National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is observed next on Sunday, May 12th, 2024 (157 days from today).
National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day on May 12th calls attention to fibromyalgia, which has plagued many people over the centuries.
Fibromyalgia is a fixed, difficult-to-manage, and largely unknown disease that affects many men and women worldwide. As a result, National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day helps inform those who may not yet understand the extent of its effects and what can be done for those who experience it.
It is a disease that is 7 times more likely to affect women than men, and although it most commonly affects people between the ages of 30 and 50, it can appear at any age, regardless of age. In particular, this attracts the attention of many people and it shows the fact that it can affect anyone at any time.
Fibromyalgia is a difficult disease to diagnose. There is no one specific test kit that can find and diagnose it, and the symptoms people experience are often attributed to other conditions before a definitive diagnosis can be made.
National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day is all about raising awareness about the disease and supporting further research to eventually find a cure. People who have had the disease are undisputed warriors, and the more people understand what fibromyalgia can and will do, the better our chances of discovering how to make their lives better.
History of National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day was originally commemorated in 1992 in honor of the birthday of Florence Nightingale, a British social reformer and founder of modern nursing. Nightingale was praised for her services during the Crimean War when she served as a trainer and manager for nurses in Constantinople. Years after her death, scholars, who had studied her extensively, suggested that she might have fibromyalgia. National Fibromyalgia Association was officially founded in 1998 by Lynne Matallana. Matallana has suffered with the disease for nearly 30 years, so her aim behind the organization is to raise awareness about the disease and help people cope with it.
Fibromyalgia is thought to affect many people around the world, regardless of age, sex, or other pre-existing conditions. However, according to some reports, women are 7 times more likely to get the disease than men. Symptoms include heightened heat/cold sensitivity, headaches, joint pain, depression, problems with memory and concentration, and more. They can last from a few minutes to hours, days, months, or even years. However, some patients may not suffer any symptoms. While there is still no permanent cure for fibromyalgia, people can still get relief with the right medications, therapies, and daily lifestyle changes?
Some reasons for National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day being loved
- It's a celebration of medicine
The 21st century is considered as a new century of medical advances leading to better and healthier lifestyles. These advances also lead to lower mortality rates. Fibromyalgia and the factors surrounding it still require quite a bit of research, but significant strides are being made in the field of diagnosis.
- It's a celebration of unity
Overall, it's been scientifically proven that patients tend to recover at a faster rate if they're surrounded by supportive people. We should stay together with fibromyalgia patients to help them feel better, at least in the short term.
- It's a celebration of hope
There are bound to be bad days but one can get through them because there will always be good days too. Hope provides the energy that everyone needs during tiring days. National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day brings new hope for better times in the future.
Some facts about Florence Nightingale
- Named after a city
Florence Nightingale's parents named each of their children after the city they were born in - thus, she was named after Florence in Italy, where she was born.
- Natural talent for sorting
Nightingale owns a natural talent at classifying and recording things from an early age, which made her become a successful statistician.
- Revolutionizing nursing
Florence Nightingale's keen scientific observations and insights not only help nurses provide better health care, but they also reduce overall mortality.
- Medal of the Royal Red Cross
Queen Victoria honored Nightingale with the Royal Red Cross and she was one of the first people ever to be awarded the medal.
- Lady with the Lamp
Florence Nightingale was nicknamed 'Lady with the Lamp' because she often roamed the night to check on patients in the hospital wards.
How to celebrate National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
The first thing to do before observing this day is to read about Fibromyalgia itself. This should, at the very least, give you a good introduction to all we currently know about the disease. You are not expected to know everything and don't worry, there won't be a test at the end to check if you have understood it completely or not. Just showing that you care enough about educating yourself will give you a better chance of joining the war to spread awareness.
Even with this disease, since it has no cure, there's a lot about this disease that we don't know yet - but also a lot that we do.
If you're unsure about anything regarding what to expect or look for with fibromyalgia, don't be afraid to ask the internet or even someone close to you who has more experience. In the fight against it, knowing how to spot fibromyalgia is the first step to defeating it and for this, consistent, careful, and deliberate research is essential for both sufferers and patients who do not have.
The more you learn, the more confident you can be in helping others learn, share your awareness, and dedicate your time to fighting fibromyalgia. With this, you can consider donating to charity and maybe join the fight to find more answers. There is also the option to join charity groups and, on the other side, receive donations from the philanthropic public. By learning more and more knowledge about Fibromyalgia, you can provide a lot of concise with full information to draw people to the cause.
If you want to contribute to charities that raise money and awareness for fighting this disease, why not join a local charity event - or even start your own. Just search online for local charities in your area and if you can't find one close enough for your convenience, you know what to do next!
Charity sporting events, cupcake sales, community gatherings - there's a lot you can do to support a cause and promote it widely. When it comes to supporting charity and spreading awareness about anything, there is no such thing as a small donation.
Whether it is a few cents earned from buying a cake or thousands of dollars earned from climbing mountains, running marathons, anything can attract public attention and attract more eyes on the impact of Fibromyalgia, would certainly be helpful.
If you know someone suffered with Fibromyalgia, or you simply want to contribute to improve the lives of people with the condition, be sure to participate in National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day.
ObservedNational Fibromyalgia Awareness Day has been observed annually on May 12th.
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