By Ed Coghlan
I’m more than willing to admit that I’m looking forward to meeting many of our readers online tonight. I have been invited to join the Livesupportgroup.com Wednesday night meeting on chronic pain. It airs at 9pm EDT / 6pm PDT.
I’m looking forward to it because it’s in my blood to learn.
As the founder of the National Pain Report, we are proud how it has grown to become the largest online news site devoted to chronic pain. When we check the analytics each day to see how many people visited the site, we are awed and humbled that thousands of people are coming each day.
There are an estimated 100 million persons who suffer from chronic pain, a number that many believe is conservative.
And chronic pain patients are under siege, a government that is skeptical, co-workers and family members who sometimes wonder what’s really the matter with you, and a mass media that doesn’t seem interested in the plight of the chronic pain patient, but is fascinated—and some might say even manipulated–by those who have targeted one of the ways that people manage their pain.
As for tonight’s meeting, I’ve asked the folks at LiveSupportGroup.com to make sure that we can cover questions that chronic pain sufferers and their families want to ask. The reason is that as we expand the already considerable reach of the National Pain Report, we want to make sure that we are covering “the right things”.
We have over a dozen contributors to the site and they have provided me some ideas about things they think we should discuss: the opioid controversy, of course, medical marijuana, the role that alternative therapies play in managing pain, how families and friends can help or hurt and many, many other things.
We urge you to sign up, listen in and mostly, participate. The Livesupportgroup.com is a great spot where real people can share ideas, stories and feelings in a way that is safe, and, from what I’ve heard in past sessions, productive.
I look forward to our “chat”. If you can’t join and would like to ask a question, let us know by emailing me: firstname.lastname@example.org.
“See” you tonight.