We love the idea of better awareness with art. What do you think? Do you have a piece of art to donate for awareness day 2017? Email us at nfa@fmaware.org. (Link to full article in first comment)
With Easter/Spring Break around the corner, it may be time to start planning for travel, guests, menus and celebrations. The Experts at the CPC have created a fun guide to Enjoy the Holidays with Chronic pain. (Link to full article in the first comment)
Thanks to our community and the Mighty who have put together 20 photos of what fibromyalgia really looks like. (Link to full article in first comment)
"In patients with fibromyalgia, the central nervous system is inflamed, as is the rest of the body, according to a study that found a large range of increased inflammatory factors in the blood and spinal fluid of fibromyalgia patients."

Fibromyalgia Study Analyzes Inflammation's Role in Pain

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Love this personal perspective to healing. Click to CPC's Facebook page to get to the link to the full article.
Fascia: A Hidden Piece of the Puzzle of Fibromyalgia Pain: You may have heard from your doctor or a TV ad that fibromyalgia is caused by over-activity of pain sensing nerves. It’s true, this is one important source of fibromyalgia pain, but there are other even more important triggers of pain that must be addressed in order to get significant pain reduction. And unfortunately your doctor may...
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"Every time I’m planning a trip away from home or a holiday, it terrifies me, especially if I’m traveling alone, because, put simply, I don’t trust my body."

The Anxiety of Leaving My House as a Person With Chronic Illness

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In the Washington Area this weekend, why not bowl in costume at Kenmore Lanes?

Last Nerve: Costume Bowling for Fibromyalgia

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Come to a Charity Bowling Event to Raise Money for Fibromyalgia Reserach. Costume Contest: Dress as your favorite TV, Movie, Book, or Video Game Character. Cost: $10 inlcudes bowling, shoes, and 1 ticket. Or pay $20 for 5 ticket toward raffle of X-Box 1. RSVP at THANE.MITTELSTAEDT@OUTLOOK.COM, 509-389-7503

Last Nerve: Costume Bowling for Fibromyalgia

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20th Anniversary of FM Awareness Day is May 12th!

Spring NFA Newsletter

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Its not too late to join The World TeleSummit. Learn more here. (Link in first comment)
The Healing FM-ME-CFS World Telesummit Starts Today!

Spring NFA Newsletter

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We have partnered with the mighty to attempt to show the world what it looks like to have fibromyalgia. Please share your photo along with a description of what you see and do not see. Your responses may be used on a post on the mighty.
"if you tell a person who is ill with a chronic illness (or multiple) to “get well soon,” it’s like our noses are being rubbed in it. As a chronically ill person with joint hypermobility syndrome, hypothyroidism, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, anxiety, depression and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), being told to “get well soon” is a heart-breaking reminder that I will never, ever get...
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Why 'Get Well Soon' Can Be Hurtful to Hear

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Fibromyalgia's relentless presence can make working difficult and at times impossible. That is why we now have a disability partner to help answer questions about how to get disability, when to apply, how to maximize your benefit and more. Learn more here.

Fibromyalgia & Disability Resources - National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA)

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"Out of embarrassment, I closed my eyes pretending to be asleep, not wanting to see all the eyes looking at me. My friend, standing next to me, patted my shoulder gently and said, “You can’t give up your seat. You’re OK.” I was so thankful for these words and for my friend on that metro ride. It was as if she was giving me permission for my actions. She was acknowledging that what I was doing...
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I May Look Healthy, But I Can't Give You My Seat

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"The number one lesson I learned from this class: anyone can advocate as long as you have a voice (vocal, written, sign, etc.), a clear message, and a passion to be heard. "

Working with Community Leaders - National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA)

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"Vitamin D helps maintain muscle strength, while reducing inflammation. This combination led researchers to conduct a randomized controlled trial in which they discovered vitamin D supplementation significantly reduced musculoskeletal pain. Furthermore, several randomized controlled trials have concluded that vitamin D is an effective antidepressant."

New Research - Pain Relief from Vitamin D - National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA)

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"You Don’t LOOK Sick!" The words you cringe to hear on the cover of a book that brings to light the four challenging, but navigable, phases of the chronic illness experience from the patient and provider perspective: getting sick, being sick, grief, and acceptance and living well. Watch our interview with the authors here. (link in first comment)