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As Fibromyalgia Awareness Month comes to a close in May 2024, we want to take a moment to honor a historical step forward for the fibromyalgia community. A group of advocates successfully acquired 25 governor-state fibromyalgia proclamations and additional local mayor proclamations for fibromyalgia awareness.  We will be joining forces again to make a run at all states in 2025. If you are interested in being involved with fibromyalgia proclamations, be sure to send us a message. It would be nice to see a fibromyalgia rally all over the country next May. 

Thank you to states that DID get involved: Arizona, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin. 

Be sure to learn about Fibromyalgia Proclamations and how you can make an impact in your your local community. If you are interested in federal and state advocacy work, join the National Fibromyalgia Delegates Program

A governor’s proclamation is an official declaration issued by a state governor to recognize a specific period (like a day, week, or month) for a particular purpose or to highlight a cause. This proclamation raises awareness, commemorates an event, honors achievements, or celebrates milestones. It’s a formal tool that brings public attention to important issues or events within the state, often accompanied by official ceremonies or the endorsement of related activities.

Governor proclamations can be essential for fibromyalgia for several reasons:

  • Raising Awareness: Fibromyalgia is often misunderstood or not well-known among the general public. A governor’s proclamation helps raise awareness about the condition, its symptoms, and its impact on those suffering. This increased awareness can lead to greater empathy and support from the community.
  • Legitimizing the Condition: Fibromyalgia is sometimes dismissed or not taken seriously, even by healthcare providers. An official proclamation acknowledges the legitimacy of fibromyalgia as a severe and debilitating condition, helping to combat stigma and misconceptions.
  • Building Community Support: Recognizing fibromyalgia through a proclamation can help make a supportive community network, bringing together patients, healthcare providers, researchers, and advocates. This sense of community can provide much-needed support and solidarity for those affected by the condition.
  • Encouraging Research and Funding: By drawing attention to fibromyalgia, a proclamation can help stimulate research interest and attract funding for studies to understand the condition better and develop effective treatments.
  • Promoting Education: A proclamation can highlight the need for better education and training for healthcare providers and inform patients and their families about available resources and support.
  • Fostering Advocacy: An official recognition can empower advocacy groups and individuals to continue their work with renewed vigor. It can also attract new advocates and volunteers to the cause, bolstering efforts to improve the lives of those affected by fibromyalgia.
  • Influencing Policy: Proclamations can lead to policy changes that benefit people with fibromyalgia, such as improved access to healthcare, disability accommodations, and support services. They can also encourage the development of public health initiatives.
  • Driving Media Coverage: A governor’s proclamation can attract media attention, amplifying the message and reaching a wider audience.

 

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