Joletta Belton

Joletta Belton

Joletta Belton

Joletta Belton is a storyteller and advocate. She makes sense of her pain through science and stories on her blog, MyCuppaJo.com, and is co-founder of the Endless Possibilities Initiative, a nonprofit organization with a mission of empowering people living with pain to live well. Both projects were born of her experiences living with chronic pain, which began with a missed step off a fire engine and a twinge in her hip. That missed step led her down an unexpected path of ongoing, worsening pain, years of failed treatments, and medical retirement from the firefighter paramedic career that defined her. It also landed her on a path of learning, growth, and self-discovery. Her desire to understand her pain led her back to graduate school, where she earned her MSc in human movement and studied pain science. Joletta is now an advocate for advancing the integration of the lived experience into the study, research, and treatment of pain, which led to her position as co-chair of the Global Alliance of Pain Patient Advocates (GAPPA), a presidential task force for the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP). She is also the first Patient and Public Partnerships Editor for the Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy and a published author.

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