May 12th International Awareness Day for Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome
Saturday, May 12th is International Awareness Day for fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, Gulf War syndrome and multiple chemical sensitivities. Although Awareness Day began in the United States, it is now recognized internationally.
The date of May 12 was chosen because it is Florence Nightingale’s birthday. Nightingale was an English army nurse during the Crimean War (1854 – 1856) and was a pioneer in what would be the International Red Cross Movement. She became ill while working on the front lines and never really recovered. Her symptoms of pain and fatigue closely resembled what we know today as fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. She was virtually bedridden for much of the rest of her life until her death in 1910.
Organizations and support groups across the country and around the world are sponsoring Awareness Day events and activities. Check out these Web sites to see what may be happening in your area:
- National Fibromyalgia Association
- NFA Awareness Day Events Around the Country
- CFIDS Association of America
- FM-CFS Canada
- Fibromyalgia Association UK
Published On: May 10, 2007