This is a group for peer support of those with fibromyalgia or chronic fatigue syndrome and their family members. Mike, the organizer, has been dealing with fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue for over ten years, and hopes he can be of service to other people with these conditions. People with chronic pain can find meaning and hope in life by turning their situation into a chance to help other people.
Mike feels that coping with chronic pain requires a combination of skills. Pain must be gently acknowledged and attended to with care. People can feel their load is lightened by sharing their difficult experience with others and having it simply accepted. That is one valuable function of this group. Also, people with chronic pain need to bring positive states of mind into their lives, like lovingkindness (a term from Buddhism) and compassion. These mind-states can be deliberately cultivated through practice. Mike also thinks that laughing is great medicine, and his favorite way to laugh is to find videos on you-tube of laughing babies. There is pure joy in the laugh of a baby.