Sacramento Organizer

fm-pathways-logoFibromyalgia Pathways led by Terry McSweeney was created to help those with fibromyalgia find health, hope, and happiness. This can be done in 2 ways, through 1-1 coaching by phone from the comfort of your own home/and or by joining our support group, which meets on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at the Sunlight of the Spirit Book & Gift Shop at 2314 J St., Sacramento, CA. 95816. It is also our goal to bring fibromyalgia awareness to Sacramento and its surrounding areas by leading the Sacramento Together Walk, to be held on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Sacramento Capitol Building on the south steps at N & 11th Streets.

Chicago Together Walk

DATE:  Saturday, May 12, 2018
TIME: 8:00 AM Registration Begins; 10:00 AM Opening Ceremonies
LOCATION:  Hickory Creek Forest Preserve
ADDRESS:    10537 W. LaPorte Road, Mokena, IL  60448

Chicagoland Allies Against Pain, in collaboration with the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association, is delighted to host a Together Walk.  Come and meet others!  Please invite your family, friends, colleagues, elected officials, and healthcare providers to a health and fun event to raise awareness and research funding for fibromyalgia.

Join us for musical entertainment while medical experts will be on hand providing a short program of educational motivational talks.  We’re thrilled to have Mary Biancalana, Dr. Melissa Geraghty , & Dr. Renee Hartz presenting at the Chicago Together Walk.


8:00 AM-10:00 AM:

  • Bidding for the silent auction.  The winners will be announced during the closing ceremonies.
  • Chicago Trigger Point Pain Relief will have medical experts on hand providing a short program of educational and motivational talks.  Participants will also find empowering support resources offering self-treatment education.
  • Chiro One will be on site providing wellness checks for all who would like to participate.
  • Free water & Capri Sun Juice, bananas, apples, granola bars, Nutri-grain bars & Special K breakfast bars will be available for all participants.
  • We have over $1100 in raffle and silent auction items up for grabs.  Raffle tickets are $1 ea or 13 for $10.  Items will be raffled off at any time throughout the walk, so be sure to purchase your tickets early!  Each walker will receive a free raffle ticket when they check in.

10:35 AM: Pre-walk stretch & warm up with Mary Biancalana.

12:30 PM: Closing Ceremonies

  • Awards given and silent auction winners announced.  You MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN!



Bring lawn chair.  There will be limited picnic table seating for the opening ceremonies.  There will be motivational & inspirational speakers that will last approx. 30 min.

The path is paved and wheelchair accessible with a ramp from the parking lot.

Four-legged friends are invited, too! But please bring something to pick up after them.

We’d love to have you participate and can’t wait to walk with you, and  enjoy the entertainment and spend the morning with new friends!

A speci14_109_CCMPR_logos-01al thanks to the Chicago Center for Myofascial Pain Relief for providing hands-on pain relief trigger point therapy and for the fun and
easy pre and post walk session; “Move and Stretch; Pain Relief for Those With Fibromyalgia and or Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS).”

A special thankChiroOne_Logo_RGBs to Chiro One Wellness Centers for offering free medical checks at the Chicago Together Walk!

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A special thanks to Mediflow for donating a waterbase pillow to our silent auction.



Want to help out? We love our volunteers!  Please go to follow these easy steps to learn more and sign up.  Thanks!

1) Click this link to see our online signup:
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Interested in advertising, sponsorship, or exhibitor opportunities? Contact the Chicago team at or 815-514-0046.

Click here to learn more about the Chicagoland Allies Against Pain.

Join the Together Walks on Facebook!

Meeting new friends and making fibromyalgia visible – May 12 Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

Join us on Facebook!

1. Follow and like the Together Walks at

2. Follow and like the NFMCPA at

3. Join the Facebook event for your Together Walk to stay updated and connect with other walkers.

Join the Richmond Together Walk
Join the Louisville Together Walk
Join the Coral Springs Together Walk
Join the Central Florida Together Walk
Join the Nashville Together Walk
Join the Virtual Together Walk

4. Click HERE to download a Together Walk profile picture and tag your friends you want to invite! Use #IWalkForFibro and #TogetherWalks so we can see your posts!

Nashville Organizer

A big THANK YOU to the Fibro Friends of Tennessee networked by Donna Marsh, an NFMCPA Leader Against Pain.

Want to help out? We love our volunteers!  Please follow these easy steps to learn more and sign up.  Thanks!

1) Click this link to see our Sign-up on VolunteerSpot:
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It’s Easy – you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Interested in advertising, sponsorship, or exhibitor opportunities? Contact the Nashville team at

The Fibro Friends of Tennessee is a coalition of dedicated volunteers working to provide education, support and resources to people in Tennessee. We understand pain personally and believe by increasing awareness and support about fibromyalgia and chronic pain, we can change lives for the better.  We provide free monthly support meetings in Nashville and invite everyone to attend. Learn more on our Facebook page or contact us at nashville.fibro.friends@gmail.

The Fibro Friends of Tennessee is forming support groups in Tennessee.   Contact Donna at nashville.fibro.friends@gmail for opportunities to get involved now!

National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association Launches Together Walks

Meeting new friends and making fibromyalgia visible – May 12 Fibromyalgia Awareness Day

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – On February 22, President Barack Obama formally recognized pain patients’ experiences and opposed legislation imposing limits on opioid prescribing. [Available here]  “Pain is real,” Obama said.

“One hundred million American adults live with the disease of chronic pain, and many of them rely on a combination of therapies to function,” said Jan Chambers, president of the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA). “That combination treatment often includes strong pain medications.”

“Rather than viewing pain as simply a symptom of trauma, infection, inflammation, or surgery, we now see it as a discrete disease entity – one that fundamentally alters the entire nervous system,” report  Stanford University researchers.  To increase scientific research funding for multidisciplinary treatments for pain and to raise awareness of the challenges people with chronic pain face, the NFMCPA is sponsoring Together Walks in May across the United States. These local events celebrate May 12 Fibromyalgia Awareness Day to recognize what patients have overcome, to remember those lost to the illness, and to honor people who have fought or are fighting fibromyalgia and chronic pain.

“If we go to the doctors right now and say ‘Don’t overprescribe’ without providing some mechanisms for people in these communities to deal with the pain that they have or the issues that they have, then we’re not going to solve the problem,” said Obama.

Together Walks are a step toward a solution for chronic pain. The events unite communities to make a difference, raise awareness, advocate for better access to care, and encourage and fund research that leads to better treatments. An estimated 10 million Americans, 2 to 4 percent of population, have FM – a common illness involving long-term, body-wide pain, fatigue, sleep disturbances, memory problems and impaired functionality – as a primary diagnosis.

Together Walks are for individuals living with chronic pain and their friends, family and caregivers to make fibromylgia visible.  All walks and NFMCPA leadership are volunteers and doing this because they want to help and give back to the community.  The NFMCPA  invites all to participate in the Virtual Together Walk or live in Richmond, Virginia; Kissimmee and Coral Springs, Florida; Portland, Washington; and Louisville, Kentucky.  For more information, please visit or register at

About the National Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Association (NFMCPA)

NFMCPA, a not-for-profit organization, supports individuals living with fibromyalgia and other chronic pain illnesses by raising awareness through community outreach, education, advocacy and networking.

Learn more:,,

What is fibromyalgia?

Who is affected?

This invisible, life-altering condition causes 2-4% of women, men and children of all backgrounds worldwide to suffer.  (That’s 10 million Americans alone.)  The disorder can strike suddenly or occur as a gradual increase in symptoms, indicating changes in the central nervous system (neuroplasticity).  Sensory information (such as light, sound, and touch) becomes amplified by the central nervous system, causing the brain to respond with increasing pain and symptoms.  FM severity often increases over time and may become disabling.

FM takes its toll on once healthy individuals, especially between ages 20-60.  Escalating stress and fear of what might lie ahead if symptoms worsen can contribute to anxiety and depression.  There are no cures for fibromyalgia; however, as with any illness, some symptoms can be controlled with carefully improved lifestyle changes.

FM is a physical disorder, not a psychological condition. The most common constellation of FM symptoms (widespread chronic muscle pain, sleeplessness, relentless fatigue, cognitive dysfunction, and a host of other overlapping conditions like TMJD, IBS, migraine, interstitial cystitis, metabolic syndrome, endometriosis, and vulvodynia) can wax and wane over time.

For more information, click here go to and for survey results of symptoms other than pain, click here.