May 12 is International Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. Millions of people worldwide will be holding events, and participating in other ways to help raise awareness for this invisible and insidious disease. There is something that each of us in the U.S. can do. I would encourage you to call your representatives in Congress, and ask them to sponsor a bill that will generate more awareness and financial support to help find a cure.
What are some other ways you can help to raise awareness during the month of May? I’ll talk about a few, but I’d also really like to hear your ideas. Find one or more ways you are comfortable with, and perhaps one that takes you outside of your comfort zone.
1. Share your story: You can write it out and email it to those you want to help understand what your life is like because of fibromyalgia. Share the symptoms and the struggles. Post a condensed version on social media, letting people know your goal is to raise awareness.
2. Think purple: If you have an outside light, change the bulb to a purple one. Wear a purple fibromyalgia shirt, bracelet, hat, etc., not to draw attention to yourself, but to spark a conversation about what FM is.
3. Create a Facebook page: You can post articles, graphics, links to your favorite FM groups or blogs, anything you can think of to help raise awareness. Post the link to your page on all your social media accounts.
4. Join some national organizations such as:
– National Fibromyalgia Association
– National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association
– Fibromyalgia Action UK
– Monthly newsletter sign up from Emerge AU
5. Join a live or virtual Together Walk: You can start a local fundraising event through a virtual walk. Check out their page, it’s very impressive.
6. Make posters with info about FM and put them up in local store windows and libraries or bookstores. Be sure to get permission.
7. Have a yard sale or garage sale (perhaps involve your neighbors for a streetwide one) to raise money and awareness. Let people know where you will be donating the money you raise. Perhaps order some brochures to hand out.
These are just a few ways you help to raise fibromyalgia awareness this month, particularly on May 12. What ideas would you like to share?
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