Zoe Anderson, a college student, shares with us her struggle with fibromyalgia and why she will run the Scottish 10K for her mum and for FMA UK. Zoe: ‘’I was diagnosed earlier this year after experiencing the symptoms for 4 years. Fibromyalgia is a horrible illness I have watched my mum suffer from for many years. There is no cure for fibro, just some treatments, which do not always help.
I’m running the 10K not just for me, but for my mum and to raise funds for a good cause. This is a big challenge for me but one I’m excited about.’’
To support Zoe visit her JustGiving page:
Katie Love will run the South Coast Challenge 100K as her auntie lives with fibromyalgia. This is a second part of Katie’s blog, where she tells us about the preparation to the run: ‘’The 2 month countdown to the South Coast Challenge 60 miler and slight panic !
With only 2 months and a couple of days to go till the big day, I had a slight panic that I may need to start training. Due to a lot of worries of being in too much pain, over training and loosing confidence , I mentally closed the door on doing any mileage over 10 miles as I wanted to "preserve" myself for the big day, so instead I stuck to the gym and cycling. Unfortunately although this may help with fitness it will not put mileage in the old pins ( my face was a picture at that moment and not a happy one) so I had to start and so I did with doing 15 miles across the downs last weekend with my running club RunWednesdays. During the run I felt ok, not strong, but ok. It was to be expected as it was the furthest I have been in a very long time.
Anna Baines and her partner James Sanderson have completed the Great Manchester 10K Run for FMA UK in memory of Anna’s aunt Dawn. They have also organised a fund day, packed with family activities, FMA UK and butterflies branded cupcakes, stalls and surprises, which raised £420. Anna and James are also raising funds to support FMA UK work on JustGiving, you can donate by visiting
It will be a health television series for BBC1 that will follow a GP, as he immerses himself in the lives of British families. The families they are looking for need one or more members to be suffering with a long term health issue, and chronic pain is one of many complex long term conditions they are interested in.
The average GP appointment in the UK is only 8-10 minutes, so the aim is to see what affect our doctor can have on the health of a family with a more personal, tailored and one on one approach during a series of health visits done in the comfort of their very own home.
The Fibro Guy Graded Exercise DVD sales are going well, and is receiving good reviews. Our admin Hazel has been trying out the DVD as well, and has this to say : The exercise programme is well laid out, with a warm up section, exercise section then finish off with cool down. I already exercise on a regular basis, so I was able to work through the warm up and level 1 exercise plan without too many problems. But if you are just starting out, you can work at your own pace and slowly increase. And if you can't do the full time for each exercise, you can do less and rest for longer in between. The DVD is a great way to increase your fitness and mobility at home.
Thank you to Angela Walker of MyPain Fibro for passing on details of this interesting evening.
Dr Frances Cole: introduces the concept of pain self-management past, present and future. She is a retired GP and author of ‘Overcoming Chronic Pain’. Baroness Hilary Armstrong: will chair this event. She is a former Labour MP for North West Durham, Chief Whip, and Non-Executive Director of County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust.
Calman Centre, Durham University, City Campus Lower Mountjoy, DH1 3LE
Wednesday 22nd June 2016
Please register your place for catering purposes (free entry)
(Tea/Coffee will be available from 6pm in the Calman Café)
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