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People making decisions that significantly affect your quality of life (federal officials, legislators and policy makers) need to hear from you. Joining the #ISpeakForPain and telling your story can affect their policy decisions and new areas of research, as well as making chronic pain visible. The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association and pain patient organizations were recently asked to reach out to people with pain and their families directly to ask about their experiences. Your voice matters in making a difference.
The NFMCPA is also raising support of the National Pain Strategy and chronic pain as a major national health issue. On June 22nd, we will launch 10 days of the #ISpeakForPain blitz, and we've designed simple, free ways YOU can be heard.
You will learn how to participate in this campaign effectively, how to blitz the Internet with the voices of chronic pain, and how to advocate for yourself and chronic pain patients across the country in incredibly easy, accessible ways. A full schedule of events is available below. A new activity will go live with working links each day. Make sure to use #ISpeakForPain in all of your social media posts related to the campaign to signal that you're speaking up for more research and improved healthcare for pain.
Save the date! On July 13th, a Twitter Storm of chronic pain voices is happening, and we need YOU to be a part of it and/or help promote it. The drive for 100,000 signatures on the White House Petition to support the National Pain Strategy will be launched then.
The 6 goals of the #ISpeakForPain are:
Activity: Learn about the #ISpeakForPain Campaign!
Activity: Learn about the National Pain Strategy
Activity: Create your #ISpeakForPain sign and post a selfie on your social channels! Tag the NFMCPA.
Activity: Sign your support on letters to the Senate and the House asking them to support the National Pain Strategy.
Activity: Prepare for the July 13th #ISpeakForPain Twitter Flare!
Activity: Share a video of why you speak for pain with #ISpeakForPain on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and/or YouTube.
Activity: Get social and speak for pain on Facebook!
Activity: Tell your story!
Activity: Arts and Crafts Therapy
Activity: #ISpeakForPain Round-Up