** Please Note: There will be no official k.o.h.u related meetings throughout the month of December but we look forward to venturing alongside our beloved community at the start of 2019! Thanks for being a part of the movement!! **
"This nomination is indeed an honor, but whether or not Mia is actually named, ‘U.S. Pain Warrior of the Year,’ won’t change the fact she already is one every day, every year.
Not just for a year, but for the past twenty, this woman, who was a child when first afflicted with debilitating pain, has astounded everyone she knows and meets with brilliance, light and fortitude. Her spirit and energy are beyond inspirational and her positivity in the face of constant adversity is the definition of courage.
I belong to several chronic pain groups and most of the time, even though members think they’re supporting each other, doom, gloom, and complaints are often the norm. I get it, I suffer too, but an attitude of defeat and anger, leaves no chance to feel better or even learn to cope.
Mia is relentless in her uplifting approach to pain management and search for a better life not just for herself, but all of us. Her encouraging messages and work to be the voice for those who otherwise might not be heard, is uplifting.
No one understands what we go through better than she. Yes, we all have our very hard days, but Mia never stays down and always finds something to be grateful for. Her vitality is infectious and gives us all hope.
Mia is a walking definition of, warrior,’ and has more than earned esteem and recognition for her incredible work. I wholly support this nomination. You won’t find a more compassionate advocate who, in spite of her own chronic pain, somehow finds amazing strength to gently and consistently motivate others. Congratulations !🎉🎈🍾" --M.D
"I am writing in support of candidacy of my fellow pain relief seeker Mia "Mimi" Mays as U.S Pain Foundation's 'Warrior of The Year.' I have become acquainted with her via our simultaneous enrollments this past calendar year in various Health System seminars - - each one focused on enabling needy adults to take control of and manage their chronic severe pain conditions. I find Mia to be persistently unique in her own seeking/sharing efforts to find and promote chronic pain relief for citizens shouldering the burden of chronic pain. She has been a true activist in helping others in their mental/physical efforts to achieve and maintain optimum comfort as they address the day-to-day challenges of living successful lives.
Mia is unique in her pursuit of chronic pain management success. In addition to learning and sharing in-class pain management strategies, she goes "above and beyond" a focus on just her own challenging conditions. She has taken the lead in forming an "outside of regular class" voluntaring her time in the form of group session meetings to share and network in pursuance of successful pain management.
Further, she has on her own initiative in June, 2018 promoted the airing/sharing/discussion of the film "Out of My Head" ((by Jacki Ochs and Susanna Styron). This film is subtitled, "Migraine, It's Not Just a Headache."
Also, Mia via "Facebook" has created 2018 a "Keeping Our Heads UP' daily chronic pain/illness support group.
In short, Mia has shown herself to be a "doer" and not just a 'recipient' when it comes to collecting and sharing pain management information and strategies.
Both her personal initiative as well as her creativity and energy have made her a true *Warrior.* She is currently a valued fighter in the ongoing "war" focused on the challenge of neutralizing (and NOT just accepting) the personal/physical challenges associated with coping with the burden of chronic pain.
I BELIEVE MIA "Mimi" Mays WOULD BE AN EXEMPLARY CHOICE FOR YOUR AWARD!
p.s. Mia is an excellent communicator/speaker who would serve your agency well as a public face for your organization (U.S Pain Foundation's) mission and goals." --H.P
Absolutely couldn’t have chosen a more worthy Warrior! 💜♥️💪🏼🙏🏼🙌🏼🎉" --M.S
"I really enjoyed the meeting. I’m so glad I finally made it. I will definitely always make an effort to come whenever I don’t have something else scheduled. Thanks so much, for your continued efforts!" --G.R
"Thank you for writing and sending the newsletter! Lots of great stuff in here! I am especially grateful to be reminded of our healing Earth- just to be present, relaxed, receptive and hopefully able to shift out of attention to pain. I have marked my calendar for the “meet ups” and look forward to hearing more. Thanks again for your service."
"I'd just like to boast about my friend Mia who represented Wisconsin at Headache on The Hill in 2018:
US Pain Foundation has just named her Pain Warrior of the Month in their August Newsletter!
So proud of you girl! Keep up the good work!" -- M.L
"So proud of you and happy for you. Keep going! You inspire me and your experience and knowledge has been a blessing in my pain journey. Thank you." -- C.S
"You absolutely make the world a better place! You are most definitely one of the biggest up and coming Advocates! I'm proud as heck of you! Your enthusiasm has re-breathed some much needed motivation&inspiration back into...me especially. I'll just speak for myself but I'm just grateful for you!" -- C.M
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