Fibromyalgia Awareness Day falls on May 12th of every year and every year after the fact, I hear a collective groan. That groan signifies way more than a fibro flare due to being in full-on productive mode. That groan gives voice to the frustration that some in our Fibromyalgia family feel in regards to the actual day. For them, May 12th marks the passing of another year in which the same questions remain unanswered while we continue to suffer the pains of a condition that many people refuse to even acknowledge. The rage and sadness stemming from such a lack of respect prove immense.
I understand that rage and sadness. It needs to be expressed before it renders you unable to cope in a productive way. Go ahead and let it out in a massive groan, or even a scream if your setting permits: 1, 2, 3. There.
Fibromyalgia is a condition that we wouldn’t wish on our worst enemies, but which we wish our loved ones could experience for just an hour so they know we aren’t making it all up. We’re tired of having to sigh and scream.
It’s not all in our heads. Enough is enough.
Still, I DO ABSOLUTELY feel that Fibromyalgia Awareness Day serves our Fibromyalgia community in powerful ways that help us when the medical community and our loved ones let us down.
Fibromyalgia Awareness Day matters.
Fibromyalgia Awareness Day Helps Fibro Sites
Each day on the FibroDaily Facebook page and on the FibroDaily Twitter feed, more and more people like and follow us. The numbers have never dropped; the numbers have never stopped increasing at any significant rate for any prolonged amount of time.
I believe that Fibromyalgia Awareness Day increases our support because the events reveals information about where to go for online help and more. It makes people aware not only of May 12th but the continued effort of the Fibro community that occurs on the other 364 days of the year.
Because Fibromyalgia Awareness Day bolsters our numbers and informs the public that the Fibro community continues to mobilize, more information is shared with people who know nothing about Fibromyalgia. We can reach them before their minds are sullied by deniers. The National Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association organizes a great Fibromyalgia Awareness Day theme for each year so the day always seem fresh which proves vital to the awareness effort.
Furthermore, the day provides our community with a focal point. When we promote Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, then we also demonstrate Fibro unification. That extends beyond May 12th to every day of the year. I think this shows the general public that we plan to stick together. We are serious and organized. It also gives us the support of other chronic communities as well as people who suffer from other diseases. It’s a win-win in terms of getting the word out there.
TV and More
Also, I believe that the mere fact that (here in the States at least) Fibromyalgia ads run on the television and in magazines means awareness is expanding. Common sense tells me that Fibromyalgia Awareness Day must play some role in that…or vice versa. Whichever it is or if it’s some combination of factors, more people know that Fibromyalgia actually exists, even if they don’t know what that existence involves.
Therefore, while there’s no need to stop collectively sighing, we do need to keep collectively informing. Therefore, please continue to share the posts you find here, as well as on the FibroDaily Facebook and the FibroDaily Twitter feed.
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