Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

5/12/2014

WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians is important to the happiness, prosperity and well-being of our Commonwealth’s families and communities; and

 WHEREAS, fibromyalgia inflicts chronic widespread body pain on millions of women, men, and children of all backgrounds, including ten million people in the United States; and 

WHEREAS, in addition to chronic widespread pain, fibromyalgia includes moderate to severe fatigue, sleep disorders, problems with cognitive functioning, irritable bowel syndrome, headaches and migraines, anxiety and depression, and environmental sensitivities; and 

WHEREAS, it is important to broaden and improve the research and education of fibromyalgia as there is no known cause or cure for the disorder, and it often takes an average of five years for a patient to be diagnosed; and 

WHEREAS, increased awareness and expanded knowledge of fibromyalgia will allow our Commonwealth to better support citizens struggling with the challenges of this chronic pain disorder; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 12, 2014, as FIBROMYALGIA AWARENESS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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