Welcome to the Your Voice Matters story submission.  Effective advocacy comes from the personal experience of living daily life with a chronic pain condition. Thanks for caring!

The majority of people without personal chronic pain experience don't understand how increasingly difficult it is to receive healthcare for simple and reliable pain relief.  They need to hear from you.  The NFMCPA wants to believe that policy makers are not ignoring the torturous plight of American citizens with life-altering, persistent pain.  They need to know if there are negative effects and health setbacks caused by their policies and actions.  Who are these policy makers?  Elected members of Congress and state legislatures, federal government officials and agencies, insurance companies, and healthcare systems. 

Elected officials are much more likely to listen when their own constituents are being adversely affected.  Saying to a senator or representative that “Here are personal stories and details from 1000 people living in your state (or district) who are suffering as a result of this policy" is much more meaningful than saying “many people are affected.”

Please help us provide important information and ideas with others by sharing your story.


 Please carefully review these Terms & Conditions prior to submitting your story.  
When you submit your story, you are acknowledging that you have read these Terms and Conditions and agree to them.

1. Only one personal story per person.

2. Story must not contain any vulgar, derogatory, copyrighted or discriminatory content. The NFMCPA reserves the right to reject any story or essay containing these components.

3. Story must be at least 100 words and not more than 3000 words and be relevant to the submission prompt.

4. The NFMCPA reserves the right to amend these rules at any time.  Amended terms will be published on the relevant page.

5. By submitting your story you give the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) permission to utilize your story.  The term "policy makers" refers to elected members of Congress and state legislatures, federal government officials and agencies, insurance companies, and healthcare systems.  Please indicate which permissions you allow by selecting an option below.


  • FULL PERMISSION. By submitting your story you give the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) full permission for the use of your name, picture, or other personally identifiable information, in whole or in part, individually or in conjunction with other images, as part of the NFMCPA’s contact with policy makers and public awareness campaigns. You waive all rights of privacy or compensation which you may have in connection with such use of your name, picture or other personally identifiable information.

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  • PARTIAL PERMISSION.  By submitting your story you hereby give the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) full permission for the use of your first name with your story in whole or in part, individually or in conjunction with other images, as part of the NFMCPA’s contact with policy makers and public awareness campaigns. You waive all rights of privacy or compensation which you may have in connection with such use of your first name.

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  • STATE AND FICTIONAL NAME PERMISSION.  By submitting your story you give the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) permission to use your story published under a fictional name created by NFMCPA along with your state of residence, in whole or in part, individually or in conjunction with other images, as part of the NFMCPA’s contact with policy makers and public awareness campaigns.  You waive all rights of privacy or compensation, which you may have in connection with such use of state of residence and fictitious name.

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  • FICTIONAL NAME PERMISSION.  By submitting your story you give the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) fictional name permission for the use of your story published under a fictional name the NFMCPA will create, in whole or in part, individually or in conjunction with other images, as part of the NFMCPA’s contact with policy makers and public awareness campaigns. You waive all rights of privacy or compensation, which you may have in connection with such use of your fictitious name.

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