Today I celebrated Fibromyalgia Awareness Day by attending a luncheon with members of my Fibromyalgia support group. As always, it was fun and restorative to spend the afternoon with others who understand. There is never a hesitation if someone stops speaking mid sentence because they lost their train of thought, or if you have to get up and walk around after sitting for 15 minutes. We understand and can laugh about the uglyness of Fibromyalgia, because when we are together we are not alone in our struggles.
I started a discussion by asking how I could encourage some of our members who never come out to attend a meeting. I’m not sure if we ever answered that question, but we all agreed that Fibromyalgia and chronic illness can be very isolating if you let it. I have many thoughts on the issue, but the one I want to focus on here is how fortunate we are in this day and age because of the internet. There are huge communities of people online making connections they never would have were it not for their computers. So today, on Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, I thought it would be fun to share with you how some of my fellow bloggers acknowledged the significance of the day on their blogs.
Time thief posted a great educational article on Fibromyalgia at this time – this space. Very well done!
Over at Chronic Babe the Editrix is asking her readers today “Are you well-read? Well-informed? Do you keep up on research? Read the latest journals?” And if you answer no to any of those questions she steers you in the right direction with information, suggestions and resources.
Michelle at Rhetoric Aesthetic reflects on her own anniversary with FM “in hopes of raising awareness, overcoming stereotypes, and celebrating the good that has come.”
Living It, Loving It reminds us this year’s theme is “Fibromyalgia Affects Everyone” and the goal this year is to emphasize the sweeping effects of the disease. She also has a great list of resources to check out.
The retro housewife shares how Fibromyalgia turned her into the person she is today – brave, strong and GREEN. Learn how she became an environmentalist to help eliminate the toxic chemicals that many believe cause/contribute to Fibromyalgia.
In honor of Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, Fab Fibro Friends decided to blog about her life with fibro.
Sheri at Prospering Over Fibromyalgia lit a candle for us all and asked that we pass it on.
Life as We Know It wants everyone to understand chronic fatigue syndrome is a physical, not psychological condition.
Fibro Helper Gin has a tea schedule where she plans to dispel the myth that “all Fibromyalgia patients are fat, white, American suburban housewives looking for attention.”
Sherril put together a great catalog of various events going on today and Fibromyalgia resources in general. Check it out at The ICI Experience.
Rochelle uses Fibromyalgia Awareness Day as a platform to share her personal Fibromyalgia story on her blog Learning to Trust.
The above is just a small sampling of what is out there. I would LOVE it if you have a blogger you would like to add to this list. Just leave a link to your/her/his blog in the comments section.