Posted in Blog posts, Educational, Fibromyalgia, Getting social, Guest Speaker, Sharing Circle, Social events

Happy New Year 2020! What’s Next?

Happy New Year! Hard to believe it’s already 2020 (no vision jokes). A new year (and a leap year at that), a new decade, but what’s next? Sometimes when we’re in a Fibro flare, stressed out, and/or having a rough time, it’s hard to think, what’s next? So make plans anyway, make choices, don’t let the world make them for you.

Here at Fibromyalgia London Group we understand, the holidays can add extra stress (https://fibrolondongroup.ca/2019/12/15/12-unusual-ways-to-relieve-your-holiday-stress/) and post-holiday exhaustion is real…and don’t even get me started on what winter does to Fibro.

So come out to some (or all – with a $20 membership per year every single event, program, sharing circle, everything is no extra charge to you and a registered caregiver/supporter/loved one) of our programs, events, sharing circles, etc. – relax, de-stress, learn about resources and ways to cope with pain, exhaustion, anxiety. Also, you’ll meet folks who know what you’re going through. We don’t just say we get it. We get it.

Please note: Fibromyalgia London Group (FM/CFS/chronic pain) Saturday Sharing Circle sessions in the North end, North London Optimist Centre will now be bi-monthly (every second month, 6 times per year). As well, the FM/CFS Caregivers’ Support Group, led and facilitated by Rick Avdovich. Caregivers, supporters, and loved ones of persons living with FM or CFS have their own support circle, held Bi-monthly (every 2nd month/ 6x/year) at the same time our FM/CFS/CRPS/ME Sharing Circle meets.

Thursday Sharing Circle sessions will continue MONTHLY. So just as a reminder, there’s NO Sharing Circle January 4th, but join us at the North London Optimist Centre January 11th, 2020 for an educational opportunity…

LIVE BLOOD MICROSCOPY Saturday, January 11, 2020; 1-3pm North London Optimist Community Centre.

And Thursday January 16th for a Support/Sharing Circle. Free parking and on several London Transit routes, ie. #10 – check out http://www.londontransit.ca/plan-a-trip/routes-schedules/ for more details. Also, the City of London has an income-related bus pass http://www.london.ca/residents/social-services/discretionary-benefits/Pages/Subsidized-Transit.aspx Whichever way you arrive, we want you to thrive!

Thursday support sessions are still monthly, in January 2020 it’s Thursday January 16th, 2020 11am-12:30pm (doors open at 10:30am and Peer Leaders will be there to answer questions, sign up members, share resources or just to listen) – Earl Nichols Recreation Centre 799 Homeview Rd. 11am-12:30pm. Free parking and on several London Transit routes, ie. #10 – check out http://www.londontransit.ca/plan-a-trip/routes-schedules/ for more details. Also, the City of London has an income-related bus pass http://www.london.ca/residents/social-services/discretionary-benefits/Pages/Subsidized-Transit.aspx Whichever way you arrive, we want you to thrive!

Knit Happens: Therapeutic Knitting for all! Bi-weekly knitting program, 3rd Floor Board room London Public Library Central Branch (accessible to all). Please remember all FLG events are scent-free please. Instructor Janice Sumpton shows how knitting can help with chronic pain, or everyday stress, because Knit Happens! All are welcome! Open not only to Fibromyalgia London Group members but to the general public. New to knitting or an expert, come to learn or just for the company! Free 2hr parking (validate at front desk of LPL with library card) and on several London Transit routes, ie. #4, 6, 13, 90, and more – check out http://www.londontransit.ca/plan-a-trip/routes-schedules/ for more details. Also, the City of London has an income-related bus pass http://www.london.ca/residents/social-services/discretionary-benefits/Pages/Subsidized-Transit.aspx Whichever way you arrive, we want you to thrive! January 9th 1pm-2:30pm – bring your needles and yarn – we’re going to have a ball!

Cards and Company Monday Afternoons! January 13th & 27th, 2020, 1pm-3pm!!! Free for Fibromyalgia London Group members and a supporter/caregiver but snacks are always welcome!!! Free parking and on several London Transit routes, ie. #4, 6, 90, 13, 15 and more – check out http://www.londontransit.ca/plan-a-trip/routes-schedules/ for more details. Also, the City of London has an income-related bus pass http://www.london.ca/residents/social-services/discretionary-benefits/Pages/Subsidized-Transit.aspx Whichever was you arrive, we want you to thrive! We’re playing with a full deck (honest)!

Please read and keep checking back, to the homepage, https://fibrolondongroup.ca/ changes all the time with upcoming events. To the right of that page, under “What We’ve Been Up To” are blog posts about events, Fibromyalgia and other stuff. Also, and 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 especially social media – you never know when you’re going to help someone. Then please, submit…

ORIGINAL content (written by you) blog posts, memes, quotes, ideas, recipes, lyrics, personal experiences, etc. to: iwanttobelieve@rogers.com (you can use your first name, full name, pseudonym, whatever you feel comfortable with, in the blogging world, anything goes…). Here are a few examples of ORIGINAL blog posts, but the whole point of original is you do you!!!

“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.

Keep checking https://fibrolondongroup.ca for more and more details. Even if no one else understands, we do. New Year, new you or are you enough already and just need some help to live your best life? Don’t wait for help to come to you, come to us for help. Fibromyalgia London Group
Tel: 519-453-3198 ~

Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com 

~ Website: www.fibrolondongroup.ca

Happy New Year and hope to see you soon!

Posted in Educational, Fibromyalgia, Getting social

To Knit or Not to Knit: Now That’s A Silly Question!!!

Fibromyalgia London Group (FLG) invites any member, support person, and/or member of the public to participate in a free (what a beautiful word) activity program, therapeutic knitting for those with pain and who want more purpose.

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Led by Janice Sumpton, Knitter Extraordinaire and Knitwear Designer with more than 50 years knitting experience. Living with chronic pain for more than 20 years, Janice found the rhythm and calming repetition of knitting very therapeutic in helping her cope with pain.

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This program is sponsored by our group, the Fibromyalgia London Group and offered in collaboration with the London Public Library (LPL), to support the needs of the FM/CFS/ME community in London, Ontario, Canada and area, as well as anyone who feel they will benefit from being a part of this new community-led program.

Join us Thursday December 12th, 2019 from 1-2:30pm (doors open until 3pm if you want to finish, rest, relax, chat, etc.) in the Boardroom, 3rd Floor (elevators available right across from the staircase), London Public Library – Central Branch in Citi Plaza (formerly the Galleria), Downtown London, Ontario, Canada. 

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FREE program (yes, free!), OPEN TO ALL AGES, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – simply email mailto:fmgroup.london@gmail.com or phone 519-453-3198 to reserve your seat. 

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Anyone of any knitting skill level who is:

Interested in learning how to knit or about therapeutic knitting as a coping method for pain management…

Interested in swapping ideas on how to live everyday with pain and manage this pain…

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Looking to enjoy fun time with others who share similar interests, make friends, etc…

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Looking to give back to community by supporting local charities in need of donated knitwear (COMING SOON! Knit/Crochet for Donation to a Local Charity – We Will Provide Supplies!).

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Please join us (and tell your friends, family, neighbours, co-workers, children, siblings, Grandma, Grandpa, mailperson, doctors, Santa, Mrs. Claus, the elves, the reindeer (I bet they’d like to learn to knit themselves sweaters with their names so we’d all stop getting them confused, on Dasher, on Dancer, on Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Daryl Dixon? Well, tell everyone!). 

Don’t Know How To Knit? We’ll Teach You! Learn How Therapeutic Knitting Can Help You Cope with Pain. Come Meet for Fun and Crafty Conversations!

Yarn provided for beginners with Instructional Help (bring own 4mm or 4.5mm needles), or please, bring your own project!

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Free knitting program, free conversation, free 2-hour underground parking in Citi Plaza if you bring your parking ticket for validation at the Front Desk on the Main Floor with your Library Card.

Contact Jacqueline
Fibromyalgia London Group
Tel: 519-453-3198 ~ Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com

~ Website: www.fibrolondongroup.ca

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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.

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To Knit of Not Knit, that is the question? That’s a silly question. To knit and to teach others how to knit, that’s the answer.

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Please join us for our “Goodbye 2019, We’ll Pick up that Stitch in 2020!” Knitting class on Thursday December 12th, 2019 1pm until 2:30pm 3rd floor Boardroom, Central Branch, London Public Library (in Citi Plaza). Free to all!

Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! ¡Felices Fiestas! Jie Ri Yu Kuai! Laethanta saoire sona! Happy Hanukkah! Joyous Kwanzaa! Yuletide Greetings! Joyeux Noël! Let it snow…somewhere else! Feliz Navidad! Seasons Greetings! Happy New Year Joy! Celebrate! Be merry! Shiawasena kyūjitsu! Boas Festas! Li holide eximnandi! Happy Christmas! Wishing you a latke fun this Hanukkah! Hau’oli Lanui! मेरी क्रिसमस ! Forhe Feiertage! Selamat Hari Raya! Joyeuses Fêtes! Prettige Feestdagen! Buone Feste! Trevlig Helg! Jingle All The Way! Happy Holidays from owl of us! Tis the Season! Warmest greetings! Happy Holidays, Mate! It doesn’t matter how you say it as long as it’s said with kindness.

Posted in Educational, Fibromyalgia, Guest Speaker

Ontario Disability Benefits (ODSP): What You Need to Know

Fibromyalgia London Group is Proud to Present:

Ontario’s Disability Benefits Program (ODSP): What you need to know. Whether you’re starting the application process – ODSP, CPP-D, etc. – or going through the journey of denial and acceptance of your application, tribunals etc., make a point of coming to our information workshop.

Ontario’s Disability Benefits: From Application to Appeal presented by Rob Spencer, London Employment Help Centre

And then…

Saving While Living on Disability or Social Assistance Benefits presented by Robert Leyland, Family Services Thames Valley

Please join us Tuesday, December 3, 2019 6:30-8:30pm (Doors Open at 6:00pm) Beacock Branch Library, 1280 Huron Street, London, Ontario, Canada.

This program is open to the public, free (registration required). Hosted by the Fibromyalgia London Group with Community Partners: London Employment Help Centre, Family Services Thames Valley and the London Public Library. There’s free parking available and on several LTC bus routes (#10, #15, #27 – check http://www.londontransit.ca/ to plan your trip).

Register several ways:

Online: https://ontarios-disabiliity-benefits.eventbrite.com

Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com or

Call: 519-453-3198

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.

Hope to see you there.

Posted in Educational, Fibromyalgia

Knit Happens!

Fibromyalgia London Group (FLG) invites any member, support person, or member of the public to participate in a new activity program, therapeutic knitting for those with pain and who want more purpose.

Led by Janice Sumpton, Knitter Extraordinaire and Knitwear Designer with more than 50 years knitting experience. Living with chronic pain for more than 20 years, Janice found the rhythm and calming repetition of knitting very therapeutic in helping her cope with pain.

This program is sponsored by our Group, the Fibromyalgia London Group and offered in collaboration with the London Public Library (LPL), to support the needs of the FM/CFS/ME community in London, Ontario, Canada and area, as well as anyone who feel they will benefit from being a part of this new community-led program.

Join us Thursday November 14th, 2019 from 1-3pm in the Boardroom, 3rd Floor, London Public Library-Central Branch in Citi Plaza (formerly the Galleria), Downtown London, Ontario, Canada. 

This is a FREE program, OPEN TO ALL AGES, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – simply email mailto:fmgroup.london@gmail.com or phone 519-453-3198 to reserve your seat. 

Anyone of any knitting skill level who is:

Interested in learning how to knit or about therapeutic knitting as a coping method for pain management…

Interested in swapping ideas on how to live everyday with pain and manage this pain…

Looking to enjoy fun time with others who share similar interests, make friends, etc…

Looking to give back to community by supporting local charities in need of donated knitwear (COMING SOON! Knit/Crochet for Donation to a Local Charity – We Will Provide Supplies!).

Please join us (and tell your friends, family, neighbours, co-workers, children, siblings, Grandma, Grandpa, mailperson, doctors, well, tell everyone)! 

Don’t Know How To Knit? We’ll Teach You! Learn How Therapeutic Knitting Can Help You Cope with Pain. Come Meet for Fun and Crafty Conversations!

Yarn provided for beginners with Instructional Help (bring own 4mm or 4.5mm needles), or please, bring your own project!

In case you didn’t know, you can get 2-hours free underground parking in Citi Plaza if you bring your parking ticket for validation at the Front Desk on the Main Floor.  You will need your Library Card with you.

Contact Jacqueline
Fibromyalgia London Group
Tel: 519-453-3198 ~ Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com

~ Website: www.fibrolondongroup.ca

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.

Spread the #knittinglove because as we all know, Knit Happens!

Posted in Educational, Fibromyalgia, Guest Speaker

CHRONIC PAIN: An Underestimated Healthcare Problem

Fibromyalgia London Group presents:

CHRONIC PAIN: An Underestimated Healthcare Problem

An educational and informative special event for those living with, or supporting a person living with, Chronic Pain, as a disease or symptom of an auto-immune chronic illness.   

·      Do you understand that chronic pain is a disease?

·      How familiar are you with local resources and services for pain?

·      How do you survive daily living with chronic pain?

SPEAKERS, include but are not limited to:

~~~ St. Joseph’s Pain Management Program – Dr. Geoff Bellingham, Director-Pain Management Program, St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre, London

~~~ Migraines and Headaches: Everything You Wanted To Know But Were Afraid To Ask – Dr. Paul Cooper, Professor of Neurology and Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism, Western University, London Health Sciences Centre-University Hospital

One Day Only, Saturday, November 9, 2019

@ North London Optimist Community Centre

1345 Cheapside Street, London (off Highbury Ave)

1:00 – 3:30pm (Doors Open at 12:30pm, come early to meet and greet)

ALL ARE WELCOME • REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED • FREE PARKING

Members: FREE (Fibromyalgia London Group membership is only $20/year and that includes free admission into all special events, sharing circle sessions, knitting group, stone painting, potlucks, all activities for you and a registered supporter, friend, family member, spouse, loved one, sibling, child, caregiver, etc.); Visitors: $5 donation at door

To Register:

Online: https://chronicpain-fmgroup-london.eventbrite.com

Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com Or call: 519-453-3198

Please note: Our Group (FLG) is collecting donations of canned food and dry goods, for donation to the London Food Bank.  Please consider bringing with you some food items for our Donation Bin.  Thank you!

Fibromyalgia London Group (FLG)
Tel: 519-453-3198 ~ Email:
fmgroup.london@gmail.com ~ Website: www.fibrolondongroup.ca And please join us @fmlondongroup on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

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.

Posted in Educational, Fibromyalgia, Uncategorized

Fibromyalgia Knitting with Pain and Purpose Group Halloween Treat with No Tricks!

Led by Janice Sumpton, Knitter Extraordinaire and Knitwear Designer with more than 50 years knitting experience. Living with chronic pain for more than 20 years, Janice found the rhythm and calming repetition of knitting very therapeutic in helping her cope with pain.

Fibromyalgia London Group (FLG) invites any member, support person, or member of the public to participate in a new activity program, KNITTING WITH PAIN AND PURPOSE. 

The program is sponsored by our Group, the Fibromyalgia London Group and offered in collaboration with the London Public Library, to support the needs of the FM/CFS/ME community in London, Ontario, Canada and area, as well as anyone who feels they will benefit from being a part of this new community-led program.

Our inaugural session will be held on Thursday, October 31st (Halloween, all treat and no tricks!) from 1-3pm in the Boardroom, 3rd Floor, London Public Library-Central Branch in Citi Plaza (formerly the Galleria), Downtown London, Ontario, Canada. 

This is a FREE  program, OPEN TO ALL AGES, but REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – simply email mailto:fmgroup.london@gmail.com or phone 519-453-3198 to reserve your seat. 

Any male or female of any knitting skill level who is:

Interested in learning how to knit or about therapeutic knitting as a coping method for pain management…

Interested in swapping ideas on how to live everyday with pain and manage this pain…

Looking to enjoy fun time with others who share similar interests, make friends, etc…

Looking to give back to community by supporting local charities in need of donated knitwear (COMING SOON! Knit/Crochet for Donation to a Local Charity – We Will Provide Supplies!).

You’re welcome to join us (and tell your friends, family, neighbours, co-workers, everyone)! 

Don’t Know How To Knit? We’ll Teach You! Learn How Therapeutic Knitting Can Help You Cope with Pain. Come Meet for Fun and Crafty Conversations!

Yarn provided for beginners with Instructional Help (bring own 4mm or 4.5mm needles), or please, bring your own project!

Remember, you can get 2-hours free underground parking in Citi Plaza if you bring your parking ticket for validation at the Front Desk on the Main Floor.  You will need your Library Card with you.

Contact Jacqueline
Fibromyalgia London Group
Tel: 519-453-3198 ~ Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com 

~ Website: www.fibrolondongroup.ca

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.

Posted in Educational, Fibromyalgia, Sharing Circle, Uncategorized

Mark Your Calendars – Saturday November 2nd, 2019!

You are not alone. Need to share? Want to listen? Want to be heard? By people who understand? Join our caring Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Sharing Circle session and you’ll get all this and more!

Please, join us at the North London Optimist Community Centre, 1345 Cheapside St. (off Highbury Ave.) in London, Ontario, Canada on Saturday November 2nd, 2019 1pm-2:30pm (peer leaders will be there by 12:30pm, come early, talk, connect, share, care) for the Fibromyalgia (CFS/ME) London Group Sharing Circle session.

To register contact, call Jacqueline at:
519-453-3198 or email:

fmgroup.london@gmail.com

What’s $20 per year and gives you and a listed supporter/caregiver/loved one/spouse/friend, etc. unlimited access to all Fibromyalgia (and CFS/ME) London Group activities, Sharing Circles, special events, speakers, resources, etc.? A membership to FLG (Fibromyalgia London Group). Or come and visit, a $5 donation/person will let you see what we have to offer. Fill out an application and become a part of this volunteer-driven, self-help group today!

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.

You can also find us on:

And https://www.facebook.com/fmlondongroup/


Thank you. Hope to see you there. And remember, despite what Fibromyalgia and/or CFS/ME makes you think, you are not alone.

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.

Posted in Educational, Fibromyalgia, Sharing Circle, Uncategorized

#Fibromyalgia Makes You Think You’re Alone…You’re Not

You are not alone. Need to share? Want to listen? Want to be heard? By people who understand? Join our caring Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Sharing Circle session and you’ll get all this and more!

Drop by Earl Nichols Recreation Centre @ 799 Homeview Rd. (near Southdale and Wharncliffe) in London, Ontario, Canada this Thursday October 17th, 2019 @ 11am-12:30pm (peer leaders will be there by 10:30am, come early, talk, connect, share, care) for the Fibromyalgia London Group Sharing Circle session.

Membership to the Fibromyalgia (and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) London Group (FLG) is $20 a year (really) and that includes free admission for yourself and a listed caregiver, supporter, friend, family member, spouses, partners, loved ones, etc. to any and all events, special events, guest speakers, etc. for the whole year! Fill out an application and become a part of this volunteer-driven, self-help group today! Not sure if you want to join, come out to a Sharing Circle or meeting, visitors and non-members require a $5 donation.

To register contact:

519-453-3198

fmgroup.london@gmail.com

https://www.facebook.com/fmlondongroup/

https://twitter.com/fmlondongroup

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.

Thank you. Hope to see you there. And remember, despite what Fibromyalgia makes you think, you are not alone.