The term Extended Family emerged and FMFSG
became a “safety zone”, where people enjoy being accepted
as they are unconditionally. It was a joy for all to be believed
(the disease is real!), accepted and understood! We were an escape
for many who lacked family, friends’ and physicians’
support in their battle against FM.
The group became a lifeline to education, references
and resources. Through classes, materials, books, tapes and personal
contacts, anyone wanting to improve had every opportunity. Besides
education and encouragement, our function was (and still is) to
provide self-help information that can help anyone improve considerably.
Mainstream medical information, complete with a sample treatment
plan, gives members a place to begin and improvement depends greatly
on their OWN efforts. Everyone is offered the power to take control
and change her/his life!
that each person is different and has other ailments besides FMS.
Our approach is to promote a healthy lifestyle that will improve
all areas of their functioning. They learn the effect that FM
has on other