The purpose of the My Letter to Pain initiative is to highlight and increase understanding of the different experiences of pain, told from the lived experience of pain perspective. To accomplish this goal the Global Alliance of Partners for Pain Advocacy (GAPPA) are inviting people living with pain to submit their stories/letters about pain. It is our hope that collecting and highlighting stories of pain will: 

  • Provide individuals the opportunity to tell their story and express their feelings freely and openly
  • Lead to greater communication between individuals and groups across the pain community
  • Identify directions for future programming and communication efforts

Our intent is for your Letter to Pain submission to be a written expression of your experience with pain. We included prompting questions below to help you get started writing your letter, but you are not required to use them. There are also places to freely write your story or upload a file if you have a pre-written story.

Submissions will be collected anonymously, on a rolling basis. A selection of stories will be selected to appear on the GAPPA website and in GAPPA social media. All stories will be published anonymously unless you choose otherwise. 

In the case you are submitting on behalf of a minor, you declare that you are their legal guardian and are submitting this on their behalf.

We encourage you to submit your Letter to Pain below. If you'd like to learn more about GAPPA and our mission, please click here.

If you have any questions, please email

This project is provided in kind support by Novartis. 

We use Submittable to accept and review our submissions.