A Little Relief for Chronic Pain
What do you do when you've been handed a diagnosis
for a disease that has no known cure? It is a problem that millions
of Canadians who suffer from chronic pain ask themselves daily.
Chronic pain can be a life altering experience and it is
estimated that one in five Canadians are living with chronic pain
of some kind. The pain can sometimes be attributed to trauma,
surgery or illness but sometimes it occurs for no reason at
Stephen Pilch, of GLJ Petroleum Consultants, is someone who
knows firsthand the difficulties in managing chronic pain.
"I was diagnosed with Intersitial Cystitis (IC) back in early
2011, and was basically told there were not a lot of treatment
options for someone with my condition."
Feeling lucky just to know what the cause of his pain was he was
left to figure things out on his own. "After a lot of internet
research and speaking with other organizations in the United States
I found there were treatment options but no one in Calgary could
seem to make that happen"
Stephen found help at the Chronic Pain Clinic through his
physiotherapist. Working with the Pelvic Pain group he was able to
learn techniques to manage his IC. But his difficulty finding help
at the beginning of his journey inspired him to give back.
Working with his employer, GLJ Petroleum Consultants, Stephen
was able to arrange a $30,000 donation to the clinic to improve the
information available to individuals diagnosed with IC.
"Part of this initiative is to create something lasting within
the Chronic Pain Clinic, so that through the Pelvic Pain group they
can create resources for people like me who are looking for options
or even someone to talk to."
For GLJ President and CEO Keith Braaten this is just part of the
organization's community giving strategy.
"One of our mandates is that we target charities that do local
work," said Keith "Mostly we work with organization that focus on
health care, children and the underprivileged in Calgary"
The company gives a percentage of the profits to go back into
the community where they work. This means more than 50 local
charities, including Calgary Health Trust, are on the receiving end
of their generosity.
To engage staff the company decided that each employee could
pick something that is important to them and GLJ donates $500 on
behalf of the employee. "There are a group of guys that get
together and do Movember, the Ride to Conquer Cancer, even the
Gorilla Run," said Keith, "It really got people more engaged
in where our corporate donations were going."
On top of the individual giving the company's community giving
committee reviews project that are submitted by staff, which is how
Stephen's request to fund the Pelvic Pain clinic was approved.
For Dr Magali Robert the donation is a step in the right
direction for patients with Interstitial Cystitis., "Donations like
the one from GLJ Petroleum Consultants make it possible to provide
the resources that help our patients," said Dr Magali Robert "We
are very excited that we now have this opportunity in