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Actress and New York Times Best-Selling Author, Karen Duffy, to be a Focal

Point and Consulting Producer for Documentary "Balancing the Pain Scale"

The film will detail the lives of people living with chronic pain and explore alternative treatments for
pain management.

Los Angeles, CA, July 11, 2018 --(PR.com)-- A new documentary will combine the talents of author and
actress Karen Duffy, two-time Emmy and seven-time Telly Award winning filmmaker Yellow Dog
Productions and author, advocate and Interim CEO of U.S. Pain Foundation Nicole Hemmenway. In
"Balancing the Pain Scale," Duffy and Hemmenway, along with other chronic pain patients, will retrace
their inspiring relationships with chronic pain as they reveal treatments and therapies ultimately finding

Duffy says, “I think a great way of dealing with a chronic illness is finding a purpose and a way to keep
yourself amused.” Duffy, Author of "Backbone: Living with Chronic Pain without Turning into One" and
former MTV VJ, Revlon model and actress has managed to live life fully despite chronic sarcoidosis, an
inflammatory disease primarily affecting her brain.

After hearing Duffy's account on Puck Soup - a hockey-focused podcast - fellow hockey parent Marv
Turner of Yellow Dog Productions approached Duffy about being involved with the film. “I immediately
agreed to be a part of this film,” said Duffy. “I believe there is a way for pain patients to find a
meaningful life and purpose while managing chronic illness. Opioids are just one option. This film is so
important and will present insight that will help others with chronic pain have hope.”

Hemmenway, author of, "No, It Is NOT In My Head: The Journey of a Chronic Pain Survivor from
Wheelchair to Marathon," was diagnosed with complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), a debilitating
neurological disorder in her teens. She says, “Too often during my own journey with pain, I felt alone,
misunderstood and unheard. I felt as if others were belittling and mocking my health when I desperately
wanted validation. I believe that no one should have to face the darkness alone.”

“Everyone will be inspired by the courage and perseverance these two women - and others portrayed in
the film - have demonstrated throughout their lives while staying positive. I'm hopeful that their approach
to better living will provide viewers tangible ways to look beyond the pill bottle,” says filmmaker Turner.
Netflix distribution plans are underway along with targeted film festivals across the United States and

"Balancing the Pain Scale" features inspiring people living with chronic pain. It shares their individual
journeys from opioids to alternatives and reveals how their choices and struggles impact their daily life in
profound ways. From New York to California and in-between, "Balancing the Pain Scale" depicts the ups
and downs of pain management and highlights complementary therapies to provide solace and hope for
more than 100 million Americans living with chronic pain.

Financial contributions towards the making of the film are tax deductible. Learn more at

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About Yellow Dog Productions (www.yellowdogproductions.net)

Yellow Dog Productions is a two-time Emmy and seven-time Telly Award Winning production company
based in Madison, Wisconsin with over 23 years of award winning video production throughout the

About U.S. Pain Foundation (www.uspainfoundation.org)

The mission of U.S. Pain Foundation is to educate, connect, inform and empower those living with pain
while also advocating on behalf of the entire pain community.

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Mary Zinn
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