We aim to Give Pain A Voice !
Four years ago I began an odyssey - a sacred journey fraught with twists and turns, hope and despair, into the underbelly of the CHRONIC PAIN world. Chronic Pain is a tough subject. Some 56 % of people surveyed across the nation a few years ago, dont believe it even exists.
Yet some 1 in 4 North Americans live with a variance of chronic pain conditions- from widely recognized Arthritis, Migraines and Back Pain to exotic sounding diseases such as C.R.P.S , M.E. and Arachnoiditis.
I began this journey by creating a free educational website called CHRONIC PAIN TV with fellow activist Bob Schubring in 2013. From there our advocacy work morphed into a non - profit patient advocacy group
"Give Pain A Voice, " geared towards providing badly needed education and resources to the chronic illness and chronic pain community at large.
The final leg of our long journey - a feature film on the subject called
"Pandemic of Denial" is currently in Production. We hope to release it widely by summer 2018 on TV, at Film festivals, conferences and beyond.
Why this title?
Chronic Pain patients now outnumber cancer, heart disease and diabetes patients COMBINED, yet there is little public information about this deadly disease. Patients continue to die, both from side effects of the disease and its medications as well as suicide by their own hand, due to uncontrolled intractable pain, not expected to resolve in their lifetime.
There are very few medications that even touch the severity of some pain conditions and even those are becoming widely restricted or completely being withdrawn from prescribing, due to a small percentile of users who have found a way to monetize and get high off both legal and illegally procured substances.
Chronic Pain costs Canada some 7 Billion annually in lost wages, treatment and productivity- in the USA figures top 634 Billion annually.
With little to no money targeted towards research, patients of this disease continue to be ignored, shunned and isolated from loved ones, colleagues and society. In making this timely film, we hope to dispel erroneous information and myths about this all too common disease and provide insight into a world whose voiceless, faceless inhabitants been living in the shadows for far too long. We have been living in a Pandemic of Denial.