The Herald Bulletin

January 4, 2014

Dennis Lanane: Triad workshop to focus on pain management

The Herald Bulletin

---- — Madison County Triad will have a workshop on January 16 at 10:30 a.m. at Mounds Mall in Anderson. The topic will be strategies to help people who suffer with different types of chronic pain.

Dr. Howe, a pain management specialist from St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, will be our guest speaker. Serious, chronic pain affects at least 116 million Americans each year, many of whom are inadequately treated by the health care system, according to a new report by the Institute of Medicine (IOM).

There are many causes of chronic pain, from back pain and arthritis to cancer and multiple sclerosis.

“Pain is an experience that affects virtually every one of our citizens,” says Dr. Philip Pizzo, dean of the Stanford School of Medicine, who chaired the committee that authored the report. “For many patients, chronic pain becomes a disease itself.”

Triad had its annual Christmas party last month and all joined good food and dozens of nice door prizes. Everybody seemed to also enjoy the music and entertainment provided by Buddy and Joyce Patterson. We especially want to thank Sheriff Ron Richardson and Major Brian Bell for their help and all the agencies that donated food and door prizes.

Former Sheriff Scott Mellinger was on hand to present the annual Mellinger award. Scott was one of first people in Indiana to help organize a county Triad. Unfortunately the recipient of this year's award, Cindy Carson, was not able to attend because she was recuperating from knee surgery. Scott volunteered to take the award to her and she was completely surprised.

Cindy has been a longtime supporter of Triad dating back to when she was a reporter for The Herald Bulletin. Cindy wrote several feature stories about Triad. She did one story on Bob Highsmith, our Senior Link coordinator, with several pictures. He was calling about 300 people a month to check on their health and well-being. Several months later Triad had a big picnic for our members and people who were signed up for the Senior Link program. Several of the ladies that were at the meeting told Bob they had cut his picture out of the newspaper and taped it to their refrigerator so they could see what he looked like when he called.

Cindy agreed a couple of months ago to become our first Triad Senior Link coordinator since Bob has passed away. We are hoping to get many more seniors signed up with the Senior Link program to get monthly welfare checks. We are also looking for volunteers to help.

Dennis Lanane is chairman of Madison County Triad. His column appears the first Sunday of each month. He can be reached at