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Awareness Day to Aid Over 400,000 Michiganders With Fibromyalgia

April 17, 2012

ROYAL OAK, Mich., April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Do you have pain, fatigue, memory problems, and sleep disorders? Approximately 493,809 Michiganders do. They have a central nervous system illness called fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia impacts every aspect of a person’s life and can be disabling. Fibromyalgia can make the simplest activities like getting dressed or walking from one room to another seem like climbing Mount Everest. There is no cure for fibromyalgia but much can be done to manage the illness. Attend the Fibromyalgia Association of Michigan’s 11th Annual Michigan Fibromyalgia Awareness Day Event – “Make Fibromyalgia Visible” Conference on Saturday, May 5 from 12:30 – 4:15 PM at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital’s Webber Cancer Center Auditorium in Warren, Michigan to learn skills and resources for managing fibromyalgia. Early Bird Registration is $10 until April 27, after April 27 and at the door registration is $15. Register online at www.MiFibromyalgia.org or call 248.885.4673.

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Much like diabetes and heart disease, people with fibromyalgia need to make changes to their lifestyle to manage their health. This knowledge can lead to people requiring less medication, experiencing less symptoms, and improving their quality of life (BlogTalkRadio, NFMCPA, 01/13/2012). In addition, becoming an educated health consumer reduces the individual’s health care expenditures and results in less visits to the doctor and emergency room (US Department of Health and Human Services). “These benefits are the best gifts we can think of to give the fibromyalgia community on Fibromyalgia Awareness Day,” says Fibromyalgia Association of Michigan Director & Founder Sharon Waldrop. “We have been celebrating Awareness Day for the past 11 years to bring awareness of this potentially disabling condition and to educate people with fibromyalgia.”

“Make Fibromyalgia Visible” is the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association’s theme for this year’s events occurring across the nation. This year’s events are also celebrating Moms with fibromyalgia, and Moms’ of children with fibromyalgia. These two groups of Moms are encouraged to enter the NFMCPA’s “FM Mom of the Year” contest.

The Fibromyalgia Association of Michigan became the Michigan Affiliate for the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association in 2011. Awareness Day is designed to increase awareness and understanding of fibromyalgia, a chronic pain disorder usually characterized by chronic widespread pain, multiple tender points, abnormal pain processing, sleep disturbances, and fatigue.

About the Fibromyalgia Association of Michigan

The Fibromyalgia Association of Michigan grew out of the Fibromyalgia Support & Education Group at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital that Sharon Waldrop founded in November 1997 under the guidance of the Arthritis Foundation. Mrs. Waldrop founded the support group one year after being diagnosed with fibromyalgia. The support group is now one of the Fibromyalgia Association of Michigan’s programs. The Fibromyalgia Association of Michigan, established in 2003, is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The mission of the Association is to improve the quality of life for people affected by fibromyalgia in Michigan by providing support, education and advocacy.

Media Contact: Sharon Waldrop, Director Fibromyalgia Association of Michigan, 248-885-4673, sharon.waldrop@mifibromyalgia.org

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