Charlotte Chambers is doing her final year dissertation on Fibromyalgia and Exercise. She is looking for participants to take part in a research study on experiences of physical activity.
What is the purpose of the study?
Physical activity is often recommended to people with fibromyalgia as part of their self-management. This study seeks to explore the physical activity experiences of individuals with fibromyalgia in the management of their condition.
6 What will happen to me if I take part?
Should you decide to take part in the study, you will be involved in a single session interview either in person or via skype lasting for no longer than one hour with as many breaks as required by you.
The interview will consist of open ended questions regarding your experiences of physical activity. It will be recorded using an audio taping device, to aid in the analysis of the data after the interview. If it is possible to conduct the interview in person an appropriate time and location will be arranged, such as a university private room or private library conference room. The location will be agreed prior to the interview between us. If skype is more appropriate a date and time will be agreed prior to interview.
Please make sure you read the attached Information Sheet fully before getting in touch with Charlotte to participate.
Matt Roberts has embarked on Vodafone Big Bold Challenge to raise funds for FMA UK because his Mum lives with fibromyalgia. The challenge took place in Manchester earlier this month and it consisted of 5K run and climbing 500 steps.Matt has raised £202, which will be doubled by Vodafone.
Matt told us why this was an important challenge for him: ‘’Anybody who knows me, knows that I hate running...with a passion. So, when the opportunity to do something for a charity came along, I wanted to do something for a charity that is close to my heart and an event that I know I will hate to do’’.
We would like to say thank you to Matt and congratulate him on successfully embarking on this challenge!
To donate to Matt’s Justgiving page visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Matt-Roberts9
A marathon presents the greatest running challenge both physically and mentally however the incredible sense of achievement felt after completing can leave a tingle up one’s spine! If you cannot run a marathon (and trust us, we cannot either) maybe it is something your family, friends and colleagues always dreamt of? Now they have the opportunity to fulfil their dreams and to support FMA UK work, too!
From the historic setting of Stirling to the bustling streets of Birmingham, The Great Run series will produce marathons with iconic courses that are sure to inspire.
The Great Runs marathons will be in Scotland, Birmingham, Manchester, Portsmouth... find out more here:
‘’The Future in Your Hands’’ campaign asks you to share your story for the World Arthritis Day, which is on the 12 October 2016. The international common understanding of ‘’arthritis’’ is ‘musculoskeletal’’ and it encompasses over 200 musculoskeletal conditions, including fibromyalgia. To share your story, what living with fibromyalgia is like and how you manage your condition, to inspire others use the hashtag #WADStory
People with fibromyalgia and other musculoskeletal conditions are taking actions every day to live their lives to the fullest. Join the campaign and help inspire and educate others around the world. To take part, share your story alongside a photo or an Instagram video that includes your hands.
To upload your story go to: http://www.worldarthritisday.org/our-campaign
To find out more about the World Arthritis Day, events that are taking place and to find out more resources go to : http://www.worldarthritisday.org/
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Health Unlocked is FMA UK online Community Forum, where people can get support and information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Volunteer Admins support provides a welcoming environment for people affected by fibromyalgia. Volunteer Admins enable us to provide a better, more responsive service.
This role can be based anywhere in the UK, from home, and undertaken when it is convenient to the volunteer. No fixed time commitment is needed, however we will ask you to login and respond to tasks regularly.
Andrea shares with us her inspirational journey from getting diagnosed with fibromyalgia to conquering the symptoms and living life to the full: ‘’We need more positivity surrounding this condition. I've found that there is lots of negativity and I found it hard to find sources that will help me to cope in a positive way.
I've come so far from being stuck in the bed and only being able to go to work to now working full time again and going regularly to the gym. I walk to and from work, I can even play with my dog again and I now I even do a bit of modelling as a 1940-50s model.
It will be at least next year that I will be ready for the tough mudder and my personal trainer will actually be joining me. He has done a tough mudder before and is very willing to help raise money and awareness with me. I encouraged in total 5 people who will be running with me. Even my dad has agreed to do it and one of the wonderful ladies I work with has also agreed to just trying to rope my twin sister into running it. The tough mudder will take place in May 2017 in the Midlands, but here is lots of preparation I need to do from now on!
When the fatigue sets in when I am in the gym people are very surprised. Then I explain I have a chronic pain condition and people look shocked how well am able to cope. My colleagues I work with say it is so amazing how I cope with my fibro as I also look after my mum who has fibro and other conditions as well and has had to retire when she was only 50.
Fibro is an awful condition and it’s life changing but I believe that it cannot control our lives; we just have to get into the zone and find what works for us.
I'm trying to live life to the fullest again. It's a slow process but I fight fibro everyday and I kick its butt with every workout.
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