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Request a proclamation from your local officials declaring May 12, 2006

Proclamation for National Fibromyalgia Association –

National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day 2006



It shall be proclaimed:



WHEREAS an estimated 10 million people in the United States—6 to 8 percent of the population of our country and millions of people worldwide—have been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, a disease for which there is no known cause or cure; and



WHEREAS Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness—increasing at epidemic rates—which causes fatigue and debilitating pain in women, men, and children of all ages and races; and



WHEREAS patients with this illness often have to learn to live with widespread pain throughout their bodies; extreme fatigue; sleep disorders; stiffness and weakness; migraine headaches; numbness and tingling; impairment of memory and concentration; and



WHEREAS it often takes an average of five years to receive a diagnosis of Fibromyalgia, and medical professionals frequently are inadequately educated on the diagnosis and treatment of Fibromyalgia; and



WHEREAS it is necessary that we recognize the existing medical research demonstrating biochemical abnormalities in people with Fibromyalgia, and



WHEREAS Fibromyalgia in children and young adults presents unique challenges for this population who suffer not only from the symptoms of this illness, but also from the lack of understanding and social acceptance; and



WHEREAS people with Fibromyalgia face discrimination from employers, friends, family, and the judicial system while dealing with the ongoing stress of living with an unpredictable disease and an uncertain future; and



WHEREAS employers could support their employees with Fibromyalgia by making adaptations to the work environment, so that people with Fibromyalgia could continue to function at work and not be forced to file for disability; and



WHEREAS the National Fibromyalgia Association is a nonprofit charitable organization, and publisher of Fibromyalgia AWARE, the first and only consumer magazine for Fibromyalgia; and



WHEREAS the National Fibromyalgia Association and [Name of Your Support Group] and other groups around our country have joined together to promote Fibromyalgia awareness and support—including improved education, diagnosis, research and treatment; and



WHEREAS understanding this illness will help guarantee hope for a better future for people with Fibromyalgia;



NOW , THEREFORE, I, ______________________, do hereby recognize the needs of these chronically ill people and proclaim May 12, 2006 as “Fibromyalgia Awareness Day” in the State of ________, and urge all of our citizens to support the search for a cure and assist those individuals and families who deal with this devastating disease on a daily basis.



SOURCE: FMAWARE.ORG

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