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Chronic pain focus of support group

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A Chronic Pain Support Group is beginning in Carrollton.

The group will meet the first and third Tuesday of each month from 6-8 p.m. in the basement of Trinity Lutheran Church. The next meeting is Jan. 20.

The group is open to people who live with different forms of chronic pain, regardless of the official diagnosis. Group representatives explained, “Let’s meet for friendship, support, compassion and understanding. This is about ending isolation and gaining strength from each other.”

Discussion will include navigating the medical system, sharing coping strategies, and sharing experiences.

The group, started by Abbi Gallon and Jenna Higgins, was originally a closed group on Facebook. They decided to start a support group as a place where people with chronic pain have a way to talk and not be judged, where they can find a way to be positive and find ways to cope with the pain.

They are afflicted with Fibromyalgia, which is like having the body aches and pains of the flu 365 days a year. “We look and talk like normal people. Some days we can’t move or even get out of bed,” the duo said. “Most people don’t understand us and think we just need extra sleep or medication. We started this group so people with chronic pain won’t feel alone.”

Snacks and refreshments will be provided.

Trinity Lutheran Church is located at 275 N. Lisbon St., Carrollton. For info, call Abbi at 330-312-4964 or Jenna at 740-768-1803

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