Posted in COVID-19, Educational, Fibromyalgia, Getting social, Guest Speaker, Sharing Circle, Social events, ZOOM

Imagine (all the Zoom Meetings)

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you will join us (online)
And the world will be as one…

Imagine all the people, connecting online…
Living life in peace
. Living life in peace with: (NEW) Inspire Thursdays: Living Well With Chronic Conditions/Inspire Saturdays: Living Well With Chronic ConditionsAs well as Sharing Circles, Knit Happens!: Therapeutic Knitting (and other crafts), Tuesday Trivia Time!, Tai Chi, gentle yoga, speakers, blog posts, Chat Clubs, Soul to Soul Convos, “All I Want For Christmas is Zoom” Virtual Christmas Party (Join Us for an afternoon of holiday cheer, laughter, reflection,and fun❖We invite you to come onto the call dressed in Christmas-themed apparel, like your one-of-a-kind Ugly Sweater, Christmas PJs, Elf/Santa Hat, Reindeer Antlers, “Over the Top”outfits!❖Bring Your Favourite Christmas Afternoon Delight – Tea,Hot Chocolate, Egg Nog, Alcoholic (you are home after all!) or Non-Alcoholic Drinks…as well as so many other resources.

We’re staying connected, so important, now more than ever – we’re just doing it virtually, instead of in person. We hope you’ll 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!).

All ZOOM activities are free (we are a volunteer-drive, grassroots group so donations, of any size, are gratefully accepted —– via etransfers – fmgroup.london@gmail.com ), courtesy of Fibromyalgia London Group and open to all, especially those with Fibromyalgia, CFS, ME, CRPS, MCS, CSS (Central Sensitivity Syndromes), chronic pain/chronic illness, etc. We have people from around the world dropping by, you should too!

You don’t need a Zoom account to participate, but feel free to get one or download the app. We have an paid account and we’ve taken precautions to make it safe as possible for participants. Each activity is a “respect” zone where we respect each other and enjoy the activity, together. Please also find us and share us (Fibromyalgia London Group) @fmlondongroup on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram! Please register (let us know which activities – you can attend any or all, just let us know which ones to save time and energy), so we can send you the free Zoom link (again, you don’t need a ZOOM account, we have one): Email: fmgroup.london@gmail.com (or Donna at: darcyyada@gmail.com) ~ or Tel: 519-453-3198

Read, Enjoy, Learn, Share (seriously, seeing isn’t enough, share, please, you don’t know who you will reach, who you will help by simply sharing!) on Social Media —-Website: www.fibrolondongroup.ca !!!!! Please, also find us and share us (Fibromyalgia London Group) @fmlondongroup on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram!

Tuesdays in December 2020

B2C2 (Brown Bag Chat Club) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ 1pm Tuesday December 8th, 2020 and 1pm Tuesday December 22nd, 2020 ~~~ it’s where we chat, 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, and more! Any questions? Contact Donna at: darcyyada@gmail.com Drop by and chat about things that distract us from pain and fatigue and all the bad stuff, but please, if you wish to discuss chronic illness, join us at one or more of our monthly Sharing Circles, Thursday/Saturday and/or email us questions or ask questions on social media (direct message if you wish it to remain private). This time is to escape our pain, worries, etc.

Tuesday Trivia Time (TTT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ You get your 1st Trivia point, it’s on Tuesday! Join us 1pm Tuesday December 1st, 2020 and 1pm Tuesday December 15th, 2020, 1pm Tuesday December 29th, 2020 – “Special Edition: Saying Goodbye to 2020 and Hello to 2021!!! To Better Days Ahead!” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Prizes available! FREE!

PARTY ALERT!!! We’ve got you covered! Wednesday December 30th, 2020 ~ Please, join us for the goodbye to 2020 and Hello to 2021 Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious New Year’s Eve Eve Virtual Party!!!

Wednesdays in January 2021 – Qigong with new instructor, Ron Hicks

Wednesdays/Weekly at 1pm 2021 – “The ancient Chinese art of Qigong, closely related to Tai Chi, promotes health and wellness mentally, and physically by following 3 principles: Using the mind , proper breathing and slow movements. I will teach some basic exercises which can be done standing or sitting. Each class will end with a short guided meditation.” Instructor: Ron Hicks. Please check with your physician before starting any exercise program.

Thursdays in December 2020

Thursdays at 1pm bi-weekly – Knit Happens! (therapeutic knitting and other crafts shared in a group – new or an expert or something in between, join us) 1pm Thursday December 10th, 2020. FREE! No knitting (you can still enjoy at home, Santa probably needs some new socks!) December 24th, 2020 (Christmas Eve) – Happy Holidays! We’ll pick up this stitch in 2021!

NEW – Inspire Thursdays: Living Well With Chronic Conditions !!! – Speakers, videos, information sessions about chronic illnesses, resources, how to overcome challenges, learn about how to live well with a chronic condition, etc. 1pm Thursday December 3rd, 2020 ~~~~~~~ How to Save Money While Living With Chronic Conditions (Just in time to save you money at Christmas!). ~~~~~Done but you can catch the repeat this Saturday December 5th, 2020 @ 1pm

Weekday Sharing Circle Sessions — Sharing resources, information, stories, ideas, company, and hope at 1pm Thursday December 17th, 2020.

Fridays in December 2020

Bi-weekly Gentle Yoga/Breathwork/Meditation w/ Andrea Pearson (all the way from the UK) on 1pm Friday November 20th, 2020. FREE! A break for December and then back again in 2021!!! Please consult with your physician before starting any new exercise regime.

Soul to Soul Convo 1pm Friday December 4th, 2020 and 1pm Friday December 18th, 2020 (for FLG Members only). Discussing 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.

Saturdays in December 2020 and January 2021

Inspire Saturdays: Living Well with Chronic Conditions 1pm Saturday December 5th, 2020“How to Save Money While Living With Chronic Conditions (Just in time to save you money at Christmas!). Presenter, Donna Parker, blogger and Peer Leader of Fibromyalgia London Group.

Sharing Circle Saturdays January 9th, 2021. Need someone to talk to that understands? Really understands. Others say they get it. We really get it. Also sharing resources, tips, tricks, life hacks, hope and laughter.

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 our blog pots, our social media offerings, enjoy, learn, then please, Share on Social Media ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Website: www.fibrolondongroup.ca Please also find us and share us (Fibromyalgia London Group) @fmlondongroup on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram!

Since the beginning of this historic, horrible pandemic, a lot of things have changed,especially with Fibromyalgia London Group, but a lot has stayed the same. Our commitment to staying connected has stayed the same.

Our commitment to being there for each other. Our commitment to supporting ourselves by helping others.
None of that has changed.

Drum roll please!!! Missing Christmas bazaars? (I know I am!). Need some stuff and services…for FREE??? Fibromyalgia London Group has our own Facebook group page, “Free For the Taking/Giving” https://www.facebook.com/groups/550486615667745/!!! The rules are simple, everything offered or received has to be free! Yes, FREE (love love love that word, Free) for the taking or giving!!!

Many of us have been decluttering, readjusting, rethinking, so here’s chance to give your gently-loved and/or new items a new home!

Here’s how it works: Post an item (or items) you wish to “Gift”/donate, then you type back you want it, then Private Message (PM) and arrange a contactless pickup. Easy peasy lemony squeezy!

AND/OR 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 here… 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 old timey “photobombing”; “zoombombing” is silly, rude, immature, yes, but we’re doing everything we can to avoid it. 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. It’s 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 so far (we gratefully accept any donation of any size give only what you can and want – etransfers to: fmgroup.london@gmail.com).

Fibromyalgia London Group (we also welcome anyone with CFS, ME, chronic pain and/or fatigue) is a extremely dedicated, active grassroots, volunteer-driven organization, but we need help…not just with donations, but help with support, volunteering, ideas, connecting to resources/information, sharing our information on social media and to family, friends, other groups, etc. Sharing is caring and you never know who you will help.

It’s much harder to concentrate on your pain, your fatigue, your worries, troubles, woes, etc. when you’re helping others.

This is a group for those who want not just survive the trials and tribulations we face, but to thrive (with some help). Help us help you!
Join our wonderful activities!!!
Join the group itself!!!

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!!!

Merry Christmas! Joyeux Noel! Buon Natale! Feliz Navidad! Frohe Weihnachten! toDwI’ma’ qoS yItIvqu’! “Chag Sameach! Mele Kalilimaka! Wesołych Świąt! Happy Hogswatch! Joyous Kwanzaa! Wishing you a latke fun this Hanukkah! 圣诞节快乐 Shèngdàn jié kuàilè! क्रिसमस की बधाई krisamas kee badhaee! Happy Festivus! Yuletide Greetings! ulihelisdi danisdayohihvi! Hanukkah Sameach! Happy Hanukkah! Καλά Χριστούγεννα! Meri Kuri! Laethanta saoire sona! Joy to the world! Happy Holidays! The fruit cake’s in the mail! Seasons Greetings! It doesn’t matter how we say it, we should feel it in our hearts all the year through!!!

Posted in Blog posts, COVID-19, Fibromyalgia, Getting social, Sharing Circle, Social events, ZOOM

I’ll Stop the World and #Zoom with You

All ZOOM activities are free, courtesy of Fibromyalgia London Group and open to all, especially those with Fibromyalgia, CFS, ME, CRPS, MCS, CSS (Central Sensitivity Syndrome), chronic pain/chronic illness, etc. We have people from around the world dropping by, for free, you should too! You don’t need a Zoom account to participate. We have an account and we’ve taken precautions to make it safe for participants. Each activity is a “respect” zone where we respect each other and enjoy the activity, together. Please register so we can send you the free Zoom link (again, you don’t need a ZOOM account, we have one): Email fmgroup.london@gmail.com (or Donna at: darcyyada@gmail.com) ~ or Tel: 519-453-3198 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Read, Enjoy, Learn, Share (seriously, seeing isn’t enough, share, please, you don’t know who you will reach, who you will help by simply sharing!) on Social Media —-Website: www.fibrolondongroup.ca ! Please, also find us and share us (Fibromyalgia London Group) @fmlondongroup on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram!

Tuesdays November/December 2020/January 2021

B2C2 (Brown Bag Chat Club) ~~~ 1pm Tuesday January 5th, 2020 —- where we chat over lunch about things that distract us from pain and fatigue and all the bad stuff. Any suggestions on books to discuss? Places you’ve traveled or wish to travel (even virtually?)?

Tuesday Trivia Time (TTT) – you get your 1st point, it’s on Tuesday 1pm ET December 1st, 2020 —— where we “fight” memory problems, to see who can remember things, without looking them up, ok, we often (eventually) look them up. Prizes available! FREE!

Wednesdays January 2021

Wednesdays/Weekly at 1pm January 2021 – “The ancient Chinese art of Qigong, closely related to Tai Chi, promotes health and wellness mentally, and physically by following 3 principles: Using the mind , proper breathing and slow movements. I will teach some basic exercises which can be done standing or sitting. Each class will end with a short guided meditation.” Instructor: Ron Hicks. Please check with your physician before starting any exercise program.

Thursdays November/December 2020 and January 2021

Thursdays at 1pm bi-weekly – Knit Happens! (therapeutic knitting and other crafts shared in a group – new or an expert or something in between, join us) 1pm Thursday January 7th, 2021. FREE!

Inspire Thursdays: Living Well with Chronic Conditions – Special videos, speakers, information sessions about chronic illnesses, resources, etc. Thursday December 3rd, 2020 at 1pm ET – Topic: “Saving Money while Living Well with Chronic Conditions” (Just in time for the holidays!).Weekday Sharing Circle Sessions — Sharing resources, information, stories and hope at 1pm Thursday January 28th, 2021.

Fridays November 2020

Bi-weekly Gentle Yoga/Breathwork/Meditation w/ Andrea Pearson (all the way from the UK) on Fridays. FREE! Yoga will be on a break in December and back in 2021!!!

Soul to Soul Convo Friday December 4th, 2020 1pm ET (for Members only).

Saturdays November 2020

Inspire Saturdays: Living Well with Chrnic Conditions 1pm Saturdays. 1pm ET December 5th, 2020 Saturday — Inspire Saturdays: Living Well with Chronic Conditions – Special videos, speakers, information sessions about chronic illnesses, resources, etc. Saturday December 5th, 2020 at 1pm ET – Topic: “Saving Money while Living Well with Chronic Conditions” (Just in time for the holidays!). Usually first Saturday for the month. Sharing resources, information, stories and hope. Also, bi-monthly, Saturday Sharing Circle!!!

Stay tuned for upcoming special events!

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

Posted in Blog posts, COVID-19, Educational, Fibromyalgia, Getting social, Guest Speaker, Sharing Circle, Social events, ZOOM

I went to a #Zoom meeting and this happened…

July 2020 is gone?!?
“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!).

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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!!!

Posted in Blog posts, COVID-19, Fibromyalgia, Sharing Circle

What Happens in the Virtual Sharing Circle Stays in the Virtual Sharing Circle

Staying home but want/need to attend the Fibromyalgia London Group (also CFS/ME, and other chronic illnesses) Sharing Circle Session this Thursday April 16th, 2020? You can!!! We’re doing a virtual Sharing Circle Session
Thursday, April 16, 2020; 11:00am (ET).
FREE ~ OPEN TO ALL

Email fmgroup.london@gmail.com to register!
You’ll be sent an email with the link that will Zoom you right to a virtual meeting room (if they ask you for a password, it’s rare, but it happens, we’re going to send you that too. We’ll send you the time, date, Meeting ID, password, link, everything you need. You just need a device that has audio (and video if you want to be seen too) – laptop, tablet/iPad, desktop, smartphone, iPhone.
As a participant, you don’t need to have an account. You can “Mute” or “Unmute” any time you wish. You can use video or not. You can come and go from the meeting whenever you wish. You can add, or share, or listen – whatever makes you feel most comfortable. This is a safe space. No pressure. No judgement. No COVID-19. Just friendly faces who understand. People say they understand chronic pain and chronic fatigue and everything that goes with it and I’m sure they want to understand. We understand. We live it. We want to help. 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!). https://fibrolondongroup.ca/ Join us for companionship, information, resources, caring, sharing, kindness and compassion. Stay home. Stay safe. Save lives. And remember to Thank those who are putting their lives on the line to keep us safe. https://fibrolondongroup.ca/2020/03/27/even-covid19-cant-beat-our-ldnont-spirit/

ZOOM virtual meetings hosted by Fibromyalgia London Group!!! Easy, free, fun, informative, a perfect way to stay in touch during these unprecedented, difficult times. If you have any questions, contact me (Donna) at: darcyyada@gmail.com or Jacqueline at: fmgroup.london@gmail.com There’s no place like home!

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.