September is Pain Awareness Month. Pain affects more Americans than diabetes, heart disease and cancer combined, and is a leading cause of disability in the United States. Yet, it remains woefully undertreated and misunderstood, resulting in needless suffering .
This September, the National Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness Week campaign is joining with the American Pain Foundation to endorse the Virtual March on Washington to raise awareness about the barriers to accessing appropriate and effective pain management and the desperate need to improve pain care for all Americans.
Go to www.painfoundation.org/virtualmarch to participate in the march.
Opportunities to engage include: writing your legislator, watching condition specific videos, chatting with others affected by pain and adding your voice to the 10,000 Voices campaign. You can also use resources in the PAM Advocacy Toolkit to host an event in your local community or get tips and templates for writing a letter to the editor. Go to www.APFActionNetwork.org to see how. Tell YOUR story. Join us to create change!