This past Sunday I attended the 4th Annual Midwest Pain Treatment Education Expo.
The first I heard about this event was this past May from my fellow advocate & friend Sara Willy. Sara is the MN/WI Ambassador for US Pain Foundation & the Vice President of the GGPAIN Foundation. I honestly did not know anything about Sara’s work with the GG Pain Foundation.
After surfing the web this is what I found ~
Gracie Gean is a chronic pain patient diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, also known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, Occipital Neuralgia, Spinal Stenosis, Spondylosis, and Degenerative Disc Disease. She also discovered that she has Lyme Disease.
“Gracie Bagosy-Young is an International Chronic Pain Advocate. She is the owner of Gracie Gean Chronic Pain Advocacy & Consulting. Gracie hosts the Midwest Pain Treatment Education Expo, which is the largest in the US. She speaks on chronic pain Nationally.”
“The Expo was born out of Gracie’s frustration with the lack of resources available to patients in the Midwest.” “The goal of this event is to help you become better educated regarding treatments, how to utilize your voice with advocacy efforts and help you find local support.”
The first year the expo was held had 80 attendees. Now 4 years later, the event had 300 attendees and over 9,000 registered to stream live.
This year the Expo was held in Northbrook, Illinois (near Chicago) presented by OSKA Wellness.
I have had an opportunity to try a lot of different pain relief devices and by far have had the greatest success using the Oska Pulse. I was excited to find out that Oska Wellness folks were going to be at the expo. READ my review on Oska Pulse.
This years event included 7 speakers & 30 different vendors/booths. View a list of speakers, sponsors and vendors at GGChronicPainAdvocacy/Events.
The expo was amazing. It is always great to be surrounded by those who understand your struggles. I have been to events where it is very hard to get time to speak with the vendors or the speakers and that was not the case.
I had an opportunity to try Kangen Water® I was totally shocked to see what is in the bottle water that I drink and thought was a healthy choice.
I used the AVACEN 100.
Although I live in a state that has not approved medical cannabis I was happy to receive information offered through Illinois to share with my support group members.
I met an amazing Manual Therapist Azlaan from Advance Sports Therapy located in Naperville, Il. He was offering wet cupping sessions and I signed up. It was great. He took his time to explain what was going to happen and as it was happening. I felt so relaxed after having that partial session and recommend him to anyone.
Mary Biancalana, Owner and Director of Therapy for Chicago Center for Myofascial Pain (Relief) who I had heard give a prensentation at the TAP Chronic Pain Conference in Washington, D.C. was there educating the attendee’s on trigger point therapy.
We need more events like this to educate the pain community and give them a chance to meet qualified people in their community. Please check out the great work that Gracie is doing to help those of us living with chronic pain illnesses. Videos from the event will be posted over the next few weeks.