Reposted from http://blogs.sundaymail.co.uk/susanas/2012/12/chronic-pain-part-2-will-go-li.html
Chronic Pain part 2 will go live via Scottish Parliament Link
For everyone who didn’t know, I have been working on a Chronic Painpetition for last few months to get better services and resources for people in Scotland, this took up a huge chunk of my time but I was not alone in doing it and although I submitted it, It was on behalf of the cross party group on Chronic Pain in the Scottish Parliament of which I am a member of, so if you were all getting a wee bit fed up with me asking people to sign sorry but you have no ideas how many millions of people this petition could actually help.
You can read more about the petition here http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/GettingInvolved/Petitions/chronicpain
Anyway my petition closed on 10th of January and I handed it in to the petition Convenor David Stewart and Jackie Baillie MSP who is currently Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Cities Strategy and also sits on the cross party group on Chronic Pain I have done a lot of workwith Jackie in the past and have come to know and respect her. Here is a picture of me handing over my petition http://webmail1.mail.aol.com/37267-111/aol-6/en-gb/mail/get-attachment.aspx?uid=29573401&folder=OldMail&partId=1&saveAs=IMG_0366.JPG
I have also gained support from Anne McKechin MP and George Foulkes Baron Foulkes of Cumnock who is a life peer and member of House of Lords; they will both put forward debates and questions about Chronic Pain services and resources in both the Parliament and the House of Lords.
I myself will be giving evidence in the Scottish Parliament on the 8th of January which you will be able to watch live from the Scottish Parliaments web link which I will be given on the 3rd or 4th of January so al come back and let you know how to tune in and watch.
The reason I have taken this petition forward is that I myself suffer from Chronic Pain as I have Arthritis in both my hips and I also have a long term condition called RSD/CRPS this petition although starting out Scottish could potentially help over 7 million people in the UK who currently suffer from Chronic Pain.
I was going to write a second part to my chronic pain article about how and why suffering from chronic pain is very difficult but will instead allow everyone else to tune in to the Scottish Parliament to hear live my own personal struggles with my condition and how it affected me and how it still affects me to date, although sharing my own personal story will be difficult, I have to do this to raise awareness to help my peers, their families and carers get the services and resources they need to be able to move on with their lives. So please watch out for another blog update the first week in January with the link for you to watch live from the Scottish Parliament, Pain consultants, specialists and patients from all over the world will be watching.
Until the next time Susanas
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