Heanne Hambleton lives in England and has found what so many other Fibromyalgia patients have experienced world wide–that it is difficult for friends, family, and neighbors to understand and appreciate the pain and suffering. It is sometimes difficult to comprehend how someone can look so normal, but be in constant pain.
In a recent post, Hambleton shares the story of a friend who invited 62 neighbors in her little village of Bedfordshire, UK, for a morning coffee. The purpose was two-fold. First, to share with them what Fibromyalgia is and how it has effected her life and that of her family. Second, to help raise funds for Fibromyalgia research. The morning coffee gathering occurred during England’s national Fibromyalgia week.
Hambleton describes the onset of Fibromyalgia pain as fibro-flair, which can be brought on by stress, a family upset, change in weather, or a lot of other things. She describes those who suffer from Fibromyalgia as Fibromites and feels that Governments should recognize Fibromyalgia as a disease and fund research into a condition with no known cure.
With an eye on World Fibromyalgia Day (May 12, 2008), Hambleton suggest that people start writing letters to their government leaders now and raise awareness of that special day.