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Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

WHEREAS, an estimated 6,000,000 people in the United States, 3-6% of the people in the City of Lumberton, and millions of people world wide have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia (FM), a disease for which there is no cure and no known cause;

WHEREAS, fibromyalgia is a chronic illness, increasing at epidemic rates, which causes fatigue and debilitating pain of a magnitude worse than rheumatoid arthritis in women, men and children of all races and all ages;

WHEREAS, patients of this illness have to learn to live with widespread pain in muscles, joints and ligaments, extreme fatigue, insomnia, stiffness and weakness, migraine headaches, restless legs, numbness and tingling, impairment of memory and concentration;

WHEREAS, it often takes an average of five years for a person with FM to receive a diagnosis, because medical professionals aren't adequately educated and updated on FM and the newest research findings concerning this disease;

WHEREAS, it is necessary that we recognize and accept the medical research which has proven biochemical abnormalities in people with FM;

WHEREAS, juvenile FM presents unique challenges for and causes our children to suffer not only with the symptoms of this illness, but also with the ridicule;

WHEREAS, people with FM face discrimination from employers, friends and even family, and must deal with the ongoing stress of living with an unpredictable disease with uncertain futures;

WHEREAS, if employers would support their employees with FM by making changes to the work environment, persons with FM could continue to function at work and not have to file for disability;

WHEREAS, the National Fibromyalgia Awareness Campaign and FM support groups around our county, have joined together to promote FM awareness, support for people with FM and advocate the need for improved education and research to insure quicker diagnosis and improve treatments; and

WHEREAS, in-depth understanding of this illness will help to insure hope for a better future for people with FM;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Raymond B Pennington, Mayor of the City of Lumberton, North Carolina, do hereby proclaim May 12, 2000, as


in the City of Lumberton, North Carolina, and, on behalf of the City Council of the City of Lumberton, urge all citizens to support those seeking a cure and to assist those individuals and families who deal with this devastating disease on a daily basis.

Raymond S. Pennington
Mayor City of Lumberton, North Carolina

Sharon Hunt, Deputy City Clerk

If you'd like to see the actual Proclamation, Click Here (118k)

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