Joselynn Badman – Ambassador of the Year

Joselynn Badman – Ambassador of the Year

by Shaina Smith

This year, there’s been a whirlwind of activity within the patient-focused awareness and advocacy arena. We have seen disheartening legislation, regulation and recommendations being introduced or passed at the state and federal levels. At the same time, we’ve witnessed empowering movements and proactive concepts turned from dreams into realities. As we near the end of this historical chapter for America and patients living with chronic pain, it’s fitting that U.S. Pain Foundation has unveiled an uplifting honor for pain warriors.

U.S. Pain recently announced nominations for the 2016 Joselynn Badman Ambassador of the Year Award had officially opened. This prestigious award is an annual recognition presented to a volunteer of the organization who has excelled in grassroots awareness and advocacy efforts for the pain community. The tribute was created to highlight the courageous and selfless efforts of Pain Ambassador Joselynn Badman of Indiana. The award is given to an Ambassador, Advocate and/or Volunteer of U.S. Pain who inspires others to make a positive difference by aligning with the organization’s mission: to educate, connect, inform and empower pain warriors while advocating on behalf of the entire pain community.

We’re inviting interested individuals to nominate a pain warrior they feel is deserving of this high honor. The nominee must be a current U.S. Pain Ambassador, Advocate and/or Volunteer who exemplifies the attributes necessary to being a leader within the pain community and provides positive contributions to their local community.

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Joselynn Badman

An active and nurturing Pain Ambassador for several years, Joselynn Badman was an inspirational volunteer for others living with chronic pain who sought hope and support. She provided comfort to those who felt their pain condition was not validated. A pain warrior since 2007, Joselynn learned to live life with pain and not in pain, despite the conditions she fought. While a volunteer for U.S. Pain Foundation, Joselynn raised awareness within her state of Indiana, advocated for patient rights and educated others about issues impacting the chronic pain community.

In 2015, Joselynn courageously lost her pain battle, but her legacy lives on. Her willingness to always support the pain community for the greater good of others continues to shine throughout the efforts of the organization and those volunteers who were fortunate to have known Joselynn. She has inspired other Ambassadors to become more actively involved with U.S. Pain Foundation initiatives and has touched the lives of every U.S. Pain team member.
U.S. Pain Foundation is honored to memorialize Joselynn’s dedication to the pain community through this unique and empowering award.

Shaina Smith is Director of State Advocacy & Alliance Development for U.S. Pain Foundation. Diagnosed with various conditions, including Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Hypermobility Type, Shaina utilizes her Journalism background to mobilize pain patient advocates and engage volunteers to participate in awareness programs.

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Authored by: Shaina Smith

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  1. Lee Bolin at 12:51 am

    The worst thing I have had nothing but problems with, is having a Medtronics intercathederal morphine pump implanted. If you loose the doctor who implanted it in you, you are going to have nothing but problems. My doctor who implanted mine, worked for a private anesthesology company, that got out of the pain management practice. So he went back to being an anesthologist for the hospital. So I was forced to see a new pain doctor. I found one, yet he only took me on, because he works for the same hospital, but at a diffrent location. Normaly, he will only manage morphine pumps, that he implanted. Back then, the batteries for the pump only lasted for two – three years. When it came time to have a new pump implanted, I was sent to a hospital located in Columbia, MO. I live in St. Louis, MO., where there are many hospitals around. Plus, like I said, this doctor only manages pumps that he implanted. So why was I sent 150 miles away, to have my next pump implanted? I am fee based out by the veteran’s administration, to pay for my pain management, as it is a service connected disability. It was not a VA hospital that I was sent to, but a small rural hospital, and no sooner then waking up from the surgery, they were putting my shoes and socks on, and pushing me out the door, so my son could make the three hour drive, to take me back home. I continued seeing this doctor, that only treats patients that he implants the pumps in, yet he farmed me out to a different doctor, at a different hospital, which means he was a big time lier, about who he treats. After about five years, I could not handle this doctor any more. He was so arrogant, had no bedside manners, and had my pump set so high, that I did not know the difference between left or right field. So I decided that I needed a break from the pump, to get my head cleared out. I then started to see the head of pain management at Barnes/Jewish Hospital, in St. Louis, and he weened me off the pump, and gave me oral pain meds. I then started to see a new pain doctor that the VA had hired, at the St. Louis V Hospital. This guy was worthless. He made me go through de-tox during Christmas time, as he forgot to put the order in for my morphine to be sent to me. I was due to run out on Christmas Eve, but it did not come. The next day was a Friday, so he did not go into work. Then there was the weekend, and I still did not have any medication. Come Monday, I called him, and he had nothing to say about it, never said he was sorry it happened, nothing. He did ask why I did not contact the on call doctor? This guy is so dumb, that he did not know that, there is no other doctor, he is the only one. I then said I would like to go back onto the morphine pump. He agreed with me, but he sure did not help me find another pain doctor. So I finally found a doctor, who would manage my pump. But after one year, he decided to move to LA, and sent my records to a place called Chronic Pain Management, that has offices in several different states. So I go to that clinic. Never once did I ever see a MD at that clinic. A nurse practitioner filled my pump, and he wrote my scripts for my breakthrough medication, 30 mgs morphine tablets, and he signed the script using a doctor’s name, that I had never meet. This lasted for six months, before it was decided to close that clinic down. They had another branch office, located in Alton, IL. About a seventy mile, one way trip. I went to that clinic one time, never saw or met a MD, just another nurse practitioner. She cut my breakthrough pain meds down from six a day, to four a day. It is the VA’s job to find me another doctor, using the new veterans choice program, that is supposed to find me a doctor that is closer to my residence, not further. So now I am being sent to a hospital that at least is in the same state. A nurse practitioner writing a schedule two script in IL., does not work very well, having it filled in Missouri. So anyone thinking about having a morphine pump implanted, better think twice about it, as it can be a real problem. I did it, because I have stage four cirrhosis of the liver, so I wanted to spare my liver from having all that pain medication going through it. Now I think it was a big mistake. More so, as I need to have a new pump implanted in me, in the next month. They are talking about using a newer drug that is out, in my pump. It is not a narcotic, but is supposed to be 100 times more potent then morphine (this is what they told me about the pump, but no way is it that more potent. It is a derivative from a sea snail venom, and cost about $15,000.00 per refill, that last about two months in my pump. It has me scared to death, if it does not help with my pain. I just can’t justify having to live with such chronic pain. The only person who knows the pain I am in is myself. Having to sell a doctor into believing how much I hurt, is a job I do not want. They never seem to believe you, and because of that, I don’t want to go through the whole ordeal of getting a new pump, with a new pump and new medicine that may not work. Thank you for your time.