Wishing all our members a happy New Year!

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 Read more about Wishing all our members a happy New Year![…]

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 Read more about The Christmas Meal[…]

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 Read more about Chronic illness Christmas prep![…]

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!

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. Read more about Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year![…]

My Christmas attitude of gratitude!

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 Read more about My Christmas attitude of gratitude![…]

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 Read more about Our Christmas Party 18-12-17[…]

Fundraising for Parliament

Hiya gang! I’ve already posted on social media about the items I have for sale for help raise funds for my upcoming Parliament trip, but thought I’d pop them here too just in case there’s any members who don’t use social media but would like to purchase any of the items too. I’ve personally designed and had specially printed these tote bags, and there’s only a limited number of them. I’m selling them for only Read more about Fundraising for Parliament[…]

Christmassy craft session 11-12-17

Yesterday we had our last craft session of 2017! The weather outside was most certainly frightful, but we still had a lovely group turn up to take a few hours out of everyday life to do some Christmassy crafts and be around people also living with chronic illnesses. Christmas can be an extremely hard and exhausting time when you have a chronic illness, so this little break away from all the planning/shopping/wrapping was a lovely Read more about Christmassy craft session 11-12-17[…]

Houses of Parliament – Presentation to MP’s

On the 31st of January, the Chairperson of the Support Group Alison Morton (that’s me!) will be joining a team of people who all have Fibromyalgia from across the UK to present to MP’s that there is a very real need to get more funding into research to find out what causes Fibromyalgia, a need for more support for people living with Fibromyalgia, a need for more consistent education for all services that are there Read more about Houses of Parliament – Presentation to MP’s[…]

Fundraising Thank You!

I’d like to thank each and every one of our members for all their help and efforts to funraise for our support group over the past year! We’ve had an amazing year for fundraising and we wouldn’t have been able to do it without you! From donating gifts to our tombola stalls, to making handmade crafts to sell, to running the stalls themselves, to sharing about our events on social media, it all adds up! Read more about Fundraising Thank You![…]

Metrocentre fundraiser

On Sunday the 3rd of December some of our members (and their friends and family) ran a tombola stall on the charity barrow in the blue zone of the Metrocentre to raise money for the support group, and to also raise awareness of Fibromyalgia in the community. I’m so thankful to everyone who helped out in any way, be that through donations to our tombola, running the tombola itself, driving to and from the lock Read more about Metrocentre fundraiser[…]

Artists who create awareness for mental health illnesses and promote self care

Hi gang! I thought I would do a little post on artists who use their platform to discuss topics like mental health and self care. Self care is so, so important. It’s not selfish to put yourself first and concentrate on what your body and mind need from you. It’s also important to remember that self-care isn’t all bubble baths and chocolates (although it can be!), self-care can be things like opening bills/letters that are Read more about Artists who create awareness for mental health illnesses and promote self care[…]

Merry Calmness!

It’s officially December! December can be a magical time of year, a time of giving and receiving gifts, spending time with your loved ones, and getting cosy with fairy lights twinkling and the heating to combat those dark nights! But, December can also be an extremely stressful time of year when living with a chronic illness. The cold weather, multiple social commitments one after another and the stress of having to buy presents, decorate, and make Read more about Merry Calmness![…]

Chronic Illness Christmas List

Hi everyone! I recently asked our members on our Facebook page what would be on their Chronic Illness Christmas list. With December only a day away I thought it would be nice to see what people are asking for this Christmas to see if it might give people some ideas for stocking fillers! Well, well, well… aren’t we a cold bunch! Although, it doesn’t surprise me since we usually have trouble regulating our body’s temperature! Read more about Chronic Illness Christmas List[…]