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Remember Fibromyalgia Awareness Week runs from Saturday 6th - Sunday 14th September. What can you do to raise awareness of the condition?
Spike McConnell, who's mother and sister both have fibro is holding an all-day BBQ/DJ Party on the 21st September 2014. "PHΔZE," & "LOCKED," have teamed up to host an all day party down at The Command House, Chatham with an after party taking place in the club underneath, Mojo.
The event is being held to raise money for the Macmillan Cancer Support & FMA UK (The Fibromyalgia Association) All money raised on the day will be split straight down the middle and given to these charities.
It's completely free to gain entry to the event! The day time event is for all ages, children are welcome. However, the evening party in the Club it is an over 18's party, so ID will be required on the door.
We will be whizzing round throughout the day collecting donations! So please, if you see our money buckets, do not hesitate however big or small your donation is! Every little helps...
Please note there will be no Benefits Helpline on Friday 19/09/14.
Patients sharing their experiences of their local NHS services - good or bad - are essential and really valuable in helping to improve the NHS. We know this because health services tell us how they have improved services as a direct result of feedback from their patient.
So FMA UK has teamed up with the online patient experience website Patient Opinion to give you the chance to share your own stories and suggestions on how your local services could be made better for fibromyalgia patients. If you’re a patient, carer, family member or friend, we’d like to hear from you. Whether you feel there could be vital improvements at your local hospital or you want to say thank you to the staff that treated you, this is your opportunity to share your thoughts with the people that can make a difference to how your local services are delivered.
You can tell your story on the website by filling in this online form below. If you've experienced health care recently, either as a patient yourself or as a carer or friend of someone else, please tell us how it was. What was good? What could have been better?
Earlier this year, Richard Burnham took part in this year’s Virgin London Marathon. He wanted to make a difference with his fundraising and chose to raise money for a cause close to home, Fibromyalgia, a condition which affects his older sister.
Being brought up as part of a very close family he has watched his once very sporty sister, who was once a county gymnast for Suffolk and Essex and long distance runner herself, struggle through her teenage years with the physical and mental effects of fibromyalgia and has seen the effect it has had on her everyday life and is beginning to see how it may affect her future. Inspired by her positive attitude and her determination to not let her body and mind succumb to the Fibromyalgia she currently works full time, volunteers at her local police station and has recently obtained a distance learning diploma in Criminology. Inspired by her positive attitude and her ‘can do’ approach he wanted to raise money for the awareness of Fibromyalgia so that others may be able to find some positives in this gruelling condition as she has which may in turn help them to achieve something which they thought may never be possible.
Ben McGrail meets Fiona and Sam from Burnham-on-Sea's fibromyalgia support group to discuss how the condition affects their lives. You can listen to it here.
Dr Raj Lal Sharma MD
Specialist in Hypnosis & Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy
Dr Raj Lal Sharma qualified in medicine from Charles University, Prague in 2003. After practising medicine, he pursued his main interests in Integrative and Complementary Medicine, with a focus on Hypnosis and Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.
He was awarded an MSc in Hypnosis from the Psychology Department, University College London, and whilst training at the Royal London Hospital for Integrated Medicine (RLHIM), he founded the first and only Medical and Clinical Hypnosis service within the National Health Service in 2007.