By Ed Coghlan
Wouldn’t you like your pain to go away, if only for a little while?
That theme will be the focus of the 9th annual Women in Pain Conference in Los Angeles on September 23. “Pain Takes a Vacation: Actions and Strategies that Get Us Away” is the title of the conference which will attract hundreds of women in pain and their caregivers.
The meeting is hosted by For Grace, a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that promotes better care and wellness for women in pain.
Pain psychologist Dr. Kristen Richards will present on how healthy distraction practices help control persistent physical pain, increase mental wellness and improve function. Fibromyalgia expert and author of The Fibro Manual, Dr. Ginevra Liptan, will share her own inspiring chronic pain story while enlightening attendees about easy-to-do “get-away” techniques.
“This year we’re going to let our hair down and enjoy a tropical get-away, vacation garb and all. We women in pain need to be reminded that, even though it can be hard work, we deserve to take breaks from our pain and not let it define us. We’re going to learn at this conference how distraction lowers our pain level and get a boatload of get-away ideas”, says For Grace Founder and Spokesperson, Cynthia Toussaint.
The conference will feature presentations and a special interactive session from distinguished clinical and wellness practitioners who will focus on strategies that empower the use of distraction such as good sleep, sexual health and self-love, guilty TV pleasures and expressive arts. Also throughout the day, the event will serve as a fun and relaxing Hawaiian-infused get-away complete with hula dancing, tiki bar, limbo dancing, leis and ukulele performance.
California Senator Carol Liu will be the 2016 recipient of the Women in Pain “Patron of Women’s Rights” Award. Also featured that day will be an award-winning art gallery by woman in pain Radene Marie Cook that depicts the chronic pain experience as well as photography by woman in pain Dana Gambill.
Additional speakers and panelists include:
Kristina Breen – VP, Public Policy, Visa International and Woman in Pain
Mindy Meyer – Center for Collaborative Policy, California State University, Sacramento and Woman in Pain
Dr. Susan Nyanzi – Chronic Disease and Wellness Specialist/Researcher and Woman in Pain
Cynthia Toussaint – Founder and Spokesperson, For Grace and Woman in Pain
For more information about the day-long event, visit www.forgrace.org