Stepping Up and Stepping Out with POPF (Power of Pain Foundation)

So many don’t realize what isolation is until they find worth in something or worth finds you. 14 years ago the injury, a right foot mid metatarsal separation changed my life.  In my story Emotional Seperation- Fire ‘N Flight Where Pain and Depression Collide by Twinkle (EKV) VanFleet you will find all the truth you need to and you will also find my story seemingly ends in 2006. My story never ended. 

As the years moved on, I learned to adapt. I wasn’t even on Facebook until 2009. I was however on Myspace where I met many RSD/CRPS leaders, organizations, shared posts, wrote posts to share. I have really never been one to hide my life. What you see is what you get as long as you are able to perceive it properly and fairly. The innocent looking, pretty, slim princess could so easily be the one selling the drugs.. and me? The pierced girl, who wears bracelets, anklets and just kicks it whether in leisure or professionally could be taken as the mobster.  I mentioned recently in a group post, the group that I founded over a decade ago that I am finally glad it’s me. That I am one to be judged, wrongly. For it might be me to make a difference in the world one day on the matter of prejudiced and profiling.  In a sense, I truly can’t wait!

I have done so much in the background over the years. The articles I had written, support given and offered, endless hours spent on so many that I let even my own family become second to all else.  I fell and I came back up. No one knew it. How could they? I didn’t tell anything.

Approximately a year or more ago, I posted a message that said “I need to find my happy” What I meant was that all my posts were bland, to the point, taken as serious. No online hints. No lol’s, no lmao’s, no ~laughs. Just the post.  Someone replied with I’m so happy you have. I was happy, too.

I started sharing posts of laughter, some not so accepted by a few. Some contained curse words, the graphic posts to me were funny and to so many others.. they laughed and laughed. Made their day! To a few they were found offensive, disgusting, wrong.

Suddenly where does that leave me?

It wasn’t until I became a member of the Power of Pain Foundation that I was able to have enough conviction and belief in myself to leave my home again.  Weight gain, swelling, vocabulary that in person is stuttered, lapse of memory, the inability to keep on my feet or even feel good about the life that had become me.

The Power of Pain Foundation showed me that I am so much more that the disabilities and inabilities that I sometimes put myself down for.

They have encouraged me to stay me! In all that I am and all that I might become.  They have accepted my diversities which so many of you will never, just never understand and they let me embrace it and move forward with all of it.

I get my work done and I fall short from time to time. What I have never had is someone putting me down, but instead encouraging me and thanking me for what I can do, not scolding me for what I am unable to do.

Simply put, work is work. Volunteer or not. Sometimes we all need a nudge just like any other job..  before you say but wait! It’s volunteer.. I can only imagine how many other volunteer positions I might have had that I would have been booted out from already. Why? Because I couldn’t get out of bed that day!

My journey with Power of Pain has afforded me the opportunity and want to get my butt out of bed or force my legs to go because it gave me incentive. We lose so much with CRPS/RSD. We need to know we still have some bit of worth. And you do! We all do. It doesn’t matter how small. It doesn’t even matter if you think there’s nothing left.. you have worth, you always will. Please remember that!

I’ve been POPF’s California Ambassador for a couple of years now. I have organized and attended one major event. I have done guest appearances on the Living with HOPE Radio Show with Host Trudy Thomas, I have Co Hosted a Bit, my grandson was featured in an article with Barby Ingle, I wrote the Forward for Barby Ingle Taylor and Ken Taylor”s book Real Love and Good Sex for Pain Patients and Their Partners 

I can’t even remember what else I might have done or achieved.

I thought that I wasn’t doing enough for POPF that I had let them down. These were my thoughts. I thought, my lack of mobility was holding me back from being able to interact with the local community and at large, the entire California Community. I thought that my immediate family issues were setting me aside because I was taking care of them. It wasn’t so.

And then..

I was honored with the promotion to Executive Board Member.

My goal now is to continue on building my POPF California Team. Throughout all of California.

I continue to search at random (with a few helpful hints) for the Power of Pain Foundation’s Patient Fundraiser Program for Youth, each month we choose 4 patients. From neuropathy, nerve diseases and disorders, RSD/CRPS, cancer treatment, medication and devices to other that will ease the life of a youth between 0 and 20.

And we divide $200 by 4. Power of Pain Foundation adds $50 to each chosen youth’s fundraiser account.

If you know anyone who fits our program specifications please contact me.

If you are in California and if you would like to be considered to represent POPF California, in any way, please contact me.  Please understand I cannot promise anyone a representative position.  I would however be most interested in speaking to you from any area of California of which you live.

Twinkle VanFleet, Twinkle.CA@powerofpain.org

May I add that POPF also offered me something else…

In my 20’s,  I was in the running to gather signatures for WSAC City Council

Accidentally in a sense..  Barby Ingle gave me back something, I lost so long ago.

Lets just say.. I’m on it now. And this time,  Que Sera, Sera

Continuing to step up and step out..

and about with POPF.

 

~Twinkle V.

 

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Seeking Participants for Faces of Pain Video 6 By the Power of Pain Foundation

POPFLogoSeeking participants for Faces of Pain Video 6 by the Power of Pain Foundation. 

Please send your photo  (head shot or body shot, family photos, photos with your pets, etc are most welcome also, just let me know who you are in the photo)
Name
Age
Location (City and State)
Reason for diagnosis IE: Nerve damage, Carpal Tunnel, Surgery, Break, Bite, Disease, Heart, etc.
The year of diagnosis or the years with diagnosis.
Includes All Nerve Diseases and Disorders. Autoimmune, Neuropathic and Other.
A favorite quote!
All info will be placed on your photo.

If you need some anonymity to participate, first name and city or state is okay. Please let us know!

This video will feature “My Only Consolation” written by Jane
Gonzales” and sung by Lequita Hoffpauir.

Please send the above information with your photo to twinkle.ca@powerofpain.org
In the Subject Line add, Faces of Pain Video 6.

Faces of Pain Video 5 can be viewed here:
http://youtu.be/y8-ngc–Bpw

Participants from Faces of Pain Video 5 are more than welcome to participate again. We would love to have you!

We look forward to showcasing you in our upcoming video!
Thank you!

~Twinkle VanFleet, California Ambassador Power of Pain Foundation

I will be attending the RSDSA’s Integrated Solutions to CRPS Conference on Behalf of the Power of Pain Foundation May 10, 2013

I am really excited to announce that in 4 days I will be attending the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Assocation’s (RSDSA) Integrated Solutions to CRPS Conference at San Francisco California’s Airport and Double Tree Hotel.

I will be attending on behalf of the Power of Pain Foundation.

I am eager to learn all that I can while there so that my knowledge regarding CRPS/RSD continues  to expand.

I am very much looking forward to meeting the RSDSA team, listening to Guest Speaker’s, and meeting those attending from various Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) and Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) Communities both online and offline.

I look forward to writing all about it after the conference.

Thank you Ken Taylor,  Barby Ingle and the Executive Board of the Power of Pain Foundation.

~Twinkle Wood-VanFleet

California State Ambassador- Power of Pain Foundation

We need community help to become an Exhibitor at the Sacramento’s Convoy of Hope

Convoy of Hope

Sponsor/ Donation Request

In-Kind and Cash donations are Tax deductible

For Immediate Release: June 26, 2012

RE: Exhibitor at the Sacramento’s Convoy of Hope event

The Power of Pain Foundation (POPF) is hoping to become an exhibitor at the Sacramento’s Convoy of Hope event. The event will take place on September 15, 2012 at the Cal Expo. The Power of Pain Foundation is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) charity. All donations are tax-deductible. We really need your help! We must raise $2,000. We will be able to reach 20,000+ people who attend the event and distribute awareness information, provide resources to the community, host a balloon launch, and answer questions. We need donations now to raise funds to participate in this great event during September 2012 – National Pain Awareness month.

Our goal at the Convoy of Hope event is to inform the public that Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy and other neuropathy conditions do exist, there is hope and help.

Please help us attend this event and reach Californians with this important information and resources. Donors of $25 or more will have their names listed on the Power of Pain Foundations Website with over 1,000,000 page views a year and our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter, Linked In), and our newsletter and email blasts, reaching over 8,000 direct people.

Thank you for your consideration.

Twinkle VanFleet

POPF California Ambassador

Media Contact Information:

Twinkle VanFleet

CAAmbassador@powerofpain.org

twinkle@crpsadvisory.com

916-850-0RSD (0773)

More on the Power of Pain Foundation

The Power of Pain Foundation (POPF) provides community based support services that address the needs of chronic pain patients with Neuropathy conditions such as RSD/CRPS, Post Cancer Pain, Lyme, MS, Fibromyalgia, Diabetic Neuropathy, and many more. Accordingly, beneficiaries include patients who are economically and socially affected by these invisible diseases. Whether you have Neuropathy pain or are a caregiver, family member, or friend of someone diagnosed, we help you face the challenges and life changes of chronic nerve pain, head on. The Power of Pain Foundation’s federal ID number is 65-1298571.

The POPF works throughout the United States to promote awareness for Neuropathy conditions. One such condition is Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, also known as RSD/CRPS, and Causalgia. More than 10 million people have been diagnosed with RSD in the United States alone. RSD has a score of 42 out of 50 on the McGill Pain Index, the highest of all medical conditions known to man. There is no cure to date.

More on the Sacramento Convoy of Hope event

“The Sacramento Convoy of Hope is a collaborative effort between dozens of local churches, businesses, social service organizations, local government and Convoy of Hope. This all-volunteer event mobilizes hundreds of area residents to serve and make a difference in their community. Strong participation by local businesses, churches, community agencies, and individuals is crucial to the success of this event. Bring your family and enjoy free services and entertainment, with more than 100,000 pounds of free groceries. There will be a health fair, job fair, free medical and dental screenings with local doctors, medical professionals and dentists, kid’s zone, free haircuts, dozens of free carnival games, inflatable’s and live entertainment. Also, free family portraits courtesy of local photographers, community services, dozens of local community service organizations and free BBQ lunch.”

213 Nottingham Drive, Colonial Heights, VA 23834, 804-657-PAIN(7246)
38556 N. Dave Street, Queen Creek, AZ 85240, 480-882-1342
A 501 (c) (3) not for profit organization – 65-1298571
www.powerofpain.org

Checks and Money orders from around the world can be sent to the address above. Please add Convoy of Hope to the memo. Or go to our website at: http://powerofpain.org/donate/ and choose your option.

Paypal account ID- donate@powerofpain.org

All donations go right back into serving you and the Convoy of Hope itself.

I can accept cash in person in Sacramento only. A receipt with both our signatures and information will be required to maintain proper records for the Power of Pain Foundation.

In addition, the Power of Pain Foundation is Hosting an Online Auction Fundraiser to help us become an exhibitor and the Convoy of Hope. We must raise funds to complete the mission of raising awareness and support for the conditions listed above.

We’re also seeking donations Sacramento area businesses who would be kind enough to offer us gift certificates, vacations, airline tickets, accessories, jewelry, hair salon certificates, spa’s, handmade items, etc for our auction.

We’re also seeking area residents who might have items to donate.

Again all items are tax-deductible.

Sponsors include: (updated daily)
Business Donors

Absolute Investigations

Individual Donors
Dani Meyers
VanFleet Family
Taylor Family

Convoy of Hope Fundraiser 2012

Facebook events Convoy of Hope Online Auction Fundraiser 2012

We would be grateful if you joined our event page and attended the auction.

Feel welcome to add me on Facebook- www.facebook.com/rsdcrpsfire

We look forward to serving you!

Thank you!

~Twinkle V.

Sacramento Balloon Release Fundraising Event for the POPF

As the Event Coordinator and California Ambassador for the Power of Pain Foundation (POPF) I would like to invite you to Help raise awareness in a balloon release fundraiser project this summer in Sacramento California for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome (RSD) aka Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and Chronic Pain issues. Each balloon/balloon bunch will have a 4 sided tag attached. The tag will include your name/business name and short message, POPF Info, and RSD Info.

Saturday, July 21, 2012  – 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Location- To be announced

Pricing is:

$2-1 balloon

$5-3 balloons

$8-5 balloons

$16-10 balloons

Pre-order Balloons at http://powerofpain.org/fundraising, be sure to include your name and short message in the comment section when completing your order. Names will also be posted on our website!

You do not have to be present in Sacramento California to participate. We will release your balloon or balloon bundles for you.

All purchases are tax deductible. The Power of Pain Foundation is a non profit 501(C)(3) Charity.

Not only will this help our cause, but will also give you advertising opportunities whether as a business, organization, foundation or individual. Your name, business name etc will be included on the tag released into the air.

Whoever finds it will not only learn about our us but you also.

For more information and to watch for updates including upcoming location Please visit and check back regularly at Public Event by Twinkle VanFleet and Barby Ingle at https://www.facebook.com/events/314514498596759/

Please help us and join our cause! We’re helping to raise continued awareness for Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Causalgia, Post Cancer Pain, and Diabetic Neuropathy.

We’re supporting the Power of Pain Foundation (POPF) in their ongoing efforts to assist patients and caregivers dealing with these and other life altering Neuropathies. Beneficiaries include patients who are economically and socially affected by these invisible diseases.

Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome/Causalgia that effects over 10,000,000 people in the United States alone. It is also an auto-immune disorder.

RSD/CRPS is a painful, progressive and often debilitating, neurological disorder that affects the network of nerves along the spinal cord. The Sympatheic Nervous System is commonly known as “Fight or Flight”. The left side of our brain contains the Para Sympathetic, the calm side and the right contains the Sympathetic. Imagine a frightful event, a tiger enters the room. The fight or flight response is our basic human instinct of survival. Fight the animal off, and face the serious consequences (fight) or get the heck out of there (flight aka fly away).

Image that a car alarm has been activated. You’re not sure why it was barely touched. It continues on with the loud noise. You finally realize that nothing you do is stopping it. Sensitivity may have triggered it but in any event it never shuts off. In this analogy there is no solution to shutting the alarm down. None!

Of course the option would have been to either cut the wires to cease the noise or to somehow dismantle or uninstall the system causing it. The alarm is the non stop seemingly never ending pain that a RSD/CRPS patient feels constantly.

There is no cure to date!   Hope to see you there!

If  you have RSD/CRPS and are interested in possibly working this event with me or can help in anyway please email me at twinklevanfleet@crpsadvisory.com

The POPF and the Living with HOPE Radio Show

Great news!

The Power of Pain Foundation Logo

The Power of Pain Foundation (POPF) and Barby Ingle are now sponsoring the Living with HOPE Radio Show with your Host Trudy Thomas.

Trudy’s goal is to promote awareness for the millions of people who struggle with chronic pain daily. To let people know they are not alone in their struggle and that there is life after diagnosis. Trudy discusses various therapies and the emotional turmoil of having a chronic incurable condition such as
RSD/CRPS and coming out on the other side.

People often times wonder where the money goes that they donate to an organization or foundation.

The Power of Pain Foundation is a 501(C)(3) non profit charity. All donations are tax deductible.

We’re passionately promoting the Power of Pain Foundation so they can continue to serve patients and caregivers dealing with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy/Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, Post Cancer Pain, Diabetic Neuropathy and other painful neuropathic conditions. Our fundraising page exists in an effort to help serve their the cause.

Beneficiaries include patients who are economically and socially affected by these invisible diseases. The POPF will help you face the challenges and life changes of chronic nerve pain, head on.

Donations are also used to serve the public in order to promote RSD/CRPS, Neuropathic and Chronic Pain awareness via Radio and other media. The sponsorship of the Living with HOPE radio show will serve that purpose.

~Twinkle V.