It's almost May 12 -- the National Awareness Day for Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Our wonderful advocacy groups have organized events around the country, but millions of us can't be a part of them due to illness, geography or both. But that doesn't mean you can't do something today to raise awareness!
If you're on Twitter or Facebook, you can raise awareness very simply -- make lots of posts on Thursday. You can also re-tweet, share or copy and paste the posts I'll be making, or those from other people working to get the word out. You can email articles to people in your life who could use a better understanding of our illnesses. Here are some recommendations for you:
- A Simple Explanation of Fibromyalgia
- A Simple Explanation of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- When Someone You Know Has Fibromyalgia or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Fibromyalgia Fact Sheet
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Fact Sheet
Additionally, you can print articles and hand them out, or post them in public places.
I know many of us run into people who don't believe in our illnesses and can be downright cruel about it, and I certainly don't want you to put yourself in that kind of position, but think of how much easier it will be when fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome are better understood and accepted by the public. At least 7 million of us are diagnosed and many more are living without a diagnosis. If each of us helps 2 people gain a better understanding each year on May 12, before long we'll wipe out the ignorance that causes so many problems for us.
How do you raise awareness, on May 12 or any other day? Leave your comments below!
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