Op-Eds: How to share your story effectively

OP-EDS: SHARE YOUR STORY – From the U.S. Pain Foundation.

The US Pain Foundation has put together a guide with tips for writing Op-Eds for your local newspapers:

Chronic pain is often misunderstood and stigmatized by the general public. U.S. Pain Foundation believes that, in order to create positive change in the perception of pain, people living with chronic pain must share their stories far and wide.  

Toward this goal, the U.S. Pain Foundation is encouraging pain warriors to compose an op-ed for their hometown paper to help encourage public understanding of the challenges faced by pain patients. 

Here are some resources to get you started: 

If you have questions or need help, email 

If you submit an op-ed and have it published, please fill out this form.

2 thoughts on “Op-Eds: How to share your story effectively

  1. Kathy C

    I doubt our anecdotal stories are helping anything. The Media and Industries have run an effective counter narrative, where we either don’t exist, are misguided “addicts” or we simply need a supplement, herb or “Alternative Treatment.” The Medical Industry has kept facts out of the “News.” The advertising claims they offer “compassionate” care, and other nonsense qualifiers. They don’t make a distinction between a random Chiropractor or Acupuncturist, advertising “Pain Relief” by overselling their skills, and a random Medical Clinic, that claims they are a “Pain Clinic.”
    Our Local Hospital Advertises Pain Relief, on Billboards, and in the Newspaper, yet they are extremely limited, promoting Steroid Shots and random assortment of Non Opiate drugs that appear to be making their clients even worse. Desperate people seek pain relief there only too be sold Shots, and “Alternatives.” Since these places advertise constantly the general public, thinks we have actual pain relief available. They still think we have “Pill Mills” on every corner, even though in our state we never did. Here they had a long term problem with Heroin Addiction, so this state restricted access to opiates very early. This did not appear to effect the Overdose Rate. We had the highest rate of overdose deaths in the country, until this year. Every “News” Article about the Opiate epidemic starts out with the Pill Mil narrative, even though this played out differently here.
    In a perfect world the data would have been used to figure out why the death rate is climbing. Instead we have a misinformed public, who believe Alternate Facts. They silenced the Pain Community, they have been described as Mentally Ill or attention seeking. We only see patronizing articles about the addiction narrative, The one where and unsuspecting person ends up addicted because they “did not know.” In our state with a Heroin problem that preceded the “Epidemic,” there were people who had parents addicted to heroin, yet the story line was that they got “Addicted” becasue of a Prescription. In and Era of Alternate Facts, this story line does not appear to be saving any lives.

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