My name is Stacey Bell and 30 years ago when I was 19 and in Nursing School I started experiencing pain in various areas all over my body. 10 years and dozens of doctors later I finally had a diagnosis, fibromyalgia. Imagine my dismay as I researched this apparently new disease that caused pain, couldn't be cured and was barely taken seriously.
Now it is 20 years later and Chronic Pain is still not taken seriously. Patients are drugged up on pain killers (provided they even have a doctor that will give them to them) and told to just learn to live with it. Anyone that tells someone in pain to just learn to live with it has never experienced pain that never ends and prevents you from living your life.
Chronic Pain affects millions of Canadians and billions worldwide. However, there are very little support services available to help us 'learn to live with it'.
There are hundreds of alternative treatments available to help treat pain but are not accessible to anyone without private health insurance or a lot of spare cash. Treatments that could drastically improve the quality of life of those suffering with chronic pain.
Many if not most people who suffer from life altering chronic pain are unable to work and rely on some sort of social assistance to survive and do not have the extra money to pay for these treatments.
The first step in the process of creating change is creating awareness of the need for change. That is what this walk is all about. You can help in several ways;
Thank you to everyone who supports my efforts.