By Ed Coghlan.
A Rhode Island woman has created radio and publicity materials to help drive attendance at Don’t Punish Pain Rallies that are being held nationwide on September 18.
Claudia Merandi, who suffered from Crohn’s Disease has been a patient advocate who, as she said, “was at a standstill with my (Rhode Island) Department of Health.”
It was time to do something else.
Merandi’s efforts appear to bearing fruit—over 60 rallies across America are already scheduled and she thinks the number could hit 100 by mid September.
Here’s a list of the rallies that are already scheduled.
While it started as an effort to have rallies in every state capital, Merandi’s advice is do something.
“If the state capital is too far away, have a rally at a pain management center or a pharmacy,” she said. “The idea is for the patient point of view to be heard.”
Merandi created a website for the Don’t Punish Pain Rallies being held nationwide on September 18, 2018. A roster of rallies and useful publicity materials are maintained there. The Don’t Punish Pain organization does not raise money and everything accomplished is on a volunteer basis. If you would like to participate or attend a rally, you may visit us on Facebook or send us a message.
Merandi also created a radio ad that she’s placing in Rhode Island and people elsewhere are welcome to use it if it can help their attempts at mobilizing support for the September 18 events.
Here’s a link to the ad.
Merandi does a lot of what she calls “face to face” patient advocacy in New England and lately has also been working to mobilize physicians who she said are frustrated by the impact of the government’s interference in how they treat their patients.
Here’s their Facebook page.
If you plan to get involved, share your plans in the comments section of the National Pain Report and some of our readers may want to join you.
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