What we're about

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.

Upcoming events (4)

Let's plan for a potenial meeting soon
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To all members, Hello everyone,
I have had many requests to arrange for a meeting. I would like to do so but It is not easy to get everyone together. I would like to ask each and everyone of you who is interested to attend to suggest a potential meeting date and time. We can always either meet at my office or wherever is more comfortable to you. I would also like to ask everyone to email me directly your cell number so i could contact you. It will not work if there is no team effort. Let' make this happen. Last time we had five people signed in and 2 people showed up which was still a productive meeting. I am thinking 2 weeks from now on Saturday[masked] should be a good day.
what do you think.
many thanks

Reminder for Sat 11-17-12 meeting at 10 30
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Hello everyone, Thank you for all your emails, I have many RSVPs for next Sat. Pls confirm your attendence one more time via my direct email at [masked] or CONFIRM your RSVP once again at this site, It is very difficult to communicate one to one if there is no phone number or other email addresses.
I would appreciate your cooperation on this matter.
The meeting will be an hour or longer depends on how many members
actually show up. We will serve light refreshements too.
looking forward to hear from all of you once again, i hope you understand why I am requesting for your second RSVP,
many thanks,

Sat 22, 2013 meeting at 11:30
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Hello Cathy and Ryan,
Thanks for your RSVP. Please confirm your attendance one more time for
tomorrow morning, it has been times that I had many RSVP's but no one had showed up. Thank you.... I really appreciate if you arrive on time.
The entrance door is locked so I will be at the door exactly at 11 30 to let you in. If you have change your mind, please write me back tonight to let me know. I hope we get more RSVP by tonight. You may call me at the office number[masked] to announce your arrival.
Looking forward,

next meeting will be announced this coming week
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Thanks to Cathy and Ryan, we had such a great and productive meeting on Saturday. we decided to meet twice a week. Cathy will come up with the date
soon, right? see you all soon

Past events (89)

Alleviating Fibromyalgia Pain Naturally

Hastings Branch Library

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