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Jemma James walked up Pen Y Fan in Wales on Saturday 8th August for FMA UK, raising £215 for the charity. We'd like… https://t.co/l3PcgmydUV

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Highlights from FMA UK’s section of August’s FaMily magazine

Each month articles included in the Fibromyalgia Association section of the FaMily Magazine will be previewed on this site. If you liked the look of what you see you can decide to purchase a year's subscription.

In the Spotlight with Jean Crossley

Jean has made a monumental contribution to FMA UK ever since she first made contact in 1996. Married to Gerry, a FMA UK trustee, she works in partnership with him to serve the fibromyalgia community within the region of Yorkshire and Humberside. In May she received the Volunteer Award in recognition of her unceasing service over the years. Here I catch up with her to learn about her own experiences with fibromyalgia and to discover what has inspired this remarkably humble woman to give so much to those around her. 

My Journey to Better Health with Guaifenesin by Auriol Luckhurst

It appears to me, after reading about other people’s experiences and through my own, that fibromyalgia syndrome can affect sufferers from two aspects: one is where pain is the dominant feature and the other is where the accompanying symptoms of fibromyalgia are more troublesome. My story will be told from the second perspective. 

20 years Celebrations of the Netherlands Fibromyalgia Association

The NH Konningshoff in Veldhoven used to be a monastery which has been converted into the most wonderful conference centre and hotel. Only two storeys high, the bedrooms overlook the beautiful gardens and centre squares where people can sit and relax. During the day, yoga classes are held in the one nearest the sports centre. Although there are hundreds of people in the hotel, it still retains a quiet and tranquil atmosphere. 

Question and Answers from the Group Leaders’ Meeting

Whose idea was it to have regional conferences?The original idea was suggested by a regional coordinator. The trustees decided that more people might be able to attend if smaller conferences closer to home were arranged. This would mean less expense for them and less hassle with travel and accommodation. Of course the situation will be monitored for future events. 

Yorkshire & Humberside Fibromyalgia Conference Saturday September 30th 2006.

A consortium of local support groups in Yorkshire and Humberside is organising a conference on fibromyalgia at the new conference centre in Hull. The one-day event will be held at the Octagon Centre, Walker Street, Hull on Saturday 30th September, 2006, and will run from 10.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The conference is aimed at sufferers and their carers, although medical professionals who want to broaden their knowledge of the condition will also find it useful. Speakers already committed include medical professionals, benefits advisors and representatives of the national Fibromyalgia Association UK. 

Coffee Mornings for World Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

Sussex and Surrey Fibromyalgia Support Group by Stella BernardiDespite being arranged at rather short notice our coffee morning, held on the 12th of May at the Millennium Hall, Roffey, was a great success. About sixty people attended, not only to drink coffee but to learn more about fibromyalgia and how it can be treated.  Nene Valley Support GroupWe invited other local groups of long term illnesses to join us and network together, as similar problems are shared regarding day-to-day living with illness.  

Pam Stewart's Mt Kilimanjaro Sixtieth Birthday Challenge

Now you know I really am mad! Let me tell you briefly about this trek.For the last few birthdays my elder son, Jim, has not known what to get me for a present. When he asked me in desperation what I would like from him, I asked for his company up a mountain. This started a tradition and we have trekked up several peaks including Snowdon, Scafell and Ben Nevis.

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