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March FaMily Magazine

This month we focus on what people have been up to around the UK for fibromyalgia. Read about the successful launch of the Kettering fibromyalgia support group, the amazing marathon runner, Stephen Roach, who is hooked on marathons as a way of raising money for FMA UK and the crazy things that groups got up to over the Christmas period!

We also take a look a new government scheme called Caring with Confidence, which provides support to carers by offering them a free knowledge and skills based programme which can be accessed online, through self-study workbooks or via face-to-face group sessions.

With best wishes,
Kathy Longley (FMA UK Editor)

A Sad Farewell to Sue Tait and Maragret Robson
Sue Tait, Regional Co-ordinator for Berkshire, Bucking-hamshire, Hampshire, Oxfordshire and the Isle of Wight, has resigned for personal reasons. FMA UK would like to say how sorry we are to lose such a dedicated, proactive and helpful volunteer but we fully understand Sue's reasons....

Celebrating Christmas in Style!
Christmas Lunch in Norfolk:

The Norfolk Fibromyalgia Support Group had a lovely lunch at Bawburgh Golf Club. A great deal of talking, laughing and of course eating took place, which ended with hugs...

Christmas in South Gloucestershire by Lynne Cullen

We always have a secret Santa, and this year everyone excelled themselves with their beautiful innovative wrapping inspired by the gift wrapping workshop the previous month. Next came the games and this year we had a couple of really silly quizzes...

Launch of the Kettering FM Support Group
The launch of the Kettering fibromyalgia support group in January was a huge success. The group now has 33 members signed up and has raised £90.53 towards their group funds. Chairman Neil Bradley-Dye said, "I would like...

Football Funds for Wrexham FM Group
Hazel Millington, chair of the Wrexham FM support group, and Sue Strafford-Binks, Northwest regional co-ordinator, were presented with a cheque for £1666.67...

Stephen Roach runs and runs…..
Stephen Roach is a seasoned runner who has taken part in 73 marathons. His wife, Olive, has fibromyalgia and is in constant pain needing to use a wheelchair to cope. So Steve decided to use his talents to raise awareness and money for fibromyalgia....

The European Network of Fibromyalgia Associations (ENFA)
The European Medicines Agency (EMEA) is to have a consultation with a delegation from the European Network of Fibromyalgia Associations (ENFA) in an attempt to understand the need for medical treatments for fibromyalgia in Europe. Following an invitation by the EMEA, the European Network of Fibromyalgia Associations (ENFA) has agreed to attend a consultation meeting with EMEA, where ENFA representatives will share their knowledge and experiences related to the disease of Fibromyalgia...

Meet Irene Logan the New RC for Scotland
Hello my name is Irene Logan and I have recently become the new regional co-ordinator for Scotland. I am divorced with one son called Graeme and a lovely grandson Rhys who is nine years old and keeps me going. I have been with Fibromyalgia Friends Scotland in one position or another since their first open meeting in 1995. I was talked into volunteering that night and said I would help out for a few weeks...

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The Mussel Power of Pernaton by Kathy Longley
Did you know that mussels, as well as being decidedly yummy when cooked in white wine and cream, contain a substance called glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) which can help soothe your own muscles and ligaments? GAGs are a naturally occurring substance made up of carbohydrates and proteins and are vital components of our connective tissues, ligaments, skin and joint cartilage. They act as excellent lubricators and shock absorbers so that joints remain lubricated and skin stays elastic and firm. If GAGs are in short supply,...

Help Available for Carers
Caring with Confidence, is a free knowledge and skills based programme for carers in England aged 18 and over to improve their health and wellbeing and that of the person they care for....

Fibromyalgia No Longer an "Invisible" Disease by Drucilla Dyess
Until now, fibromyalgia has been labelled the "invisible syndrome" as it could not be diagnosed through lab tests or X-rays. But a group of French researchers have recently detected abnormalities in the brains of those suffering from the condition....

Ask the Doctor
For 2009 we have updated and added to our popular "Ask the Doctor" telephone service. Several fibromyalgia topics are particularly popular and we have asked Dr Allinson to put his answers to these questions on tape….

Christine’s Cookbook
‘An apple a day keeps the doctor away’ is an old adage that applies just as much today as it always did. Apples are among the most health-giving foods as they contain a host of nutritious properties, including phosphorous, potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium and iron. All these are also found in PURE APPLE CIDER VINEGAR, which has numerous positive effects…

Feel Lighter - Release the Weight by Life Coach Pam Wright
With society’s obsession for the body beautiful, regular readers may be forgiven for thinking that this month I might be discussing healthy eating and exercise. Actually no, the title refers to the many different types of every day life events that can cause even those who are very fit and stick-thin, to feel totally heavy and weighted down….

Chocolate's Potential Health Benefits by Patti Schmidt
Researchers have some news for chocolate lovers: it may be good for you. Scientists reported preliminary evidence recently that cocoa and other chocolates may keep high blood pressure down, your blood flowing and your heart healthy….

Brain Abnormalities among Fibromyalgia Patients
Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) has previously been described as a musculoskeletal or even a psychological disorder, however there is increasing evidence that FMS is a neurological disorder. Brain imaging studies have revealed alterations in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), which include abnormal processing of sensory and pain signals….

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