New Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Digital Magazine Debuts

Karen Lee Richards Health Guide
  • Last week the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA) released the inaugural issue of Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE™, a bi-monthly digital magazine for, by and about fibromyalgia and related chronic pain communities.

    “As a nonprofit organization, the NFMCPA strives to support patients, families, and friends in their search to find useful information and methods for improving their condition and coping with the difficulties associated with fibromyalgia and overlapping illnesses,” said Jan Favero Chambers, the magazine's publisher and editor-in-chief as well as the president and founder of the NFMCPA. “Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE is a demonstration of our commitment to provide a collective resource to make our voices and stories heard, as well as a key vehicle for bringing new and important information to the fibromyalgia and chronic pain patient and medical communities.”

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    What You'll Find in the First Issue

    This first issue issue features cover model Chelsea Christian, who was diagnosed with FM in 2006 and is using her modeling to raise awareness of this illness. The cover story, “Wrapped in Pain: The Naked Truth About Fibromyalgia,” is written by her mother, Juli Tedeschi, who shares a painful and thoughtful consideration of what may have contributed to her daughter’s life with FM.

    Other features in the inaugural issue include:

    • Health: Could potatoes be affecting your FM symptoms?
    • How to prepare for your SSDI hearing
    • Ask the Expert: Back to school with fibro fog
    • Research: New study links fibro fog with balance deficit

    Free Digital Access for First Year

    Access to the first six digital issues of Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE is free to registered subscribers of the NFMCPA electronic newsletter. Subscribers will also receive a discount to the print-on-demand version of the magazine.

    To subscribe to their newsletter and magazine, visit the NFMCPA Website and click on the picture of the magazine.  Fill out the brief registration form, then check your e-mail for a link to confirm your subscription.  As soon as you confirm your subscription, you'll have access to the magazine. 

    Note:  Just in case you're wondering whether this magazine has any relationship to the discontinued Fibromyalgia AWARE magazine formerly published by the National Fibromyalgia Association, it doesn't.  Both the press release and Chambers' personal greeting to readers make it clear that, “Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE is independently owned and published by the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, and has no connection to any other publications or organizations.”

    My Thoughts...

    My first impression of this new magazine is a positive one.  The articles are interesting and informative and the full-color layout is appealing and easy to read.  It's everything you would expect to find in a glossy print magazine only in digital form.

    Now here is where I'm going to show my age.  When I read a book or a magazine, I still prefer to hold it in my hands and flip through the pages manually.  Don't get me wrong . . . I'm a huge fan of technology.  I love having a book on my iPhone that I can read when I get stuck in the doctor's waiting room.  And the Internet has made researching articles so much easier than I ever would have dreamed possible a few years ago.  But when it comes to magazines, I just like curling up on my sofa and flipping through the pages. 

  • Having said that, there is one big advantage to having this magazine in digital format –– price.  I know from experience that the cost of printing a full-color glossy magazine is extremely high.  In today's economy, that's not something that can be overlooked.  So I'm just grateful to have this information available . . . even if I can't hold it in my hands. 

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    If you subscribe to Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE, here are a couple of tips that may make your reading a little easier and more enjoyable:

    • Spend a little time checking out the options on the toolbar to the left of the magazine.  Play around with different settings to find those that make it easiest for you to navigate through the magazine.  There's even an option that allows you to make notes.
    • If you want to skip to a different page in the magazine without having to flip through 10 or 20 pages, go to the little white box at the bottom of the screen where it tells you what page you're on.  Replace the pages you're on with the page you want to go to, then hit return.  It will take you straight to the page you're looking for.

Published On: September 06, 2011