The National Fibromyalgia Association (NFA) is honoring doctors who recognize people in pain. The NFA was in the Atlanta, Georgia area this summer to conduct a seminar on fibromyalgia. It was a great success with over 20 people in attendance. It was such a success that the NFA decided to come back to the Atlanta, Georgia area once again.
Fibromyalgia, FM, began as something that once was thought to be made up in one’s head. There are no blood tests for diagnosis and it isn’t labeled as a disease like lupus. It was not an uncommon word to be heard but not too many people quite understood the meaning of it. That was over 20 years ago.
Today, it is a very common word and it never fails that I meet at least one person a week that has been diagnosed or knows someone who has been diagnosed. I was riding a roller coaster ride in 2003 when I received whiplash, my life was never the same since that day. It started off with extreme migraines on a daily basis and then it worked itself up to where I could barely walk or get out of bed because of the pain that I felt in my body. Eventually the pain would subside, come and go whenever it pleased and I learned how to live my life coping with it.
Lynne Matalllana learned how to cope and take one day at a time as well. However, she took it a step further. She knew that she wasn’t the only person who was learning how to live with the symptoms of Fibromyalgia, but there were no organizations out there to help people like her. She also noticed that there were no pamphlets or information to be given to patients once their physicians diagnosed them, this concerned Lynne. She decided that something had to be done and in 1997 she created the National Fibromyalgia Association which is a non-profit organization located in California. They have reached out across the States with advocacy and helping groups form, in addition helping the word about Fibromyalgia Awareness get out, recognizing May 12 as the National FM Awareness day.
On November 10, 2010 Lynne and the NFA will be hosting a Fibromyalgia Awareness Gala recognizing pain specialist from across the Nation. Tickets for the event can be purchased by contacting the National Office listed below. Come out for a night on the town, downtown Atlanta, Georgia.
Lynne Matallana, President
2121 S. Towne Centre Place, Suite 300
Anaheim, CA 92806
Phone: (714) 921-0150
Fax: (714) 921-6920