Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE Spring 2015, Issue 11 - Page 5

PAIN CARE PROVIDERS DAY MARCH 20 With appreciation for the thousands of caring pain care providers who protect the dignity of the providerpatient relationship and work together with their patients to achieve health goals, the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA)is a proud partner of Pain Care Providers Day March 20th. (Please also see editor’s page.) The NFMCPA invites you to write a note, ask for a proclamation, or somehow let your doctor know how much you appreciate her/his tender and professional skills in the face of increased scrutiny over how they practice medicine. The NFMCPA asked guest author Dr. James Patrick “Pat” Murphy for permission to reprint his poignant blog published January 22, 2015 at http:// jamespmurphymd.com/2015/01/22/ proclaim-pain-care-providers-day/ dole out handfuls of pills for cash. He is not getting rich on Medicaid. He is merely a solo practitioner willing to embrace suffering people, many of whom are among the most marginalized, downtrodden, and castoff in our economically blighted community. I hope and pray that truth and justice will prevail. But my confidence is fragile. Yesterday, my fifteen-year-old son and I were driving in the car, and he asked about this doctor because it was “all over the news.” My son knows what I do fo