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Prince George's Community Fund Award

The Prince George's Community Fund awarded Pain Connection $1,000.00 to support the new monthly chronic pain support group held in Prince George's County. The group was started at the Greenbelt Library in June, 2003 and is led by a psychologist and professional counselor who are Pain Connection members and volunteers. The group is held every second Wednesday of the month. The Chronic Pain Support Group is a preventive educational program that empowers sufferers by offering information, choices, support and ways of healing. We are thrilled to receive recognition for our new endeavor. The group is developing and word is spreading about our services.

..... More Grant Awards

Pain Connection has received a grant of $1,000.00 from The Phase Foundation and another grant of $500.00 from The Marion and Robert Rosenthal Foundation in recognition of its work in promoting chronic pain issues and its support group programs.

Holiday Party and Fundraiser a Success

Board member, Ellen Weiss and member Jon Greenberg, hosted a wonderful party of music, food and fun at the home of Andrea Levere and Michael Mazerov, on Sunday, December 7, 2003. Ellen introduced the event by saying how, "Pain Connection has played an important role for us as we have learned to adjust to the realities of chronic pain in our lives." Gwenn Herman, founder and director of Pain Connection, spoke about the needs of chronic pain sufferers and their families and the necessity for this organization to develop a center that can be replicated across the nation. The music was provided by Jose Cuesta, a gospel singer, and his accompanist at the piano, Andre Gray. Jose and Andre had everyone singing, moving and clapping along with them. The music was uplifting and raised everyone' spirits.


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Mission Statement

There are fifty million Americans suffering from chronic pain who are not receiving the treatment they need. Many fall between the cracks in their own private health insurance, workman's compensation, and disability benefits. Others are helpless because of a lack of insurance.

Pain Connection is a 501(c)(3) not for profit human health service agency that provides a monthly support group, information and referrals, community outreach and education, website and newsletter. Pain Connection plans to establish an outreach center which will provide counseling, support groups and seminars, 24 hour hotline, library with Internet access, training program, case management, advocacy, and transportation for people suffering from chronic pain. These services will improve the quality of life, offer a chance for rehabilitation, decrease the sense of isolation this population experiences and enable the chronic pain sufferer to take control of his/her condition and treatment and maintain independence..



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Winter/Spring 2004

Psychotherapy Networker Symposium Invites Pain Connection

Gwenn Herman and Cat McClannan will be presenting a workshop, "Invisible Injury: Treating Chronic Pain"at the annual symposium. It will be held on Saturday, March 6 , 2004 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC. Call: 800-990-1066 or Register online: www.psychotherapynetworker.org

Patient Sues over Long Stint In Waiting Room

This information was taken from the website 'Pain and The Law' (www.painandthelaw.org). A pain patient in Nevada sued his pain management specialist and won. He had waited for more than three hours in a scheduled appointment and did not receive treatment, a steroid injection for back pain. The patient decided to sue. The patient remarked, "I'd like to drop everything if he would just apologize." The doctor is appealing the $250 small claims judgement against him. The doctor claims that he lost 2 days in court and feels that he deserves an apology for having to close his office due to this "frivolous lawsuit." The doctor remarked, "I think he represents everything that's wrong with this country."

What do you the reader think? What is the real issue here? Responses will be printed in the next newsletter.

Pain Connection Goes Nationwide And Across the Borders......

Due to our website, information about our organization has spread throughout the nation. Even though we are based in Maryland, pain has no borders. Emails have arrived from New York, Texas, Alabama, California...and Canada. The most miraculous thing about this phenomenum are the stories that we are receiving. We are printing an article written by a woman from British Columbia, Canada - see page 3.

Maryland Pain Initiative

The Montgomery County Support Group had a special guest speaker in January, Attorney Mary Baluss, from The Maryland Pain Initiative. Ms. Baluss spoke about "Pain and the Law" regarding laws of under and over treatment of pain and how to be your own advocate for pain management.


PAIN CONNECTION®-CHRONIC PAIN OUTREACH CENTER INC.
Nonprofit Village
12320 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD 20852

For Information call:
301-231-0008
Check our Website: painconnection.org

Executive Director
Gwenn Herman, LCSW-C,DCSW

Board of Directors
Gwenn Herman, LCSW-C,DCSW, President
Ellen Weiss, Vice-President
Geoffrey Manifold, Secretary & Treasurer
Malcolm Herman, Director
Dr.Justin Wasserman, Director

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