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, 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, 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.