SUPPORT & EDUCATION GROUP
We are Here for You
Learn how to take control of your fibromyalgia at our positive and informational group. The group meets at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren. St. John Providence/Ascension has been an invaluable partner for over 20 years. Over 1500 people have attended our meetings and 30 people on average participate monthly. Physicians regularly refer their fibromyalgia patients to our group. Membership benefits include: learning the latest advances in fibromyalgia research, diagnosis and treatment; expert speakers at meetings; lending library to borrow fibromyalgia literature and resources; spending time with other members to learn coping tips and share support; Interpreters available for people who are deaf; optional group orientation available for newcomers.
Due to Covid, all meetings are now online until further notice. You need to register for each meeting to receive your personal login information. Contact us for registration information or become a member today!
St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital
Webber Cancer Center Classroom/Auditorium
11800 East 12 Mile Road (located at the corner of 12 Mile Road & Hoover)
Warren, MI 48093-3570
*The Webber Cancer Center is located on the southeast side of the main hospital building. Please park near the entrance marked "Webber Cancer Center," for the shortest walk. Once inside, take the elevator on the right to the basement. You will see our sign and meeting room.
Second Monday of every month unless noted
7-9 PM (Newcomers welcome at 6:30 for an orientation and questions)
$15 annual dues
First meeting is free. Friends and family members welcome.
Are you deaf or hearing impaired? American sign language interpreters are available for most meetings. Please contact us at least 5 days in advance to request interpreters.
BECOME A MEMBER
Educated patients have improved health outcomes. Becoming knowledgable about your diagnosis (or multiple diagnoses) can help you make more informed decisions. Having a chronic illness (or likely illnesses) is stressful. Becoming educated has been shown to reduce stress and perhaps even save you money.
We know it's not easy to add one more item to your calendar. We have fibromyalgia, so we get it. We work with you to keep you comfortable at our meetings. You can participate as much or as little as you would like. We bring in expert speakers, watch videos and have discussions. The content and style of meetings vary so we can meet the needs of all of our members. If you are looking for education and support in a positive environment, please join us. Your first meeting is free. Membership is $15 for the year. A family member can join with you for just an extra $5.00.
2020 MEETING DATES
January 13 - Holiday Dinner at The Masters. Registrations required. Please contact us to register.
February 10 - Join us for a group discussion.
March 9 - Cancelled due to illness.
April 13 - ISTA certified therapeutic sound practitioner Cristina Pavey returns. This fun and interactive experience is designed to teach you how you can reduce physical, mental, and emotional stress. Learn how sound therapy can help you balance and restore the autonomic nervous system. This system is your body's fight or flight system that is often stuck in the "on" position for people with fibromyalgia. It is important to learn tools to reset the system to "off."
May 11 - Michigan Fibromyalgia Awareness Day
June 8 - Group Discussion
July 13 - Cancelled
August 10 - The Gut/Brain/Fibromyalgia connection, and CBD for fibromyalgia.
September 14 - September is Chronic Pain Awareness Month - We will discuss better living with fibromyalgia, the relationship between fibromyalgia and other pain conditions, and news from PAINWeek 2020.
October 12 - Topic coming soon
November 9 - Celebrating 23 years with special guest Rae Gleason.
December 14 - Group discussion
January 11- Holiday Party Online
2019 MEETING DATES
January 14 - Holiday Dinner at The Masters. Registrations required. Please contact us to register.
February 11 - Join us for a group discussion and share with us what challenges you face finding treatment. We need your feedback on a comment we are preparing for a report that will have high-visibility and the potential
to impact the practice of pain management in this country.
March 11 - Group discussion, video presentation and news on an important federal report on pain that could help improve care and research for people with chronic pain.
April 8 - Certified Food For Life Instructor Kristina Karschnia will recommend how food choices can reduce health issues. She will demonstrate two quick simple recipes for you to incorporate in your everyday menu.
May 11 (Saturday) - Michigan Fibromyalgia Awareness Day Conference - Click here to learn more .
May 13 - No meeting due to the Michigan Fibromyalgia Awareness Day Conference.
June 10 -
1) An update from the Michigan Medical Cannabis Forum, a medical conference held by doctors on June 8 to educate doctors about the benefits of medical cannabis.
2) Thoughts from Awareness Day - So much terrific information was presented by Tami Stackelhouse. Now that you have had some time to digest the information, what would you like to discuss? What questions can we answer?
July 8 - NO Meeting for summer break. Do something special for you in place of the meeting.
August 12 - The science behind positivity, resilience, and better health. Steps you can take toward better health.
September is Chronic Pain Awareness Month.
September 9 - The benefits of Myofascial Release Therapy featuring therapists from Beaumont's Rehabilitation Services.
October 14 - FAM President Sharon Waldrop will provide an overview of news and resources from PAINweek, the nation's largest conference for pain held September 3-7 in Las Vegas.
November 11 - MEETING CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER. Stay safe and warm!
December 9 - The Fibromyalgia Association of Michigan is celebrating 22 years of service! Join us for a special meeting featuring ISTA certified therapeutic sound practitioner Cristina Pavey. This fun, informational, and interactive experience is designed to teach you how you can reduce physical, mental, and emotional stress. Learn how sound therapy can help you balance and restore the autonomic nervous system. This system is your body's fight or flight system that is often stuck in the "on" position for people with fibromyalgia. It is important to learn tools to reset the system to "off."
January 13, 2020 - Holiday Dinner - details soon.
2020 dates coming soon. Pretty much you can set aside the second Monday of the month from 7-9 PM. We hope to see you soon!
2018 MEETING DATES
January 8 - Holiday Dinner at Julianos. Registrations required. Please contact us to register.
February 12 - What your specialist needs to know - Sharon Waldrop
March 12 - How to get a better night of sleep. Featured speaker: Dr. Roehrs, Director of Research at the Sleep Disorders and Research Center at Henry Ford.
April 14 - (10:30 AM - 12:30 PM) Coffee & Conversation - Managing fibromyalgia symptoms
May 14 (6:30 PM - 9 PM) - 17th Fibromyalgia Awareness Day featuring Daniel Clauw, MD
June 11 - Chronic Pain and Your Brain, Managing Pain and More!
July - No meeting for summer break. Do something special just for you.
August 13 - The benefits of Tai Chi for Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain with Deb Grace from the Taoist Tai Chi Society. Wear comfy clothes if you would like to participate in a demonstration.
September 17 (NOTE the September 10 meeting is moved to this date) - The 411 from PAINweek. September is Chronic Pain Awareness Month.
October 8 - Details soon
November 12 - Celebrating 21 years.
December 10 - Details soon
Check back with us for updates. Meetings and topics subject to change and updates.
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