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3May 12, 2010Today is International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

Posted May 12 2010 12:00am

This year’s theme is “Make Fibromyalgia Visible” and the goal of the movement is to bring hope to everyone with FM. Fibromyalgia Awareness Day aims to increase awareness of FM and provide support to those coping with the illness. This is a time to increase awareness of this chronic and life-altering disorder by educating the general public, healthcare professionals, government officials, and legislative bodies.

About Fibromyalgia: Fibromyalgia syndrome affects the muscles and soft tissue. Fibromyalgia symptoms include chronic pain in the muscles, fatigue, sleep problems, and painful tender points or trigger points at certain parts of the body. Fibromyalgia pain and other symptoms can be sometimes be relieved or eased through medications, lifestyle changes, stress management, and other fibromyalgia treatment. As a blogger, please blog and be the voice of fibromyalgia. Through our combined efforts, we can shine a light on fibromyalgia – not just today but every day of the year. Please take time today to make a difference by taking one of these simple steps.

SEND the FM Aware Magazine link to 10 friends to help educate them about fibromyalgia. TELL three people you meet today that it is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. SUPPORT the NFA and honor a loved one by sponsoring a “ Lights of Hope ” candle. ADD the “Make Fibromyalgia Visible” logo to your e-mail signature. It’s fast and free, and lets all your e-mail recipients know that you care. Click here to download or copy this FREE logo.

BECOME an NFA fan on Facebook and keep up-to-date on all our latest news and information. Click here to link to our Facebook page.

PLEDGE TO CARE and encourage others to join the NFA in its national advocacy efforts. The program consists of three pledges: the NFA’s pledge to the FM community, the family’s and friends’ pledge to someone special in their lives who suffers from fibromyalgia, and the healthcare providers’ pledge to the patient. Click here to complete the pledge. Your name is added to our virtual “We Care” pledge wall – a testimony to the far-reaching effects of Fibromyalgia.

SHOW YOU CARE by placing one or more of our “Make Fibromyalgia Visible” products on your car or other prominent location. The NFA has three new products specifically designed for this campaign. Click here to visit the “Aparrel” and “Goodies” department of the NFA Store to see new shirts, hats, totes and mugs.

GATHER WITH FRIENDS IN THE FM COMMUNITY – if you join in an Awareness Day event, be sure to e-mail us some pictures for our Awareness Day collage. Send to kwiley@fmaware.org


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