polymer clay art jewelry and beads

Volunteer Work

After spending several years bedridden due to severe vulvar pain, struggling to find treatments to relieve the pain, and searching for support for the emotional consequences of my disrupted life, I knew I had to take action. I began advocating for patient support, community awareness of vulvodynia and similar pelvic pain conditions, and better education, especially for the medical professions. 

Vulvodynia is a persistent chronic pain condition, which affects women in every age group, including adolescents. Although it is a common condition, affecting 1 in 4 women, it is frequently misdiagnosed and poorly understood by the majority of health care providers.

  • Vulvodynia Peer Support Network, Waltham, MA
    Founder, Facilitator, Administrator, 2004-2017
  • Vulvodynia Matters, Inc., Waltham, MA
    Co-founder and President, 2009-2015
  • Boston Vulvodynia Support Group, Waltham, MA
    Creator, Facilitator, Administrator, 2005-2011
  • National Vulvodynia Association (NVA), Silver Spring, MD
    Support Contact, 2004-2015

Donations of Jewelry for Charitable Events

I frequently donate my jewelry to silent auctions in support of women’s health nonprofits, especially organizations that provide support, education, advocacy, and research for vulvodynia and related pelvic pain conditions. If you are interested in receiving a donation of jewelry for an event to support these areas, please email me at pat@patonorato.com.

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