Reframe Your Pain Campaign Supports Women with Fibromyalgia

Karen Lee Richards Health Guide
  • The National Women's Health Resource Center has teamed up with Emmy award-winning life coach and best-selling author Rhonda Britten to launch a new educational campaign to raise awareness of fibromyalgia.  The campaign, "Reframe Your Pain," applies a life-coach approach to help women manage fibromyalgia and offers information and support. Through outreach and educational materials, NWHRC and Ms. Britten will help guide women living with fibromyalgia to understand the condition and take an active role in managing their pain while living their lives. The campaign is supported through a sponsorship by Pfizer Inc.

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    In a press release Ms. Britten, founder of the Fearless Living Institute and lead spokesperson in the "Reframe Your Pain" campaign said, "Fibromyalgia can take freedom away from people living with the chronic pain condition.  People in pain often have to make difficult choices -- such as sacrificing work or family time to make it through the day -- because of their pain and limited reserves of strength and energy. Self awareness and learning how to take small steps in planning, and how to cope when plans change because of the pain, are important ways to manage energy and help reclaim some of that freedom."

    Elizabeth Battaglino Cahill, R.N., executive director of the National Women's Health Resource Center added, "Chronic pain isn't always consistent and can be frustrating to understand -- some days, a person with fibromyalgia may feel all right and on other days she might wake up in agony.  Knowledge is power, and we hope this program will help motivate women with fibromyalgia to listen to their bodies, take good care of themselves -- even if it means putting themselves first -- and surround themselves with a support network of encouraging people."

    Personal note:  Rhonda Britten is probably best known for her Emmy award-winning work as a life coach on the TV reality series "Starting Over."  Unlike most reality shows, "Starting Over" was less about entertainment and more about helping women work through serious problems in their lives so they could “start over.”  In the process, the audience learned valuable and practical techniques they could apply in their own lives.  Personally, I loved the program and developed a great deal of respect for Ms. Britten.  I'm excited to see that she is now involved in helping those of us with fibromyalgia. 

    Read Ms. Britten's “12 Principles for Managing Fibromyalgia.”

Published On: September 17, 2008