Pain Connection Live: Call Update

Pain Connection Live Call Update

INSTRUCTIONS & TOPIC  ** New Section **

Conference DIAL-IN NUMBER: (319) 527-3510* NEW NUMBER starting 7/12/17
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Participation in the conference call is free. Standard long distance charges apply to the phone call. The conference calls are not taped.

Next Call:  July 6, 2017 from 1:30 – 2:30pm EST;            Evening Call is July 13 from 7 – 8pm EST


From Pain to Poetry

Chronic pain is a challenge we face daily.  To get relief some people use meditation, art therapy or writing.  For the July 6 call, we are going to discuss poetry as a tool to provide a respite to pain.  Anne Smith will be the moderator.  Below are some tips and references, followed by 2 poems written by Anne.

Poetry Writing: 10 Tips on How to Write a Poem


If you are writing a poem because you want to capture a feeling that you experienced, then you don’t need these tips. Just write whatever feels right. Only you experienced the feeling that you want to express, so only you will know whether your poem succeeds.

If, however, your goal is to communicate with a reader — drawing on the established conventions of a literary genre (conventions that will be familiar to the experienced reader) to generate an emotional response in your reader — then simply writing what feels right to you won’t be enough.  (See also “Poetry is for the Ear” and “When Backwards Newbie Poets Write“)

  1. Know Your Goal
  2. Avoid Clichés
  3. Avoid Sentimentality
  4. Use Images
  5. Use Metaphor and Simile
  6. Use Concrete Words Instead of Abstract Words
  7. Communicate Theme
  8. Subvert the Ordinary
  9. Rhyme with Extreme Caution
  10. Revise, Revise, Revise

How to Write a Poem – Poetry Techniques 1


This site will give you guidance on choosing a topic and how to express your insights.


Been a Bit Busy   By Anne M. Smith

Been a bit busy battling pain
Enough to make one’s head insane
Doctors and nurses know me by name
Russian roulette with hospital’s my game
With every procedure under the gas
I pray to the Lord let it not be my last
Awaken me after surgery
So I can see my family
I’ve lost count of how many needle sticks
But not the pain of each needle prick
I remember each one as if yesterday
Because my veins rarely cooperate
They roll or move or collapse altogether
The phlebotomist has this look like “whatever”!
I explain to her to only stick when sure
So I don’t have unnecessary pain to endure
Some of them think I don’t have a choice
But last I checked, I still owned my voice
So if I ask you politely to stop
It’s not a suggestion, it absolutely is not.
As long as you understand that I can demand
That you come at me with a compassionate hand
Please don’t come with impatience for patients
Cause you know like I know that just don’t make sense
So though I’ve been a bit busy battling pain
I still fight the battle while my heartbeat remains

My Medical Dictionary     By Anne M. Smith

Depression is a pressin’ on my mind
And it’s stressin’ all the time
Find it harder to unwind
When the painful bones a grind
Shards are poppin’ ain’t no stoppin’
When the pain decides to pop in
Rather show it to the door
Versus doublin’ to the floor
But in my strive to stay alive
I drive my will so I can thrive
No pain no gain is the refrain
But will this pain make me insane
Every bone and every joint
Muscles and tendons disappoint
Only my nails and hair are free
From the pain that lives in me
Doctor after doctor test after test
No more PT, I just want to rest
Surgery upon surgery is very scary
Now I’m a medical dictionary
I read reports that now make sense
Terminology in present tense
Nothing ever seems to pass
To a future without a cast
Without a brace and leave no trace
Of the pain that’s on my face
Walk a mile in my shoes or just a few steps
A pain pedometer will count the rest
This pain I don’t choose, I just want to snooze
For it robs me of the sleep I lose
But rise yes I will without an addiction to pills
Because I’d rather feel pain than not at all feel
I’m an anomaly, a medical enigma
So don’t box me in with a pain patient stigma

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The Pain Connection Live Conference Call is led by Gwenn Herman, LCSW-C (Licensed Clinical Social Worker) and Founder and Executive Director of Pain Connection, a US Pain Foundation program.

Each Call will have a topic dealing with different ways of coping with chronic pain and developing new skills. Participants have the option to discuss the topic or remain silent. Breathing techniques and guided imagery will be taught in the last 15 minutes of each call.

Pain Connection Live is open to people with chronic pain, family members, significant others, health care professionals and concerned individuals. Please respect each person’s right to express their feelings.

If you haven’t already done so, you must register for each call in which you want to participate.  — Register Here

Afternoon calls are held on the first Thursday of the month from 1:30 – 2:30 PM EST.

Evening calls are held on the second Thursday of the month from 7:00 – 8:00 PM EST.

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