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FMA UK reports on Health & Safety event for North West Highways, held on 17 October in Manchester

Our volunteer, Linda Horncastle, attended the event on FMA UK behalf and raised awareness about fibromyalgia. Here Linda tells us about the event: ‘’I really appreciated the help from Val Derbyshire and her team from the Salford FM Support Group.

We had a productive day talking to about 50 people who came to our table and 15 who attended the workshop of ‘FM and employment’. We set up our table in a large room with 14 other organisations. Highways UK loaned us 2 flip charts that I displayed FM work related posters, I had also prepared an A4 book of my PowerPoint slides which helped with conversations. We gave out a lot of FMA UK leaflets. Val also bought along her group’s fabric banner that helped our table be more visible. A number of contacts expressed keenness to attend the Salford FM Support group.

I presented a PowerPoint display on ‘FM and employment’ in a separate room. There was a lively discussion after my 30 minute presentation as 2 employees had FM and another employee had a friend with FM. It made an interesting point that I got more sympathy that my arm was in a sling on the day, because of tendinitis, than I’ve had with coping with 27 years of ‘invisible’ fibromyalgia’’.


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