Fibromyalgia Awareness Month

 

Saturday, May 6

Official Opening 1:30

Proclamation

Special Guests

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36th Anniversary of the

Fibromyalgia Society of Edmonton and Area

Dick’s “Hair Raising” Project for Funding for a

Fibromyalgia Society Office / Gathering Space

 

Presentations

May 6

2:00 pm “Another View: Through the Eyes  of Traditional Chinese Medicine”

                    Dr. Kirk Westby D. TCM

3:00 pm “Truth and Reconciliation: Our Stories”

                    Muriel Stanley Venne

4:00 pm “Coping With Losses and Changes in Our lives”

                    Chris Swaren and Fibromyalgia Society members

4:40 pm “Closing Ceremony”

               “The Cry of the Wounded Spirit”

               “Finding the Light of Hope”
 


Saturday, May 27
Official Opening 11:30 am

 Proclamation

Special Guests

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36th Anniversary of the

Fibromyalgia Society of Edmonton and Area

 

Dick’s “Hair Raising” Project for Funding for a

Fibromyalgia Society Office / Gathering Space

 

Presentations

12:30 pm “Caring for Our Environment – Caring for Ourselves”

                    Erin Wildeboer – Program Liaison for Strathcona County

                                                  Waste Division Program “Zero Waste”

1:30 pm “The Role of Pharmacists as Members of Our Medical Team”

                    Richard Hackman, Pharmacist

               “Community Resources: You Are Not Alone”

2:30 pm “Primary Care Network Strathcona County:

                   Pain Management and Other Programs”

As part of, or in between, the Presentations we will be highlighting other guests and organizations in Strathcona County and Edmonton who provide assistance, support and helpful information.

3:30 pm “Closing Ceremony: A Story to Tell”

                    “The Cry of the Wounded Spirit”

                    “When Our Lives Are Turned Upside Down and

                              We Discover Our New Beginnings”

                    “Moments of Joy and Peace”


May 12 is recognized around the world as “International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day” and the Mayor of Edmonton and the Mayor of Strathcona County will declare the whole month of May as Fibromyalgia Awareness Month. Last year Annie McKitrick MLA Sherwood Park brought before the Alberta Legislature recognition of May 12th as Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.

The Fibromyalgia Society of Edmonton and Area has been active for many years in raising awareness in different communities about the severity of Fibromyalgia, its impact on people’s lives and the remarkable contributions that people with Fibromyalgia continue to make to society in so many different ways. As part of our May Fibromyalgia Awareness Events we will be celebrating the 36th Anniversary of the founding of the Fibromyalgia Support Group/Society of Edmonton and Area and welcoming special guests and former members of the Support Group/Society to share in this special occasion.

 

Because of the experiences of so many people in our communities, we are continuing with our 2016 theme “When Our Lives are Turned Upside Down” and once again we will be focusing our events on May 6 and May 27, 2017 on responding to the many ways in which our lives can suddenly change and showcasing the many agencies, organizations and individuals who offer  support, information, awareness and advocacy in these times.


Topics we hope to address with special presentations include:

“The Ripple Effect of Living Daily with Fibromyalgia and other Chronic Illnesses”

“Coping with Losses and Changes in Our Lives”
 

 “The Role of Pharmacists as Members of Our Medical Team”


“Mental Health Issues: Removing the Stigmas, Finding New Hope”


“Caregiving Begins with Ourselves”


“Another View: Through the Eyes of Traditional Chinese Medicine”


Community Resources will include Strathcona County Family and Community Services, Women’s and Family Shelters, Homecare, Responding to Sexual Abuse and Violence, The many roles of Primary Care Networks, Police Services, Community Services, Caring for our Environment, “Community Talk”, Our First Nation Neighbours, Welcoming New  Neighbours, numerous health organizations, support groups and
community organizations, government agencies and many others.