Don’t Let Pain Define You

Living with severe pain can be a trigger for depression, a sense of loss of who you are and who you will become, and a belief that you can’t manage your pain or your life. It is true that pain often changes people. You may have lost some of the positive abilities that defined you. These losses are powerful and … Read more

Personalized Medicine Through Pharmacogenetics

Personalized Medicine Through Pharmacogenetics

THIS YEAR, 38-YEAR-OLD ACTRESS AND PHILANTHROPIST ANGELINA JOLIE HELPED RAISE AWARENESS ABOUT THE POWERFUL BENEFITS OF GENETIC TESTING. IN MAY, WHEN TEST RESULTS INDICATED THE PRESENCE OF A GENE LINKED TO BREAST CANCER, SHE CHOSE HER OWN PATH: A DOUBLE MASTECTOMY. WHILE MOST PEOPLE UNDERSTAND HOW GENETIC TESTING CAN HELP DIAGNOSE AND TREAT DISEASES LIKE … Read more

Maya Angelou Chooses Joy

Maya Angelou Chooses Joy

While many people may define Maya Angelou, PhD, by her literary skill, humanitarianism and an extraordinary list of achievements, this author, poet, professor, mother and humanitarian is a straight-talker whose powerful words inspire people the world over. “Love heals. Heals and liberates” writes Dr. Maya Angelou in her most recent book, Mom and Me and Mom. … Read more

Getting Real With Pain

For Grace will host its 6th Annual Women In Pain Conference on Sept. 13 at the California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities in downtown Los Angeles. The conference will bring together hundreds of women in pain, their caregivers and the healthcare professionals who treat them along with leaders in pain management, pain psychology and advocacy to explore chronic pain and … Read more

Chronic Pain Can be Lonely: Nine Ways to Reconnect

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Chronic pain can make it hard to feel connected to others. Pain puts a strain on friendship – whether you have fibromyalgia, headaches, back pain, arthritis, or any other type of chronic pain. You may have found that you see friends less or that you feel disconnected when you do get together. You may have … Read more