Glen’s story: Regaining control in the face of chronic pain

Glen Thompson served in the Canadian Armed Forces for nearly 18 years, until an injury during training left him unable to move without incredible pain.

In the years that followed, he lost out on parts of his life that he had loved. He couldn’t work outdoors or hang out with friends, because his immense back pain was overwhelming. He began to distance himself from his wife and kids, because his pain made him short tempered and it was easier to be alone.

When his Veterans Affairs case worker recommended he visit the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic at Hamilton Health Sciences, Glen wasn’t optimistic. He had experienced so many failed treatments that it was hard to see how this would be different. But he enrolled in the program anyway and after a few short days he realized it really was different.

Watch Glen’s story to see how the Pain Clinic empowered him to take control of his pain and take back his life.


On November 3rd, Glen will be celebrating his achievements at Party for Pain, a fundraiser that supports the Michael G. DeGroote Pain Clinic. Learn how you can take part or donate so the Pain Clinic can help more patients like Glen.