Carolyn’s Cards is a program that sends cards and other small surprises through the mail to individuals with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) and to their caregivers. The purpose is to help those feeling isolated or down because of CRPS by sending them a card to help them not feel alone, provide encouragement, provide support, help them feel part of a community, and most importantly to give them a smile. I received the inspiration from my Mother who would send me cards when I was down, in a lot of pain, or recovering from surgery. These cards would help to brighten my day. I thought it would be great if I could reciprocate that feeling for others. I started sending cards to the attendees of the first Young Adult Weekend as a way to stay connected to them and show support. I was surprised to hear how much they genuinely enjoy the cards. I have continued to add names to my list after each Young Adult Weekend.
The cards can be sent for birthdays, holidays, other celebrations, after medical procedures, or when we receive notification that someone is having a difficult time. Carolyn’s Cards will receive names and addresses via recommendations provided by RSDSA or directly emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.