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Welcome to “Alternative Treatments to Traditional Medicine for Chronic Illnesses with Pain and Fatigue” support group in Tampa, FL.

Meet with local people to discuss, share, and learn about alternative treatments to traditional medicine for those who live with Fibromyalgia/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (FM/CFS) as well as similar chronic illnesses with pain and fatigue such as arthritis, nerve pain, MS, Lyme’s disease, etc. This group has been set up to be a "closed group" to create an atmosphere of security, trust, and comfort. Your spouse or significant other is always welcome to join you at our meetings if you wish.

Our meetings are held at USF in the Medical Faculty Office Building the first and third Sunday of the month. The months that have five Sundays we create a social event. They are a lot of fun and family and friends are welcome. We may celebrate birthdays or a holiday during that month.

We strive to have a specific discussion topic for each meeting. Your input is required to have meetings with a context. Recommending speakers who come to specifically to "sell" something are discouraged. We are looking for knowledge-based speakers primarily.

What to expect for your first meeting? You will be greeted and given a name tag sticker. You may find a seat around the grand conference room table or chose to mingle with the others during our 30 minute social time at the beginning of each meeting, from 1:30 to 2:00 P.M.. You are welcome to bring a drink or food if you would like to.

The support group membership is high (approx. 80), but the meeting turn-outs are much smaller. Typically 10 or less members attend most meetings. We are hoping for consistent turn-out of 12 members so that our guest speakers have an appropriate audience. We understand how difficult it can be to get up and out of the house some days. But, if you are looking for a place that supports feeling better, gaining knowledge, and making new friends then there is a high probability you will be happy you came. Please try out at least one meeting to see if you gain more benefits from attending than if you had chosen to stay home and rest in bed. You may be surprised!

Thank you for joining and I hope you will find our group a place to call home. I look forward to meeting you at the next meeting.

Sincerely,

Michael E. Miller, Sr. (Co-Organizer)

Nedra Rich, (Co-Organizer)

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