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 Fibromyalgia, Sharing Circle

Sharing Circle – Cause You’re Worth It

Please join us for Fibromyalgia London Group’s “Bye Bye 2019, Hello 2020!” (“Adieu to 2019 – Bonjour 2020!”) South/West Sharing Circle Session (we’ll share again and again in 2020)!!!

It’s our last sharing circle of 2019 – we’ll be back in January!!! But we know how difficult and stressful the holiday season can be. Christmas shopping, Christmas dinner, Christmas baking, Christmas decorating, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day. So much pressure!!!

There are high expectations during the holiday season even if you don’t celebrate, these are especially tough times for those with chronic illnesses. We get it. We live it. We’re here, in person, via phone, email, text, on social media. We understand. http://fibrolondongroup.ca/2019/12/15/12-unusual-ways-to-relieve-your-holiday-stress/

Sharing is voluntary, caring just happens naturally!

Meet us at: Earl Nichols Recreation Centre 799 Homeview Rd (near Southdale) in London, Ontario, Canada – Thursday December 19th, 2019 11am-12:30pm. Free parking! Near bus routes #10, #93, etc. http://www.londontransit.ca/ to plan your trip and remember, City of London now has a income-related monthly bus passes available http://www.london.ca/residents/social-services/discretionary-benefits/Pages/Subsidized-Transit.aspx#Eligibility). Doesn’t matter how you get there as long as you show up! Peer leaders are there by 10:30am to answer questions, do sign-ups, talk about resources, chat, listen, etc.

Contact Jacqueline at: Tel: 519-453-3198 or Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com to register but if you forget or don’t remember (gee, none of us with chronic illness ever do that, wait, what was I talking about?) or feel up to stopping by, even for awhile, just drop in, we’re always happy to see you. Come for the sharing, stay for the caring!

Please keep checking here www.fibrolondongroup.ca for blog posts, quotes, poems, event listings, information, resources, etc. Also, “Follow Us” (here and on social media @fmlondongroup) and share posts on: Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, LinkedIn, MeWe, Facebook, Mix, Reddit, Tumblr, Yum, etc. Leave a comment, get involved, be here for each other.

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!).

Membership to Fibromyalgia London Group (FLG), also, CFS, ME, and all other chronic pain conditions is only $20/year w/ unlimited access to any or all events, activities, etc. for you and registered caregiver; or a $5 donation per event per person.

Supporting Ourselves By Helping Others.

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 Fibromyalgia, Sharing Circle

Go Ahead, Make My Day…

Saturday December 7th, 2019 1pm- 2:30pm it’s our epic “Goodbye 2019” (Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a safe and Happy New Year’s Eve – we’ll be sharing again in 2020!) North/East London, Ontario, Canada Sharing Circle and separate Caregiver Support Group – Stronach Recreation Centre, 1221 Sandford St. N5V 2J8 (please note change of venue) on Saturday December 7th, 2019 1pm-2:30pm (doors open early and Peer Leaders are there to: chat, answer questions, help with resources, etc.).

You’re not alone, chronic pain and other symptoms make you feel like you’re alone (it lies!!!). Need to share? Want to listen? Want to be heard? By people who understand, then please join our caring Fibromyalgia/Fibromialgia, CFS, CRPS, ME, and all chronic pain Sharing Circle session with a separate sharing circle/support group for caregivers/supporters. etc. of those with Fibromylagia and other chronic pain – (when we say sharing, it’s voluntary, but you never know what you might learn) and you’ll get all this and more!

We’re here for each other!

So please, join us at the monthly Sharing Circle Session and Caregiver Support Group Meetup at the Stronach Recreation Centre, 1221 Sandford St. N5V 2J8 (please note change of venue) in London, Ontario, Canada on Saturday December 7th, 2019 1pm-2:30pm (peer leaders will be there by 12:30pm, come early, talk, connect, share, care, chat, etc.) for the Fibromyalgia and other chronic pain London Group Sharing Circle session and the separate Caregivers Sharing Circle Session for those who love and care for people with chronic pain.

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

fmgroup.london@gmail.com

Or if you and your loved one/caregiver/supporter/spouse/partner/friend/sibling/parent, etc. feel up to it that day or forget (Fibrofog never, ever, ever makes us forget anything…what was I saying?) and want to come anyway, all are welcome. We understand. Really.

What is $20 per year (yes, I said $20 per year which is like $1.66 a month and like a nickel a day, what do you get for a nickel?) and gives you PLUS a listed supporter/caregiver/loved one/spouse/friend/sibling/parent/partner, etc. unlimited access (yes, you read that correctly, unlimited, no restrictions, no caps, no limits ) to any OR ALL Fibromyalgia London Group (FLG) activities, Sharing Circles, special events, speakers, resources, get-togethers, websites, social media, etc.??? You may have already guessed, a membership/donation to FLG (Fibromyalgia London Group).

Yes, only $20/year. Still not sure? 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!

You can also find us, @fmlondongroup on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter https://twitter.com/fmlondongroup

And https://www.facebook.com/fmlondongroup/ or look up @fmlondongroup

The holidays can be tough on people with Fibromyalgia, CFS, ME, CRPS, any chronic pain, so if you’re struggling, again, you’re not alone, feel free to contact us via: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, this website, call, email, we’re here!

Thank you. Hope to see you and that someone special who’s smart enough to love and care for someone with Fibromyalgia or other chronic pain condition at the Sharing Circle Session and Caregiver Support Group Meetup at the Stronach Recreation Centre, 1221 Sandford St. N5V 2J8 (please note change of venue) in London, Ontario, Canada – that’s this Saturday December 7th, 2019 1pm-2:30pm (peer leaders will be there by 12:30pm, come early, talk, connect, share, care, chat, etc.). And remember, despite what Fibromyalgia and/or other chronic pain 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 Fibromyalgia, Sharing Circle

What Happens in the Sharing Circle Stays in the Sharing Circle

Fibromyalgia London Group (FLG) Monthly Sharing Circle (morning); 11:00am until 12:30pm (peer leaders and some members arrive at 10:30am, so join us for information, resources, just to talk, for the community and company – as this is close to Christmas/holiday season but not too close some are bringing homemade and/or store-bought baking to share with members – it doesn’t have to be gluten-free, etc. but please clearly mark if it contains: gluten, dairy, nuts, eggs, etc. Thank you.) at Earl Nichols Community Centre, 799 Homeview Road (near Southdale and Wharncliffe) London, Ontario, Canada

Please register but if you forget (we never do that with Fibrofog!) or decide to join us last minute, all are welcome…please drop in, we’d love to have you there!
Fibromyalgia London Group
Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com ~ Website: www.fibrolondongroup.ca Tel: 519-453-3198 ~

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

Membership to Fibromyalgia (also CFS, ME and other chronic conditions) London Group is only $20 per year (not kidding) and that gives you admission for yourself and one supporter (family, friend, spouse, partner, loved one, caregiver, etc.) to any or all of our programs, including but not limited to: Sharing Circle (we talk, you talk but only when you feel comfortable; we share resources, information, etc. and what’s happens in the Sharing Circle stays in the Sharing Circle); Special Events which include speakers, presentations, therapeutic knitting with pain and purpose, charitable work, stone painting, social events and so so much more! Not sure you want to join? That’s ok too. Come visit us, $5 donation per person and if you decide to join then we’ll take that into account.

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.

“Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.”
― Dalai Lama

Fibromyalgia London Group (FLG) Monthly Sharing Circle (morning); 11:00am until 12:30pm (peer leaders and some members arrive at 10:30am, so join us for information, resources, just to talk, for the community and company – as this is close to Christmas/holiday season but not too close some are bringing homemade and/or store-bought baking to share with members – it doesn’t have to be gluten-free, etc. but please clearly mark if it contains: gluten, dairy, nuts, eggs, etc. Thank you. ) at Earl Nichols Community Centre, 799 Homeview Road (near Southdale and Wharncliffe) London, Ontario, Canada

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.