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Fibromyalgia Awareness Day: Wear purple to show support

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Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is on May 12, and several organizations have requested that people wear purple to show their support. The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) has revealed that this year’s theme is your voice matters. Multiple Awareness Day Events are being held across the country.


The National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association shares that the theme for this year’s Awareness Day is connected to making the disease more visible. In addition to supporting patients who have fibromyalgia, the organization hopes to increase knowledge about the disorder by educating the public. There are multiple Awareness Day Events that welcome participants, and they include local fundraisers, auctions, walks and other events.

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Purple is the official awareness color for fibromyalgia, so everyone is being encouraged to wear purple on May 12. Raising awareness is an important aspect of fighting this disease. A study from researchers in the Netherlands found that the lack of understanding associated with fibromyalgia is an issue for patients and noted that they often suffer from a “lack of acceptance and stigmatization.” They face negativity from their family, friends, coworkers and doctors. The lack of support is combined with a lack of belief that they are sick. Patients also report resentment and anger from the people around them because fibromyalgia can prevent them from doing daily tasks such as vacuuming or cooking.

Fibromyalgia patients frequently report that outsiders have difficulty understanding their condition. The disorder includes multiples symptoms including fatigue, chronic pain, insomnia, muscle spasms, brain fog and other issues. However, outsiders cannot see the pain on the surface, so they discount the disease and the patient. The goal of Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is to make others understand that the condition is real and affects millions of people around the world.

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I have fibromyalgia ,for 20 yrs now and it absolutely effects all parts of my life. I'm a strong woman though and will not let it win. I share awareness as muxh as i can bc people don't know about it. I'm always told how "good" i look, "you don't look sick". I find this to be a depressing aspext. Our own bodies are our unseen enemy...we are all alone in the relentless and endless fight. I pray for understanding and awareness of such chronic illness.