The first decision made was to avoid meeting places
with a depressing, sad or “sick” atmosphere. We chose
restaurants and other pleasant public places to make meetings
a more uplifting event. A chance to “dress” and go
somewhere enjoyable each month was our intention—shifting
away from an atmosphere of illness.
At that time, some doctors and patients feared
that support groups would be depressing places filled with venting
and complaining. Our goal was to provide a friendly, social environment
that was interesting and fun! We wanted a pleasant place that
offered a blueprint for self-help, education, personal growth,
inspiration, laughter and true friends who cared about each other.
And it happened immediately!
Every Decision was based on sincere sharing,
caring and love for our fellow FMS people and they knew it! Personal
contact was a priority. Each person had the opportunity to speak,
be heard, acknowledged and validated.