Below are key messages and talking points. As a member of TPC, we hope that you will use every opportunity to communicate these messages to others. Please help us get the word out by sharing this information whenever you are able—to your friends, family, coworkers and community.
The basic top-line message track—the “elevator” speech.
Note: Use the bolded items when you only have 5 minutes or less to get your point across; the sub-messages [unbolded bullets] —can be used when you have more time to chat.
- TPC is a nonprofit, consumer organization that provides support (through an online community) where education and advocacy for people living with pain is promoted.
- TPC encourages people with pain to be active participants in their overall health and pain care.
- TPC works collaboratively with other organizations to advocate for optimal pain care for all people with pain.
- TPC embraces, promotes, and educates people with pain about integrative pain management—an approach that focuses on wellness, addressing the “whole” person.
- TPC promotes an approach to pain care that is positive, hopeful, and empowering.
- TPC brings together all appropriate therapeutic approaches (both conventional and complementary) and health care professionals to reduce pain and achieve optimal health and healing.
- TPC feels that it is immoral and unacceptable for the underserved populations NOT to have adequate access to quality pain care.
- TPC recognizes that ethnic minorities, women, the elderly and those who are socioeconomically disadvantaged are a vital part of our diverse community of people with pain.
- Core programs are developed and designed to maximize TPC outreach to ensure inclusiveness and respect for all populations living with pain.
- TPC understands that pain medications (opioids) may be a necessary part of a comprehensive treatment plan for some people with pain.
- As with all other pain treatment options, TPC educates about the potential risks, benefits, and side effects of these medications and how to use and store them to keep yourself and those around you safe.
Our Mission: To build and strengthen an active, energized and diverse community of people affected by pain by providing a foundation of support where education, wellness information and advocacy are promoted.
Our Vision: People with pain are informed experts who actively manage their pain conditions to achieve better health and wellness; they use their voices to speak out for better pain care for all.
Who we are: The Pain Community (TPC) is a 501 (c)(3) organization formed by people living with pain, caregivers, and pain management professionals for the purposes of:
- Building an informed virtual community through which people with pain (and their family members and friends) can get the tools, resources, support, and coaching they need to become healthier and stronger and live full and meaningful lives.
- Advocating for optimal pain management for all people who live with pain.
What we stand for/what sets us apart: TPC embraces, promotes, and educates people with pain about an integrative approach to management—an approach that is positive, hopeful, and empowering. The Integrative Pain Management (IPM) model of care:
- Is person-centered and reaffirms the importance of a healing and committed partnership between practitioner and the person with pain
- Focuses on the whole person—mind, body, spirit, and in the context of the individual’s community/environment
- Is informed by evidence
- Makes use of, and brings together, all appropriate therapeutic approaches (both conventional and complementary) and health care professionals to reduce pain and achieve optimal health and healing
- Supports individualized care that respects diversity in race, gender, culture, ethnicity, age and sexual orientation.
What we offer:
- Online support: A 24/7 online support community that offers live chats, discussion boards, and blogs. These are private and secure where members can participate anonymously.
- Pain information and useful resources: A dedicated website section where pain resources can be easily searched.
- Consumer education: A dedicated website section that includes resources for people with pain on a wide variety of topics including: disease-specific information, treatment options and their safe use, coping techniques, communication tools, and healthy living with pain.
- Advocacy for individuals: A dedicated website section to encourage and teach people with pain how to advocate for themselves to get the care they need. It assists caregivers, friends, family, and health care providers with how to advocate for quality pain care for people with pain.
Message Appeal to People Living with Pain:
- Take control of your overall health and the management of your pain. Start by making healthful lifestyle changes such as eating well, moving/exercising, reducing stress, etc.
- Insist on a thorough assessment and a treatment plan that includes options.
- Insist on care that is person-centered and tailored to your individual needs. The plan should consider who you are—in mind, body, and spirit, and in the context of your environment, not just what condition you may have. Insist on care in which there is open communication between you and your health care providers.
- Understand that there is no single medication or procedure that will make you better. Learn about and consider all appropriate modalities (both conventional and complementary and alternative approaches), and clinicians to achieve wellness (including your physical and mental health, function, meaning and purpose).
- Get engaged. Get active. As much as possible, start doing things that bring pleasure and meaning to your life.
- Above all, understand that there is hope—that you can get better. You can become stronger and healthier in your body and mind, and with that, regain function, reduce your pain, and restore meaning and pleasure to your life.