In Praise of For Grace

By | May 26, 2011

For Grace LogoI would like to take a break from our series of blogs on the integrative neurophysiology of pain perception to tell you about a meeting I had recently with a remarkable woman.  Cynthia Toussaint is the founder, director and life force behind For Grace, a private, non-profit organization devoted to research, treatment and advocacy issues for patients suffering from chronic pain.


Cynthia was a professional ballerina when at the age of 21 she suffered a simple hamstring tear, which should have healed quickly.  What followed instead was 13 years of pain that started in her leg and then slowly spread throughout her body leaving her bedridden.  Doctors were mystified.  They said that she was crazy and offered her no treatment.  Finally Cynthia met a doctor who correctly diagnosed CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) and progress was remarkable.  Although, incomplete her recovery allowed her to rejoin the word of the living first in a wheel chair, then with a cane.


Through For Grace, Cynthia has dedicated herself to improving the access to medical care for as well as the quality of the medical care received by patients in chronic pain.  Her goal is that no one be subjected to the kind of disbelief, failure of diagnosis and inadequacy of treatment that she suffered.  For this we applaud and support her.



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Address         PO Box 1724, Studio City, CA 91614


Phone                        818-760-7635






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