20th Anniversary of National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is May 12

20th Anniversary of National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is May 12
National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is Saturday, May 12, and to help the fibromyalgia community celebrate its 20th anniversary, the National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) is sharing a short description of the origins and history of the organization. Among the ways one can choose to celebrate the 20th National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, one is distinctly informative — sharing the history of the organization. The story goes like this: In 1998 Lynne Matallana and Karen Lee Richards founded the NFA. From the start, these two advocates aimed to get as many cities, counties and states as possible to proclaim May 12 as Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. Mantallana and Richards mailed more than 100 proclamation packets to people and support groups nationwide with suggestions for how to talk to political leaders about the importance of raising awareness for fibromyalgia, which was a largely unknown disease at that time. Eventually, the Los Angeles County (California) Board of Supervisors proclaimed May 12 as Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. This was a milestone because the county includes 88 cities. About 25 additional jurisdictions in the U.S. followed th
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