12th April 2017

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Calling all knitters!

Afternoon gang! We’re appealing for knitted or crocheted 18inch blankets to donate to Newcastle hospitals for premature babies. This is a cause very close to our hearts and we would be so appreciative and grateful to anyone who is able to make a blanket. We will be collecting them at the next meeting (19th February, 12:30-2:30pm at The Oxford Centre, Longbenton, NE12 8LT). Thank you all for the support shown for this cause already, we’ve
At our December meeting we welcomed along a group of ladies from Gateshead who all live with Fibromyalgia and had got together through a charity called Moving Forward. They are setting up their own support group now at meet at the Civic Centre in Gateshead once a fortnight. Moving Forward told us that we would be able to access their services too, so I thought I would tell you all a little bit more about
Hiya gang, I found these on Twitter and thought that some members might find them useful, particularly when in a public space or using public transport etc. N&C Phlexicare are giving away FREE invisible disabilities heart shaped badges to raise awareness for invisible illnesses and to ensure that people who suffer from an invisible disability feel confident in using the facilities that are available to them, without feeling as though they are being judged by
Hi everyone! Just wanted to update you all that the film Unrest is now available on Netflix. I’ve written about Unrest before, and we went along to see it at the Tyneside Cinema not too long ago. Unrest is a documentary about Jennifer Brea and other people across the world who all live with ME. Obviously ME is different to Fibromyalgia, but I think there’s a lot in this film that we can all relate

Free yoga session – 13-01-18

Hi gang, I’ve been contacted by a yoga teacher named Alison (good name eh!) who has advised me she also has Fibromyalgia. She’s running a free taster session tomorrow (13th Jan) 10am – 12pm. Alison says: the beauty of Iyengar Yoga is its use of props to help people with difficulties achieve the poses safely and with precision. The free session is a general taster but I run a fogey yoga class that focuses especially
Hi everyone! Some of our members have organised to meet up next Wednesday the 17th of January from 11:30am onwards at the Job Bullman on Gosforth High Street. The address of the pub is St Nicholas Ave, Newcastle upon Tyne NE3 1AA. Everyone is welcome and you’re welcome to bring someone along with you for support. There is parking directly behind the Job Bullman and also in the Sainsbury’s car park opposite too. If you’re
Hi everyone! Just a quick reminder that there will be no meeting held this month (January) to give us all a chance to recover after a busy festive period. The first meet up of 2018 will be on the 19th of February, 12:30 – 2:30pm at The Oxford Centre, Longbenton, NE12 8LT. New members come along for free and all returning members pay £2 on the door, remember you’re welcome to bring someone with you

Resources page updates

You may or may not have noticed some changes to the website recently but we’ve been updating our information and design (many thanks again to FMAUK trustee Simon Stones for all his help!) I’m in the process of updating the Resources page to include helpful information and links to useful websites. Some things on there so far include sleep and chronic pain, sex and chronic pain, pregnancy and Fibromyalgia, Mindfulness, Benefits help and more. I
Happy New Year! Sending all of our members wishes for a wonderful 2018! I hope you’re all able to take some time to reflect on 2017, the good, the bad, and everything in between! You’ve made it through 100% of your bad days, and I’m so proud of you all. Whatever you are doing tonight, remember you are loved, you are valid, and you are worthy. This can be a really hard time of year

Christmas Day Twitter chat

On Christmas Day at 6pm Natasha Lipman (@natashalipman on Twitter) will be hosting a Twitter chat for people living with chronic illnesses who may be finding the holidays hard to get through. I wanted to let you all know in case you wanted to join in. All you need to do is use the hashtag #spooniechristmaspjparty and you’ll be able to connect with lots of people across twitter who understand how much Christmas takes out

The Christmas Meal

On Thursday the 21st of December some of our members met at The Newton Park Pub on Benton Road for the annual Christmas meal. It was a lovely get together, and a great way for members who might not have had a Christmas party to be able to experience a relaxed Christmas get together with people who understand the pain and effort it took to get there. A very Merry Christmas from everyone on the

Chronic illness Christmas prep!

Living with a chronic illness (or multiple chronic illnesses as is common with Fibromyalgia!) it’s hard to cope with extra stress and commitments added in to your daily routine. So whilst Christmas is a wonderful time of year, it can be hard to cope with. I’ve said before that living with chronic illnesses has a lot of admin involved, so for me it’s a lot of planning and lists and at Christmas time that doesn’t
It’s Chrissstttmmmmaaaassss!   Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year from all of us at Newcastle Fibromyalgia Support Group! Whilst Christmas is a wonderful time of year, it can also be extremely hard and isolating, especially when living with multiple chronic illnesses. Please remember to go easy on yourselves, rest in between family/friends gatherings and know that if you need to sneak off for a nap no one will mind.
Hello everyone! Christmas is a great time to reflect on everything that’s happened over the past year, so I’d like to take some time to show my gratitude to you all! I really wanted to start with taking a moment to thank the group founder Angela Campbell. Without her starting the group up 9 years ago, we wouldn’t have this life line in Newcastle, bridging the gap in care and support for people living with this

Our Christmas Party 18-12-17

Ho, Ho, Hola gang! We had our Christmas Party yesterday, and so many of you turned up to wish one another a Merry Christmas and spend some time with your Fibro family! It really was such a lovely couple of hours and I feel so lucky to know so many wonderful people!! We welcomed along some members who have recently set up a support group in Gateshead, they meet at the Gateshead Civic Centre, once