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I went to a #Zoom meeting and this happened…

Is it really July 2020?!?
“Time flies like an arrow,
fruit flies like a banana.”
~Groucho Marx

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES/EVENTS:

We’re staying connected, we’re just doing it virtually instead of in person. We hope current members will keep in touch. Reach out. Stay connected.
Take part in our FREE online activities (you don’t even need to change out of your PJs,just relax, enjoy, eat, drink, be merry!).

“Life is mostly froth and bubble,
Two things stand like stone.
Kindness in another’s trouble,
Courage in your own.”

~Adam Lindsay Gordon

NEW!!! FREE!!! “All Abilities Tai Chi”, on ZOOM!!! Offered weekly Wednesday July 15th, 2020 1pm ET; July 22nd, 2020 at 1pm ET and July 29th, 2020 1pm ET). Instructor Susan Katz will teach this slow and gentle online exercise activity, for sitting, standing and/or reclining participation. The classes emphasize body and energy levels awareness and pacing skills, as well as gentle movement exercises.  **Participants will be required to fill in and sign a waiver and submit it back via email (scans acceptable) or mail, prior to receiving the ZOOM link, and before joining their first class.  Use the dropdown menu in your pdf viewer to create your own signature to add–no printing needed!**

About Instructor Susan Katz: Sifu Susan Katz has studied and taught Traditional Chinese Exercise, Internal Martial Arts and Philosophy since 1980 and was presented with her Instructors Certificate from the Southern Tai Chi Chu’an Society in 1984. Susan has taught Tai Chi Chu’an and Chi Kung for people with MS at the Coquitlam Chimo Achievement Group, at the Vancouver Kensington Hospital long-term care home, at the Coquitlam Dogwood Pavilion Seniors Centre, as well as Simon Fraser University and various recreational facilities. Her teachers include: Sifu Lou Crockett, Master Alejandro Wang, Grand Master Raymond Cheung, and Dr. Titus Yu. Susan lives in Toronto and has ME/CFS. Practicing Tai Chi is an essential part of her wellness routine.

Register so we can send you the free Zoom link (you don’t need a ZOOM account, we have one): Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com ~ or Tel: 519-453-3198 ~ Read, Enjoy, Learn, Share on Social Media —— Website: www.fibrolondongroup.ca Please also find us and share us (Fibromyalgia London Group) @fmlondongroup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Please consult with your physician before starting any new exercise regime.

Thursday July 16th, 2020 at 11am ET and July 30th, 2020 at 11am ET are Sharing Circle Sessions free (all are welcome!) on ZOOM! Listen, Share. Talk. Ask. Tell. Inform. Be informed. No topic is off-limits as long as everyone treats each other with respect. 🙂 And remember, what happens in the virtual sharing circle stays in the virtual sharing circle. Register so we can send you the free Zoom link (you don’t need a ZOOM account, we have one): Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com ~ or Tel: 519-453-3198 ~ Read, Enjoy, Learn, Share on Social Media —— Website: www.fibrolondongroup.ca Please also find us and share us (Fibromyalgia London Group) @fmlondongroup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

NEW!!! FREE!!! “Gentle Yoga with Breath Work and Meditation” offered bi-weekly Friday July 17th, 2020 at 1pm ET, Friday July 31st, 2020 at 1pm ET. All for free!Come join Instructor Andrea Pearson who will be teaching an inclusive, online, bi-weekly gentle yoga class, designed for those who suffer from chronic pain and fatigue. Classes will include breathing exercises and meditation and are great for anyone looking to improve stiffness, mobility, and living with a chronic illness or disability. Classes will focus on the rheumatoid yoga sequence which helps to maintain mobility in the joints and reduce toxins and inflammation within the body. Classes are suitable for all ages, genders and abilities. Postures can be modified to suit individual needs, so you can enjoy the class regardless if you are a complete beginner or seasoned yogi. Before joining the call, ensure you are in comfortable clothing, have somewhere comfortable to lay down during meditation (sofa, mat) and pillows and/or blanket if you need them. Hope to see you on the mat! About Instructor Andrea Pearson: Andrea is a fully qualified 300 hour Hatha Yoga Instructor. She first started her yoga journey 15 years ago after being diagnosed with Lupus, Fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome. Her yoga journey was slow at first but she quickly felt the healing powers this practice offered, and it became a part of her daily routine. Andrea decided to participate in a fully accredited yoga teacher training program to be able to deepen her practice and personal growth and learning. Since qualifying a little over two years ago, Andrea has taught yoga in a variety of venues from formal yoga studios, at chronic pain clinics, and corporate offices. Register so we can send you the free Zoom link (you don’t need a ZOOM account, we have one): Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com ~ or Tel: 519-453-3198 ~ Read, Enjoy, Learn, Share on Social Media —— Website: www.fibrolondongroup.ca Please also find us and share us (Fibromyalgia London Group) @fmlondongroup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Please consult with your physician before starting any new exercise regime.

Tuesday July 21st, 2020 11am ET on Zoom B2C2 (Brown Bag Chat Club). Join us to talk about anything and everything but mostly what distracts us from pain, helps with pain, etc.Recommend, discuss, learn about: movies, streaming, TV, books, ebooks, e-audio, pets, card games, computer games, video games, board games, crafts, gardening, Tai Chi/Qigong, knitting, YouTube, yoga, camping, TED Talks, podcasts, drawing, hobbies, writing, blogging, sewing, volunteering, music, fishing, hiking, painting, swimming, and more! Any questions? Contact Donna at: darcyyada@gmail.com Bringing your lunch is optional, fun is not! Please register so we can send you the free Zoom link (you don’t need a ZOOM account, we have one): Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com ~ or Tel: 519-453-3198 ~ Read, Enjoy, Learn, Share on Social Media —— Website: www.fibrolondongroup.ca Please also find us and share us (Fibromyalgia London Group) @fmlondongroup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Thursday July 23rd, 2020 at 11am ET is when KNIT HAPPENS! on ZOOM! Please join us for free therapeutic knitting (or crocheting, tatting, or any craft) w/ Jedi master knitter, Janice Sumpton, who has ingeniously found a way to teach knitting and help with knitting on ZOOM! The Force is strong is this one! It’s free and fun, fair warning, there is a lot of laughter, it could leave you in stitches… If you do not wish to participant in activities good for your heart, soul and mind, this is not for you! Don’t tie yourself in knots worrying, knit your cares away!Register so we can send you the free Zoom link (you don’t need a ZOOM account, we have one): Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com ~ or Tel: 519-453-3198 ~ Read, Enjoy, Learn, Share on Social Media —— Website: www.fibrolondongroup.ca Please also find us and share us (Fibromyalgia London Group) @fmlondongroup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Monday July 27th, 2020 11am ET – Soul to Soul Convo on Zoom where Fibromyalgia London Group members (members only at this time, if you wish to join, please contact us, $20 donation/year (or more if you wish to/can help our grassroots, volunteer-driven group); please note, we are not a registered charity at this time – we accept cheques, etransfers or cash at this time. We discuss spirituality, hope, love, peace, caring, change, religion, philosophy, meditation, mindfulness, motivation, courage, spiritual harmony, spiritual activism, kindness and so much more. So join us, Soul to Soulers, take a break from the chaos of the world, turn off your devices (except the device you’re using to access Zoom lol), turn off social media, the news, and tune into to your inner calm.

Monday July 27th, 2020 7pm ET on ZOOM! – Free Caregivers Support Group for those who love and/or care for those with chronic illness. Rick, our facilitator is a loved one/caregiver of a group member and understands. Completely confidential and no members of Fibromyalgia London Group will be in the free Zoom meeting and it’s not recorded. Register so we can send you the free Zoom link (you don’t need a ZOOM account, we have one): Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com ~ or Tel: 519-453-3198 ~Read, Enjoy, Learn, Share on Social Media —— Website: www.fibrolondongroup.ca Please also find us and share us (Fibromyalgia London Group) @fmlondongroup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Tuesday July 28th, 2020 at 11am ET! Join us on Zoom (free!) for laughter, trivia questions (and even some answers), bring (virtually) your own trivia questions and/or answers ours, prizes (porch delivery or pick-up, contactless) and more! Join in the fun. Please Register via Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com ~ or Tel: 519-453-3198 ~Read, Enjoy, Learn, Share on Social Media —- Visit our Website: www.fibrolondongroup.ca for more information (it’s always changing to help you. Please also find us and share us (Fibromyalgia London Group) @fmlondongroup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram! Remember to register for EACH FREE Zoom meeting/event/activity at: fmgroup.london@gmail.com or darcyyada@gmail.com We’ll send you a free and safe link and other information about Zoom and the meetings . You do NOT have to have a Zoom account to be a participant, FLG has the account. This is a user-friendly platform.

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PLEASE register for any or all activities so we can send you the free Zoom link (you don’t need an account, we have one): Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com ~ or darcyyada@gmail.com ~ or Tel: 519-453-3198 ~ Also, please read, enjoy, learn, share on Social Media —— Website: www.fibrolondongroup.ca You can always find us and share us (Fibromyalgia London Group) @fmlondongroup on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Since the beginning of this historic pandemic, a lot of things have changed, especially with Fibromyalgia London Group,
but a lot has stayed the same.
Our commitment to our members.
Our commitment to staying connected.
Our commitment to being there for each other.
Our commitment to supporting ourselves by helping others.
None of that has changed.

Who loves the word, “FREE”? Then you’re gonna love this! Missing yard/garage sales? Need some stuff…for FREE??? Our new Facebook group page, “Free For the Taking/Giving” https://www.facebook.com/groups/550486615667745/ !!! Everything for FREE (love love love that word, Free) for the taking or giving!!! Many of us have been decluttering, readjusting, rethinking during lockdown so here’s chance to give your gently-loved and/or new items a new home! Here’s how it works: I post an item (or items) I wish to “Gift”/donate, then you type back you want it, then we Private Message (PM) and arrange a contactless pickup. Easy peasy lemony squeezy! AND/OR you post an item (or items) you wish to “gift”/donate and myself or someone else says, “Yahoo! I’d love that!” and arrange contactless pickup/delivery and so on and so and so on… You can even ask/offer services like but not limited to: picking up groceries/household items if you know the person has mobility or transportation issues; cooking/delivering meals/baking; helping teach computers, Zoom, social media, smartphones, streaming services, devices or any kind, etc.; cutting grass/gardening; picking up city garbage tags, or seriously, whatever – use your heart and your imagination! Check it out https://www.facebook.com/groups/550486615667745/

Both our group and Zoom have taken extra precautions so we won’t be Zoombombed (just FYI, I hear a lot of people calling it “hacking”, it’s not really hacking, it’s obnoxious people getting hold of a meeting’s info and jumping in, kind of like “photobombing”; it’s silly, rude, immature, yes, but we’re doing everything we can to avoid it) and to date, out of all our Zoom activities, and there have been dozens, we’ve had zero problems, with that.So join us.
It’s safe.
It’s fun.
It’s helpful.
It’s here, for you, from Fibromyalgia London Group, for FREE!!!!
And you don’t even have to leave your house!!! If you have any questions, please email me (Donna Parker) at: darcyyada@gmail.com – I’m here to help (or at least try).
We have sooooooo many activities,
there must be something that interests you!!!

While all these activities have been free we encourage those who have not YET signed up or renewed their FLG membership to do so now, please.It’s $20 (or more if you can/wish to further support our grassroots, volunteer-driven efforts)) goodwill donation per year/per person and a caregiver/support person!!! This includes everything (yes, everything) we offer – resources, support, help, as well as: any/all activities, meetings, guest speakers, events, well, everything!!!

Fibromyalgia London Group
(we also welcome anyone with CFS, ME, chronic pain and/or fatigue) is a extremely dedicated, active grassroots,
volunteer-driven chapter, always there for it’s members,
but we need help too…

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Help us help you!
Join our wonderful activities!!!
Join the group itself!!!

Others say they “get it”,
we actually “get it”.
Let’s be here for each other.

Thank you for your time, these having been trying times, let’s get through them together (apart but connected). Thanks again and hope this week treats you kindly. Stay Safe. Stay Home. Stay connected. Wash Your Hands. Stay in touch. And when in doubt, Zoom it out!!!

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