What is it like to live with chronic pain? It’s often hard for those living with pain to explain, and even harder for someone without ongoing pain to understand. As part of National Pain Awareness Week this year, Pain BC and Rethink, the agency responsible for our incredible ads currently on radio and TV, are hoping to bring attention to what it’s like to live with pain.
Occupational therapists help people across the lifespan participate in the activities they need and want to do. Don’t be fooled by the title “occupation”—it's more than work. For occupational therapists (OT for short), “occupations” refers to all the meaningful and necessary activities that a person needs and wants to do. These can range from taking care of yourself (bathing and getting dressed), to taking care of your family (cooking, childcare, cleaning) and yes, even work (school, paid or unpaid employment).
Pain BC is a proud supporter of an exciting new campaign, funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research’s (CIHR) Knowledge to Action operating grant competition. The “It Doesn’t Have to Hurt” campaign is a unique science-media partnership between health researchers (lead by Christine Chambers) and an award-winning online publisher targeted primarily to Canadian mothers, Erica Ehm’s the Yummy Mummy Club (YMC).
“For too long, people in pain have been told that the pain is in their heads and that there is nothing that can be done about it. Our campaign aims to dispel these myths.” – Maria Hudspith, Executive Director, Pain BC
November 2-8, 2014 is National Pain Awareness Week; here in British Columbia, Pain BC is raising awareness about persistent pain like never before. As one respondent recently shared with Pain BC in an online survey conducted by Catalyst Research Group in October, "Chronic pain is very difficult to deal with alone. The supports created by Pain BC are invaluable."
“Chronic pain is even worse to live with than lung, cardiac or liver disease. Bad chronic pain is connected with the worst quality of life. People don’t realize that it is a disease on its own, not just a symptom.”
That’s a pain warrior talking, a warrior who has been in the battle against pain for over 25 years. Dr. Mary Lynch’s new patients wait more than two years to see her because of her renown as an unusually empathetic physician who understands the complexities of living with pain, day in, day out, year after year.