Please join me as I Go the Distance! to reduce chronic pain in rural Australia.
One of the most striking things about the statistics of disease and disability is the proportion of health conditions for which pain is a defining and disabling feature. Chronic low back and neck pain alone cause more days lived with disability than any other health condition facing humanity. Add to that chronic pain from arthritis, headaches, fibromyalgia, long COVID, or pelvic pain, and the number of people who currently suffer, unable to live the life they want - a life that many of us take for granted - becomes staggering indeed.
Another thing that is crystal clear is that the individual and societal impact of chronic pain is greater in rural and regional areas than it is in metropolitan areas. Add to this the difficulty in accessing health care and we start to see a grim picture. It is no wonder that in these areas, chronic pain becomes a very significant risk factor for depression and suicide, not to mention cancer, stroke, heart disease and diabetes.
We need to take action now and we need long term solutions. We need to Go the Distance.
That’s why I will be busting my gut to ride the equivalent of Sydney to Adelaide this October in Pain Revolution’s inaugural Go the Distance!, a fun and physical walk, run or ride challenge. If you are challenged by pain yourself, or love, know or work with someone who is (and let’s face it, this pretty much covers all of you!), then please consider getting involved. Invite some friends, family or colleagues to form a team, choose your own challenge, and help fundraise to support Pain Revolution’s scholarship programs, with train and support community-based health professionals to deliver the best education, treatment and care for people challenged by persisting pain.
So privileged at this time to be able to get some raining in on a writing and riding retreat on Kangaroo Island. This shot at the top of the climb out of Stokes Bay on the northern coast.
Acting tour guide for a visit from Pain Revolution 2019 Tour Jane Cannan - with the Reilly brothers from the Nutters ride group, from Mt Lofty on a fresh but clear day.