Big Idea: Support Groups for Chronic Pain Sufferers

This issue is close to my heart since someone very close to me is a sufferer of chronic pain.

Chronic Pain Sufferers will be refereed to as CPS.

My Big Idea is for:

Support groups to inform, empower and support CPS.

Why a support group is needed:
The Health Care Catch-22.  Our society ties health care to a job benefit.  It is hard to excel and succeed in a job as a CPS .  It is hard to keep a job as a CPS.  Yet CPS need health care more than anyone.

Topic to discuss at support group meetings:

  • How to behave as a chronic pain sufferer.  People who suffer from chronic pain can learn modes of behavior so they can be more successful in their jobs
  • What are CPS disability rights? Understanding one’s rights according to and protections provided by the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission (EOEC) imperative and The Americans with Liabilities Act (ADA)
  • How to take advantage of protections afforded by EOEC and ADA without employer backlash
  • How to obtain effective and affordable health care
  • How to get pain medications without humiliation and accusations of drug seeking
  • How to solve the Health Care Catch-22 of CPS needing health care that is tied to a job that is hard to keep because of CP.

Descriptive Ideas for the Support Group

  • Alcoholics Anonymous and Weigh Watchers have support systems for their members, so should CPS
  • A place to get support, information, help, resources and empowerment
  • A place to find a way to create a plan and achieve benchmarks to success
  • A place to access to counselors (job, career, psychological, emotional), life coaches, resource managers, ADA or EOEC officers, Affordable Health Care advisers, etc.
  • A place for members to exchange ideas.
  • A place for member to develop strategies and catalog best practices (maybe a website or blog to catalog, archive and convey all the findings, information, best practices, resources, ideas, etc.)


Americans with Disabilities Act homepage:

Americans with Disabilities Act (described on

ADA Facts on the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission website:

Better Help Online Counseling
Support and guidance from a professional counselor has been shown to make big changes.


Discrimination at Work: Understanding Your Child’s Rights

Emotional Fitness Training Blog:

Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC),

Cut/Paste from EEOC Website

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate against a job applicant or an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age (40 or older), disability or genetic information.

Jobs and Internships at Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
EEOC hires in many locations around the country for investigators, mediators, attorneys and administrative and clerical positions. listed at USAJOBS See USAJobs.Gov for a list of current vacancies.

US General Services Administration: Resources for Americans with Disabilities webpage:

* (for learning and attention issues)
A website for parent who have children that have learning issues, but this site has a lot of great info on it:

United States Office of Personnel Management Disability Employment Hiring webpage:


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