Fibromyalgia London Group (FLG)

Supporting Ourselves By Helping Others.

Fibromyalgia London Group (FLG) is a grassroots, community-based, volunteer-driven, self-help and wellness support group for London, St. Thomas and Middlesex County (and on the internet, the world! Hello world!).

Upcoming Events:

You can also find us on: Twitter https://twitter.com/fmlondongroup

And https://www.facebook.com/fmlondongroup/ or look up @fmlondongroup for all social media!

Information Seminar: Disability Benefits in Ontario (FREE, Open to the public, non-members of FLG and members). “From Application Process to Appeal Process” – Rob Spencer, London Employment Help Centre. As well, “Saving While Living on Social Assistance/Disability Benefits” – Robert Leyland, Family Services Thames Valley. March 11th, 2020 1-3pm. FREE to all! At Jalna Branch, London Public Library, 1119 Jalna Blvd (across from White Oaks Mall, beside South London Community Centre). Free parking available, also on bus routes #4 and #93 (Express), buses at White Oaks Mall include: #10, #13, #90 (Express). Check LTC http://www.londontransit.ca/ for more info (remember January 1, 2020 fare increase). Also, City of London has an income-related bus pass subsidy http://www.london.ca/residents/social-services/discretionary-benefits/Pages/Subsidized-Transit.aspx Need questions answered? These programs, presented by: London Public Library, London Employment Help Centre, Family Services Thames Valley, and Fibromyalgia London Group will answer all those questions and more! Help is here! Free for everyone! Contact FLG for more details.

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Please join us for our next educational workshop:

The Science of Happiness: How to Be Happy In Spite Of Chronic Pain with Guest Speaker: Dr. Rhonda Gilby, Clinical Psychologist

Saturday, March 14, 2020 at the North London Optimist Community Centre (NLOCC), 1345 Cheapside Street (near Highbury).

FREE parking and on/near several bus routes (#10, #4, #15, check LTC http://www.londontransit.ca/ for more info (remember January 1, 2020 fare increase). City of London also has an income-related bus pass subsidy http://www.london.ca/residents/social-services/discretionary-benefits/Pages/Subsidized-Transit.aspx

Please remember, Fibromyalgia London Group events are scent-free – what you think smells good could make someone else uncomfortable or ill.

Members & their Guest: FREE! Visitors: $5.00 goodwill donation at door. Not a member yet, but wish to be, we’ve got you covered, quick registration forms are available!

ADVANCE REGISTRATION APPRECIATED (so we know how many chairs to set up and accommodations to make – thank you! Drop us a speedy Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com or leave a voicemail ~ Tel: 519-453-3198

Dr. Rhonda Gilby is the mother of two daughters with Fibromyalgia, and has been a registered clinical psychologist for over 30 years. She has taught psychology courses at Western University and its affiliates, worked with troubled children, and provided psychological counselling to University students. A special area of interest for Dr. Gilby is the field  of positive psychology, which has been called the “science of happiness”, and focuses on helping people to flourish and live their best lives. Although it is clear that a person’s health can influence their level of happiness, especially with  chronic pain being associated with higher levels of emotional distress, it has also been found that the level of happiness can influence a person’s health, and their ability to cope with pain. 

In this presentation, Dr. Gilby will discuss relevant findings from the field of positive psychology, including the relationship between happiness and health, what research has shown us about what makes people happy, and known strategies that can increase levels of happiness and help you to thrive in your life.
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Fibromyalgia London Group
Tel: 519-453-3198 ~ Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com ~ Website: www.fibrolondongroup.ca Please, also find us, like us (love us!), share us so others can find us: @fmlondongroup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

DISCLAIMER STATEMENT: Fibromyalgia London Group [FLG] was created to be a resource of pertinent information, education, and peer-led wellness support to all who attend our programs and events.  While we may invite healthcare professionals, advocates, practitioners or representatives from community organizations to speak at our Group meetings and special public events, FLG does not endorse, support or recommend any specific service provider, treatment, product, theory or person.

Knit Happens!!! Yes, Free, Free Therapeutic Knitting Activity Group for all!!! Join us in Study Room A – Jalna Branch (1119 Jalna Blvd. across from White Oaks Mall) of the London Public Library, as of March 5th, 2020 between 1-3pm. Free Parking and on LTC bus routes #4, #93 Express and at White Oaks, #90, #10, #13. Check LTC http://www.londontransit.ca/ for more info (remember January 1, 2020 fare increase). City of London also has an income-related bus pass subsidy http://www.london.ca/residents/social-services/discretionary-benefits/Pages/Subsidized-Transit.aspx Please remember, Fibromyalgia London Group events are scent-free – what you think smells good could make someone else uncomfortable or ill. Whether you’re a long-time knitter or a newbie, members and non-members (open to the public) of Fibromyalgia London Group, all are welcome! Janice Sumpton, our wonderful instructor is there to help or just share some time together. Bi-weekly – March 5th, 2020 1pm-3pm; March 19th, 2020 1-3pm; April 2nd, 2020 1-3pm.

Knit Happens Therapuetic Knitting program brought to you by London Public Library and Fibromyalgia London Group (FLG).
Come one and all, because we all know, Knit Happens!

But wait, there’s more!

Cards and Company Monday Afternoons! March 9th and March 23rd, 2020 1pm-3pm (bi-weekly and so on and so on and so on). Snacks always welcome!!! Near St. Joe’s with some parking in driveway and some free street parking. Also on plenty of bus routes: #1, #15, etc. Check LTC http://www.londontransit.ca/ for more info (Remember January 1, 2020 fare increase). Also, City of London has an income-related bus pass subsidy http://www.london.ca/residents/social-services/discretionary-benefits/Pages/Subsidized-Transit.aspx Email: darcyyada@gmail.com for info on cards, blog submissions, buses, bus passes, anything (almost anything) and more! March 9th and March 23rd, 2020 1pm-3pm. And did I mention the snacks?

Coming Soon!

Fibromyalgia, ME/CFS/chronic illness-related cooking classes! You heard right! Yum! Keep checking back for more details, like what, when and where very soon!!!

Also, a book/discussion club (will also be discussing: streaming, movies, TV, plays, art, writing, music, crafts, recipes, podcasts, TED Talks, gardening, DIY, social media, YouTube – all the distractions from pain you can handle). Bring a lunch, talk, share, laugh, discover!!! There will also be a “Mystery” door prize (free draw) each session! Keep checking back for more details of what, when and where very soon!

Seriously, keep checking back for more and more and more details and blog posts…

Please read, share on social media, and keep checking back, this page changes all the time with upcoming events. Also, to the right of this page, under “What We’ve Been Up To” are blog posts (just click on the title/link and it will take you there) about events, Fibromyalgia, and other stuff. Very important, please share this homepage https://fibrolondongroup.ca/ for the London Fibromyalgia Group (FLG) with: family, friends, colleagues, medical professionals, clubs, groups and on social media – you never know when you’re going to help someone! Please, submit an original blog post, and/or memes, quotes, ideas, recipes, lyrics, personal experiences, etc. to: darcyyada@gmail.com (you can use your first name, full name, pseudonym, whatever you feel comfortable with, in the blogging world, anything goes…).

“Chronic Suckage”, “Is #Fibromyalgia Still a Four Letter Word?” and “12 Unusual Ways To Relieve HolidayStress” by Guest Blogger, D. Parker https://yadadarcyyada.com also a member of Fibromyalgia London Group and a Peer Leader.

https://fibrolondongroup.ca/2019/12/06/chronic-suckage/

https://fibrolondongroup.ca/2019/12/08/is-fibromyalgia-still-a-four-letter-word/

https://fibrolondongroup.ca/2019/12/15/12-unusual-ways-to-relieve-your-holiday-stress/

Ways to contact Fibromyalgia London Group
Tel: 519-453-3198 ~ Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com ~ Website: www.fibrolondongroup.ca

Also, please find us (FLG) @fmlondongroup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

fmgroup.london@gmail.com

519-453-3198

~ We are a scent, fragrance and latex-free environment.

OUR MISSION

To provide persons with Fibromyalgia (FM) and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS/ME) with:

  • Access to a safe, scent-free, supportive, inclusive space where individuals, their families, caregivers, and supporters can, without judgement, listen to and learn from each other.
  • Opportunities to share personal experiences, information, ideas, and strategies to help one cope with symptoms and live a healthy life or lifestyle.
  • Increased awareness and education on this invisible, chronic multi-systemic illness.
  • Inspirational and acceptance in a caring, positive, fun and friendly environment.
  • Ways to develop and strengthen one’s ability to not just survive with FM and/or CFS/ME, but to thrive, in spite of it.

What We Offer

  • Supportive, safe, non-judgemental meeting space.
  • Positive moral and peer support, encouragement and advice.
  • Group meetings with an invited guest speaker(s) to enhance your personal knowledge and education on: the symptoms and lifestyle impacts of Fibromyalgia and/or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome; living a healthy lifestyle with chronic conditions; diet and nutrition; exercises and stress management; community/professional services, resources, programs; alternative healing treatments; etc.
  • Peer-led Sharing Circle Sessions to share and exchange information on daily living with FM and/or CFS/ME; coping strategies and tips; healing practices; etc. Confidentiality of what is said during the sessions is respected and expected!
  • Special Events with high profile guest speakers to raise awareness and support advocacy and education for National Pain Awareness Week (November) as well as FM/CFS/ME Awareness Month (May).
  • Access to information on national/provincial advocacy strategies.
  • Opportunity to build your own network of support services, resources, professionals, and connections.

How To Join The Fibromyalgia London Group

Fill out a quick application form with an annual member donation of $20. This also provides free admittance not only for yourself, but your listed caregiver, family member, supporter, etc. to any or all events provided by the group for one full year.

Visitors or non-members are expected to pay a $5.00 per person goodwill donation at the door to each event.

Your donation helps sustain our Group and cover administrative operating costs, meeting incidentals, speaker gifts, and our Group’s membership with other national/provincial advocacy organizations.

For more information contact us at:

Disclaimer: The Fibromyalgia London Group (FLG) was created to be a resource of pertinent information to those who attend our meetings, sharing circle sessions, and special events. While we invite medical and healthcare professionals, advocates, practitioners or representatives from community organizations to speak at our meetings and special events, FLG does not endorse, support or recommend any specific treatment, product, therapy or person. The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed by participants and group members do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, views, or official policies of the FLG.

Please note: We are not currently a registered charity.

Thank you for stopping by, hope to visit again.

Please join us.

You are not alone.

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6 thoughts on “Fibromyalgia London Group (FLG)

  1. I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about three years ago. I had all the textbook symptoms and followed all the medical advice,including antidepressants and pain pills.Nothing helped. I’m currently taking BEST HEALTH HERBAL CENTRE FIBROMYALGIA HERBAL REMEDY. Also I bought an elliptical exerciser and the work on it is fun and it helps.

    1. It’s amazing when we find something that clicks or a few somethings, so glad you’ve found some relief. 🙂

    1. Thanks for dropping by, we can certainly help you with that. 🙂
      Here’s the website (this site but on static homepage) w/ all the info. https://fibrolondongroup.ca/
      Also, here’s the contact info: Jacqueline at: Tel: 519-453-3198 ~ Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com
      We’re also on social media @fmlondongroup (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram).
      Also, we’re looking for people to contribute to our blog, posts, quotes, pictures, lyrics, advice, reommendations, personal experiences, etc.
      Hope this all helps, if not, give me a shout back and I’ll (Donna) find more for you. 🙂
      Happy Holidays and hope this day is treating you kindly. 🙂

  2. In my ME/CFS support group (I have fibro, too), a Canadian posted an article about Justine Noel’s fight for assisted suicide.
    I can’t get her out of my mind. I live in the US, but I wonder if anyone knows whether she has been offered intrathecal pain relief? As a former nurse, I would hope so. I’d like to find out. Please contact me.

    1. I’m not sure what Justine has been offered, although I’m guessing, like me, the first thing we’d all like to offer her are big gentle hugs. I can’t get her out of my mind (Donna Parker, blogger and keeper of our groups’ website) either, Susan, I think Justine and I were diagnosed at approximately the same age, though mine was decades ago, yet I still strongly remember thinking life was over, it felt terminal. I’m also unsure what exactly has been given or offered as treatment, Justine said in the article she has tried everything possible. Our Group leader and founder, Jacqueline Fraser is quoted in the article and I agree, we need to make Fibromyalgia, ME, CFS, and other chronic pain conditions more mainstream, more understood and given more attention concerning better treatment options. I will look into intrathecal pain relief, although I know I’ve never been offered it.
      Thank you for stopping by, Susan, we’re just building this site and pleased to have caring visitors. 🙂
      Hope this week treats you kindly. Hope we can virtually visit again. 🙂

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