May 12th

Dear purple butterflies,

Every May 12th, I look forward to showing my support for Fibromyalgia. Participants worldwide on this day will be raising awareness for this chronic and disguised condition by hosting multiple events. Fibromyalgia Awareness Day has been around since 1998. It all came to be when Lynne Matallana and Karen Lee Richards (the founders of the National Fibromyalgia Association), sent packets of information to national support groups inquiring help to approach U.S political leaders for this invisible illness. Lynne was finally able to get The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to recognize May 12th as Fibromyalgia Awareness Day! Not long after, roughly twenty-five other jurisdictions across the country followed suit. What's so cool about this story is that this year, National Fibromyalgia Day just celebrated its twenty-second anniversary! Click here for the History of Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, or here if you're curious and would like to know more about FMS!

What will you be doing to help raise Fibromyalgia Awareness this year? I'm currently working on a project for my contribution. Although I cannot say what my plan is, May 12th is just right around the corner. Here are some other suggestions that I found from World Fibromyalgia Awareness Day May12: Spread the word. Earlier in the year, I purchased a Fibromyalgia Awareness bracelet. Not only did I fall in love with it, but I have wanted to donate to the cause. There are so many intriguing websites based on Fibromyalgia Awareness. It would take a lifetime to read all of them! I was sure there would be something for those who wanted to participate, but they can't leave the house voluntarily. That is when Welcome To Together Walks on caught my attention! Regrettably, I didn't find this website early. However, there is always next year and ample time for me to prepare for it!

Hopefully my blog has given you some inspiration for May 12th. Remember this butterflies, you don't have to scream to be heard, and even the smallest star can be seen from across the universe. I'll leave you this week with this beautiful quote:

"You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it." – Maya Angelou.

I pray that everyone is staying well and engaging in social distancing! Till next week my butterflies!


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