Pain support group sought for P.E.I.

Ryan Ross rross@theguardian.pe.ca
Published on August 5, 2014

Chronic Pain Association of Canada president Terry Bremner

©Guardian photo by Heather Taweel

Terry Bremner was nine years old when he started feeling chronic pain that eventually left him unable to put on socks or tie his shoes.

That was 44 years ago, but after several surgeries and a serious car accident, he still struggles to deal with non-stop pain.

His struggles brought Bremner to Charlottetown recently where he gave a presentation about the benefits of pain support groups and the possibility of forming one in the city.

Bremner, who is president of the Chronic Pain Association of Canada, said support groups can help put things in perspective and show what he called “pain people” they are better off than some.

“The bottom line is it’s not so bad. It could be worse,” he said.

Getting that support group up and running in P.E.I. could prove challenging with only six people attending his information session.

No one stepped forward to organize a Charlottetown support group, which was what Bremner hoped to find during his trip to P.E.I.

But those few people at his presentation heard Bremner say that walking through the door into a support group meeting and knowing others are going through the same things helps.

“It’s an energy,” he said.

Bremner shared some of his experiences with pain management and said some people worry about what others think, such as a pain sufferer’s use of opiates or medicinal cannabis.

But Bremner said it’s important to have a few people in their life who know what’s happening.

“Not really worry about the outside people.”

For more information about the Chronic Pain Association of Canada visit www.paincantwait.ca.

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