seeking can hinder care until each time we prove otherwise. Additionally, BiPAP and CPAP use can contribute to dry mouth and decay. Moisture removed from the mouth is another price we pay just to breathe.

AB 374

The California Legislature approved a bill (Assembly Bill 374) the second week of September. Step Therapy required that a patient try and fail (fail first) a medication before being allowed to take the one their physician would have otherwise prescribed for them. AB 374 now allows providers in California to fill out a form to bypass step therapy requirements.

 The PA Shuffle: Prior Authorization; information on our efforts can be found at our table, next to our ADF Policy efforts.

 

An energy assistance program is available through SMUD for qualifying patients who use specific medical devices. You can request the Medical Assistance Program Application by calling the Residential Inquiries number located on your bill.

Each of the above can assist in access and care. ( 7 min ) ^

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Pain Clinic (15 mins)

Break, meet and greet, #painPOP info

We’d love to have you take part in our #painPOP in the parking lot after the conference for photos and a bit of fun in raising awareness for National Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome Month. Our #painPOP campaign is participate or donate. Accept a challenge or donate to our cause.. I challenge all of you to raise awareness for the painful, debilitating and often progressive Neuro autoimmune illness that desperately needs a cure, an understanding for better quality of care, early diagnosis for stabilization or remission, and continued education and support materials, programs, free public educational events and conferences that we provide free to patients, caregivers, the healthcare community and the general public. We can’t do it without the help of awareness and funding. If you didn’t receive your raffle ticket joining us today, ask for one. Check NERVEmber.org tomorrow to see if you’ve got the winning numbers. You’ll be contacted to be sent your prize. Medtronic is up next with a demo, overview and a Q & A session.  Enjoy each other!

Introduce

Medtronic

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Advocacy

 The Power of Pain Foundation Co-Sponsored SB 623 ( Abuse-deterrent Opioid Analgesics ) with Assemblyman Jim Wood and attended the live press conference held at the California State Capital on March 24, 2015. We will continue to support this bill in 2016. The bill will provide a safer alternative option to opioid medications by deterring several non-swallowing ways opioids can be abused.

Getting involved

You can join our international Delegates team by visiting:  powerofpain.org/delegates-of-popf

We’re always looking for committed local volunteer advocates to support our legislative and policy efforts. The Power of Pain Foundation is a member of:

The Consumer Pain Advocacy Task Force (CPATF) which is comprised of national leaders and decision-makers from 16 consumer-nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to patient well-being and supporting the use of effective methods for pain treatment. The State Pain Policy Advocacy Network (SPPAN) first convened these leaders in March 2014 to organize a collective action effort to benefit people with pain.  consumerpainadvocacy.org

SPPAN is an association of leaders, representing a variety of health care and consumer organizations and individuals, who work together in a cooperative and coordinated fashion to effect positive pain policy on the state level—policy that guarantees access to comprehensive and effective pain care for all people living with pain. Power of Pain Foundation is one of the original SPPAN partners. sppan.aapainmanage.org/

As POP Advocacy Director (POP 2011-12) and a SPPAN leader since 2013, locals would be working with me, as needed, to attend and represent us at the Capital.

We thank you all for attending today. We look forward to seeing you again next year. Please visit powerofpain.org for our education, awareness, advocacy and access to care missions.

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#painPOP with attendees from WCPS

Published on Nov 14, 2015

#painPOP with some of the attendees from the POP’s West Coast Pain Summit 2015 for neuropathy awareness in #‎NERVEmber #‎ihavethenervetobeheard #‎doyouhavethenervetobeheard #‎powerofpain
http://PowerofPain.org/conditions #‎ShareAndMakeAware #‎ParticipateAndOrDonate


 


 

 

 

Additional photos can be found on the Power of Pain Foundation’s Facebook Page at facebook.com/powerofpain in the 2015 POP Events Album.

Twinkle VanFleet, Lynn Green, Jacie Touart #popwcps #NERVEmber November 14, 2015 POPF 2Lynn Green Medtronic, Twinkle VanFleet #popwcps #NERVEmber November 14, 2015 POPFLynn Green – Pain Therapist, Medtronic INC (Medtronic.com), Twinkle VanFleet – Advocacy Director (powerofpain.org) and Jacie Tourart – PA-C, Spine & Nerve Diagnostic Center (spinenerve.com).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

POPFLogoEmailThe 8 key areas of the Patient’s Bill of Rights

Information for patients

You have the right to accurate and easily understood information about your health plan, health care professionals, and health care facilities. If you speak another language, have a physical or mental disability, or just don’t understand something, help should be given so you can make informed health care decisions.

Choice of providers and plans

You have the right to choose health care providers who can give you high-quality health care when you need it.

Access to emergency services

If you have severe pain, an injury, or sudden illness that makes you believe that your health is in danger, you have the right to be screened and stabilized using emergency services. You should be able to use these services whenever and wherever you need them, without needing to wait for authorization and without any financial penalty.

Taking part in treatment decisions

You have the right to know your treatment options and take part in decisions about your care. Parents, guardians, family members, or others that you choose can speak for you if you cannot make your own decisions.

Respect and non-discrimination

You have a right to considerate, respectful care from your doctor’s, health plan representatives, and other health care providers that does not discriminate against you.

Confidentiality (privacy) of health information

You have the right to talk privately with health care providers and to have your health care information protected. You also have the right to read and copy your own medical record. You have the right to ask that your doctor change your record if it is not correct, relevant, or complete.

Complaints and appeals

You have the right to a fair, fast, and objective review of any complaint you have against your health plan, doctors, hospitals or other health care personnel. This includes complaints about waiting times, operating hours, the actions of health care personnel, and the adequacy of health care facilities.

Consumer responsibilities

In a health care system that protects consumer or patients’ rights, patients should expect to take on some responsibilities to get well and/or stay well (for instance, exercising and not using tobacco). Patients are expected to do things like treat health care workers and other patients with respect, try to pay their medical bills, and follow the rules and benefits of their health plan coverage. Having patients involved in their care increases the chance of the best possible outcomes and helps support a high quality, cost-conscious health care system.

According to the presentation at the POPF Midwest PAIN Expo attendee’s learn the importance of the of the “Patient Bill of Rights”  (“Patient Rights” 3). (et al.) 


 

 

We look forward to seeing you next year!

Twinkle VanFleet, Sacramento resident and pain patient. Executive Board Member and Advocacy Director, Power of Pain Foundation.

 

Living with HOPE Radio Show: Re-Airs Live- NERVEmber 19, 2015

Living with HOPE - Trudy Thomas Radio Show LogoThe Living with HOPE Radio Show with Host Trudy Thomas will re air live NERVEmber 19th, 2015 on the Body, Mind, and Spirit Network. Due to health reasons she took leave in January and has been working toward returning.

I’ll be re-joining Trudy as co-host each Thursday at 2:30 p.m PST/5:30 p.m EST with a 30 minute guest speaker, or to review, or to discuss current affairs. The chat room will be available for your combination of listening and chatting pleasure. The call in number for the show is (929) 477-3203.

Please stay on the line to listen live or press 1 to speak to the host.

Living With Hope: Guest Twinkle Van Fleet

Together, we’ll bring you a diverse array of treatment options, healing essentials, technology, inspiration, activities, and living with hope.

Since 2007, Trudy’s mission has been to promote awareness for the millions of people who struggle with chronic or intractable pain. To let people know that they are not alone in their journey and that there is life after diagnosis. Trudy discusses various therapies and the emotional struggles that can arise with a chronic incurable condition such as RSD/CRPS and coming out on the other side. She strives to empower, inform and educate.

If you have a topic of interest or would like to request guest consideration and have any questions, Please, contact Trudy at: goldfield_nv@hotmail.com

With “Topic of interest” in the subject line to propose a topic. “Guest speaker” to be considered as a guest and “Question” to ask your question. Please provide your proposal or question for either. This helps filter email and requests to better serve you.

Hope to see you there!

 

POPF 2014 National P.A.I.N Summit with Montel Williams

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Power of Pain Gets Ready for September: Pain Awareness Month

POPFNationalPainAwarenessMonthPain Awareness Month is right around the corner.  September is always a busy time for most of us.  These are just a few of the Power of Pain Foundation’s events and activities during that time. Please feel welcome to join in on the events you are able to. We have other’s we are involved with from State to State. We look forward to all that you are doing for the mutual cause we share as well as the hope and fight for a cure we all work so hard for when raising awareness. If you have an event you would like me to share, please feel free to contact me.

I wish you pain eased days and nights, ~Twinkle V.

September is Pain Awareness Month!

PAINWeek 2013

WHEN:
September 4, 2013 – September 7, 2013

WHERE:
Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
Las Vegas
NV
USA

CONTACT:
PAINWeek 973-415-5100
info@painweek.org
Event website: www.painweek.org

EDUCATION
Lyme MS Neuropathy Pain RSD
Audience: physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, hospitalists, dentists, social workers, and podiatrists

The PAINWeek 2014 Schedule at a Glance is now available! Debuting this year will be two new course formats to broaden the educational experience for our attendees:

Frontline Practitioner Focus will delve into the practice challenges that are particular to provider types and practice settings, including hospitalists, nurses, pharmacists and physician assistants
Clinical Conundrums will present case-based examinations of assessment and diagnosis, and criteria for specialist referral in the pursuit of better treatment outcomes

info@painweek.org

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Chronic Pain Solutions Webinar Series
Online
CONTACT:
Power of Pain Foundation

480-882-1342

Please register for Chronic Pain Solutions on Jul 24, 2013 5:00 PM PDT at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7262827706450704128

Dr. Daniel Twogood, D.C., has been practicing chiropractic medicine in Southern California for 30 years. The doctor will describe 10 steps necessary to lower or eliminate chronic pain. This program does not work for everyone, but is noninvasive and we hope that attendees take away a few good pointers from it. This webinar not a cure, it is a tool to help people manage their chronic pain.

Dr. Twogood will discuss that chronic pain is caused by ongoing inflammation which is caused by specific substances in the diet, food additives & medication. He was also on the blogtalk show Living with Hope, sponsored by the Power of Pain Foundation in May 2013.

Over 100 million Americans suffer with some form of chronic pain such as back pain, fibromyalgia, migraines and arthritis.  His book is easy to read and lists the ten steps necessary to eliminate chronic conditions fibromyalgia, headaches, psoriasis, Crohn’s disease and more, based on this doctors findings over all the years he has been practicing medicine.

Where conventional medicine isn’t always effective, Dr. Daniel reports that relief is available by following these 10 steps outlined in his book. Most patients he works with recover well before 90 days.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

The Power of Pain does not endorse the presenter or their products. This is being offered as a tool that people in pain and their caregivers can listen to, ask questions, and start a discussion.

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POPF’s P.A.I.N. Summit 2013

WHEN:
September 14, 2013 @ 8:00 am – 4:00 pm

WHERE:
Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Conference Center
9003 East Shea Boulevard
Scottsdale,AZ 85260
USA
COST:
Free

ONLINE and in PERSON

CONTACT:
Power of Pain Foundation info@powerofpain.org

The 7th Annual P.A.I.N. Summit hosted by the Power of Pain Foundation provides a great avenue for pain education for providers, patients and their caregivers. This year’s conference consists of an exhibit area and educational sessions that focus on better diagnosis and treatment options for pain patients, chronic pain issues (as a whole), prescription monitoring programs, and Proper Opioid Management. There will be breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack provided to attendees.

The event will be hosted by Brittany Brannon, Miss Arizona USA 2011, model, and RSD patient. The event will also feature two celebrity speakers, Dr. Natalie Stand, MD winner of the Amazing Race, and WWE star and professional wrestler, Raven.

The day will consist of two sessions.
8am – 1:00pm The morning sessions are focused for healthcare providers. This includes all areas of expertise; anesthesiologists, complementary medicine specialists, emergency room, general practitioners, internal medicine, neurologists, nurses, orthopedics, pharmacists, physiatrists, physician assistants, primary care physicians, psychiatrists, surgeons, and therapists. Any clinician who practices, or is interested in practicing, pain management from an integrative perspective, will benefit from the meeting. HCP’s will be introduced to the rapidly expanding field of diagnosis and treatment. This conference will proved attendees a greater awareness and understanding of the need to appropriately identify, diagnose (HCPs only) and treat/seek treatment of common types of pain, including fibromyalgia, painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy and other chronic pain conditions.
1:30pm – 4:30pm The afternoon sessions will be filled with patients and their family/ caregivers. This portion of the conference will provide attendees a greater awareness and understanding of the need to appropriately identify, and treat/seek treatment of common types of pain.

There is no charge to attend this conference.
Schedule (tentative)
HCP Sessions
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Ongoing Registration Breakfast served Hosted by Brittany Brannon
8:15 am – 9:00 am Keynote address: Preventing complications that arise from diabetes such as peripheral neuropathy (pain)
Dr. Natalie Stand, MD, Amazing Race Winner, USC Pain Clinic
9:10 am – 9:55 am An Integrative Approach to Chronic Pain Dr. Philip Getson, DO, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
9:55 am – 10:40 am Cultural Competency and the Patient in Pain Dr. Maged Hamza, Virginia Commonwealth University
Pain Clinic Director, Richmond, VA
10:40 am – 11:20 Evidence Based Chronic Pain Care Linda Watkins, PhD, University of Colorado
11:20 am – 12:00 Complementary Medicine and its role in Chronic Pain Management (TBD)
12:00 pm – 1:00 Open Discussion with the Speakers and Attendees Lunch is served, Exhibitors

Patient/ Caregiver Sessions
1:30 pm – 2:30pm An Integrative Approach to Chronic Pain Dr. Philip Getson, DO, Drexel University, NJ
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm Prescription Drug Monitor program Explained Rob Kronenberg, PharmD
3:15 pm – 4:00pm The Patients Perspective; At Home Pain Coping Skills Raven WWE Wrestler, Barby Ingle Power of Pain
Foundation, and Diane Kennelly AZ Fibromyalgia Group Leader

If you are unable to attend in person, you can attend by watching our UStream Channel
http://www.ustream.tv/channel/power-of-pain-foundation

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AANEM 60th Annual Meeting
WHEN:
September 17, 2013 – September 20, 2013

WHERE:
Montreal
QC
Canada

Event Website- http://www.aanem.org/Home.aspx

American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine

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American Academy of Pain Management

WHEN:
September 26, 2013 – September 29, 2013

WHERE:
JW Marriott Orlando
4040 Central Florida Parkway
Orlando,FL 32837
USA
CONTACT:
209-533-9744

Event Website-

http://www.aapainmanage.org/conference/annual-clinical-meeting/register.html

The American Academy of Pain Management’s 24th Annual Clinical Meeting

Come for the education, the experience, and the pure enjoyment!

Join us at the Academy’s 2013 Annual Meeting, Exploring the Science, Practicing the Art and expand your knowledge and understanding about pain management, meet some of the most forward-thinking experts in the field, gain practical hands-on experiences, and have a great time!

Who Should Attend – Any clinician who practices, or is interested in practicing, pain management from an integrative perspective, will benefit from the meeting.

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Institute on Psychiatric Services

WHEN:
October 10, 2013 – October 13, 2013

WHERE:
Philadelphia
PA
USA

Event Website- http://www.psych.org/

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ASA Annual Meeting

WHEN:
October 12, 2013 – October 16, 2013

WHERE:
San Francisco
CA
USA

American Society of Anesthesiologists

847-825-5586

Event Website- http://www.asahq.org/

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NERVEmber

2013 Scottsdale Headache Symposium

WHEN:
November 13, 2013 – November 17, 2013

WHERE:
Scottsdale
AZ
USA

CONTACT:
American Headache Society
Event Website- http://www.achenet.org

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Comic Pain Relief

WHEN:
November 8, 2013

WHERE:
Chandler Center for the Arts
250 North Arizona Avenue
Chandler,AZ 85225
USA

CONTACT:
Power of Pain Foundation 480-882-1342
info@powerofpain.org

Event Website: http://powerofpain.org/
Comic Pain Relief 2013 presented by the Power of Pain Foundation for NERVEmber. More Info to come!

Comic Pain Relief is a charity show to help raise awareness of chronic pain issues through a great social event using comedy. The event is open the public.

The Comic Pain Relief show will take place to help raise proceeds and support for low income and under-insured patients who are affected by chronic pain conditions such as Post Cancer Neuropathy, MS, Lyme Disease, Diabetic Neuropathy and Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy.

Neuropathy pain conditions affect people of all ages, and races. There are over 100 million Americans with Chronic Pain.

KenTaylorExecutiveDirectorPowerofPainKen Taylor
Ken is the Executive Director of the Power of Pain Foundation, and an expert on several neuropathy conditions.  Ken@powerofpain.org

 

 

Through Our Motivation For a Cure, We Turn Pain Into Power!  ©powerofpain

Now I Lay Me Down… (An RSD/CRPS Poem)

Poem Now I Lay Me Down by Twinkle Wood VanFleetThis poem is dedicated to all my RSD/CRPS brothers and sisters. It was written only a few months ago. For many years I had a popular poetry site called Golden Rainbow Poetry and became Golden Rainbow Poetry Creations as it evolved. I had a small business license back then under the same name.

Many of my poems have been lost, some have been found and others are hopefully backed up on a drive I have not located yet. From my earlier years of writing there is a journal type book somewhere that has dozens hand written in. I am hoping it is in the garage in a box.

Soon I will begin to share the ones I do have available. Some have been published in both hard print and audio, in hard bound compilations of 100’s of poets together in 1 book, 4 of my poems live inside those, others on various internet sites. I wrote a poem for 911 that is on audio. The project was published as both hard bound book with an audio CD, mine made it to the audio part.

Each of my poems have a mood, some in imagery that leaves the reader to wonder the meaning and also to connect with the words themselves.

Some of these poems could come from the reader themselves. It could be anyone, anywhere and at anytime.

It is still Nervember (November) National RSD/CRPS Awareness Month. I hope the poem above brings a bit of awareness to those who can’t seem to grasp the meaning of RSD/CRPS. Or… What it feels like.

A special thanks to Barby Ingle, Trudy ThomasChris Greulich, and the Power of Pain Foundation.

Thanksgiving is less than 2 days away. I have much thanks to celebrate. Especially for the having the very best husband in the world, my children, grandson and the fire in my flesh and bones I survive however hard.

I am thankful for those friends mentioned above.  I am thankful for my mom, sister and extended family. I am thankful for being here to help others, I am thankful for those who help me.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Always be as well as you can be

Wishing each of you pain eased days and nights…

 

Help Make It Happen! Aunt Barby Hurts – A Children’s Book about Chronic Pain

Please, Help fund this project in NERVEmber! 2012

Aunt Barby Hurts – A Children’s Book about Chronic Pain
A full-color story book that will improve the daily lives of families that deal with the struggles associated with Chronic Pain.

To understand the importance of this book, Watch the Video!

Go to http://www.indiegogo.com/aunt-barby-hurts to make a contribution to this great project.

Please make a contribution no matter how small, every dollar helps us reach the goal. This is a unique and worthy project to help our young population understand how to interact with those who experience some kind of chronic pain. Contributions can be as small as $1.00 and gifts will be given to the higher donations starting at only $10.00.  Click on the image and see what its all about.

What we’re hoping to do, with your help, is create a children’s story book that deals with the topic of chronic pain. It will be a fully illustrated story; not merely an instructional handbook. And the goals of the book will be to introduce the idea of chronic pain, comfort children who know someone with chronic pain, and to help them learn ways of playing with, showing affection for and caring for that person.

What?

What we’re hoping to do, with your help, is create a children’s story book that deals with the topic of chronic pain. It will be a fully illustrated story; not merely an instructional handbook. And the goals of the book will be to introduce the idea of chronic pain, comfort children who know someone with chronic pain, and to help them learn ways of playing with, showing affection for and caring for that person.

Why?

I was watching my son and his cousins interacting with their aunt Barby, who suffers with chronic pain. It was difficult for them to understand why they couldn’t give her hugs, or make loud noises. Looking at her, she doesn’t seem hurt; she doesn’t have a cast or even a band-aid. Chronic pain is often invisible, which makes it difficult for children to understand.

They would forget and sometimes play too rough with her. Sometimes that would hurt her and she would cry out; then they would feel guilty, as if they are the one that caused her to be in pain. They even started to think the best thing was to leave her alone and play somewhere out of her way. But Barby wanted to play with them, talk with them and show them how much she loved them.

Seeing this, I wondered how this might be playing out in other homes with family members who suffer from chronic pain. Over 116 million people in America have chronic pain. I thought there must be a good way to teach the children in these families all about it, how to help the family member cope, and how to play and have a great time with them: to have a normal full relationship. In talking with Barby, we agreed that a children’s story book would be the best way of dealing with this type of need.

How?

Tim and Barby will work together to create an engaging story that directly addresses many of the daily challenges of living with Chronic pain and presents them to children in a gentle and natural way. Once the story is complete, Tim will develop the artwork to bring the story to life. Tim is a fully digital artist, who works in Photoshop with a Wacom tablet.

After the story and art are complete, they will be laid out for high-quality printing as well as developed into a digital app for phones and tablets.

November is “NERVEmber!”

We’d like to dedicate this project in honor of NERVEmber 2012, the month for Neuropathy Awareness.

Tim Ingle- Co Author and Illustrator

Barby Ingle- Co Author

www.powerofpain.org

www.facebook.com/powerofpain

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Fixed Funding campaign

This campaign will only receive funds if at least $13,999 is raised by Fri Nov 30 at 11:59PM PT.

It’s crucial that this project receives it’s funding by the deadline in order to proceed.

Most people don’t realize how far a dollar with go. If all of my friends, Barby Ingle’s friends, the Power of Pain Foundation’s friends, supporter’s of the Power of Pain Foundation, supporters of chronic pain and RSD/CRPS awareness can give a gift of $2 we could reach our goal.

I say “we” and “our’ because this project has the potential of changing lives. Making happier lives. Teaching children how to interact with those of us in pain and helping us care for them while hurting.

If you are a group, an organization, a business, please start a donation jar and donate no later than November 30th.

Please go to http://www.indiegogo.com/aunt-barby-hurts

I gave, will you give with me?

It all starts with us!

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