By Douglas Marsh
I believe that one of the worst things that our wonderful government has done is target a group like the chronic pain community. For the most part, we are a group of people who at one time in our lives were active and very productive members of society, then one day our lives as we knew them all ended. Now we sit at home blogging and talking on social media about all the injustices we are experiencing. Their outright blatant attacks against all of us and the doctors who treat us with opiates have created an entire demographic of people who are been openly and publicly discriminated against by pharmacies, doctors, nurses, public interest groups, politicians, government agencies and the national news media. This has all been an unforgivable violation of our human and civil rights by our government and the news networks media icons like Anderson Cooper.
It’s our duty as the oppressed to stand up for ourselves and make our voices heard. Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King opened the door for everyone’s civil rights and then others like Harvey Milk extended the fight for other groups. Every single one of these people fought against not only the odds, but also public opinion.
The Civil Rights movement of the late 50s through the mid to late 60s ended up becoming the Rainbow Coalition under the leadership of Reverend Jesse Jackson. This group became a very important player in the nation’s elections.
These are just a couple of examples how an oppressed and discriminated against group can become very important in the election process. This is why and how we should make our points to the elected officials and those campaigning for their offices.
The day will come when the Chronic Pain Community will be a deciding factor in the election process of State and Federal government officials. It has become our responsibility to create our own future by not just casting our votes, but by becoming a force to be reckoned with. I am putting a call out to all my pain riddled brothers and sisters to contact every candidate running for offices in your area, both new and incumbents. Ask them the questions that are important to us as a community like the legalization of Marijuana and the fair treatment and humane treatment of pain suffers with the use of opiates. Find out and share the answers to these questions on social media and the National Pain Report to let our fellow pain suffers know who should be our candidates.
Believe it or not, a day will come when our actions and influence will become huge in determining who will be elected. A day will come when our opinions will be asked on the National News on who the Chronic Pain Community is going to endorse in elections. Finally, the day will come when real funds are given for proper research and development of safe drugs and therapies for treating and eradicating Chronic and Disabling pain.
This movement could decide a new mindset and also change a lot of ways that business in the United States is conducted, just as the Rainbow Movement did with AIDS research and the Civil Rights Movement did with corprate hiring and voting rights among minorities. Just maybe we could change work place safety procedures to avoid accidents and injuries along with more in-depth medical training to further avoid errors and failed medical procedures.
I am truly sorry to make this a history lesson, and I do know that I can be very long winded at times. But I honestly believe that if all this is done in the same ways that these other movements were done, our cause just may open the nation’s eyes to the discrimination that every single one of us has experienced.
Douglas Marsh is a 50 years old pain patient who lives in southwest Louisiana. He and his wife Pam recently celebrated their 11th anniversary. He just joined the US Pain Foundation and is looking to become a much active advocate for pain patients.