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       Florida Senate - 2010                             (NP)    SR 800
       
       
       
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       1-00680-10                                             2010800__
    1                          Senate Resolution                        
    2         A resolution recognizing May 12, 2010, as
    3         “Fibromyalgia Awareness Day” in Florida.
    4  
    5         WHEREAS, an estimated 10 million people in the United
    6  States and millions of people worldwide have been diagnosed with
    7  fibromyalgia, a disease for which there is no known cause or
    8  cure, and
    9         WHEREAS, it often takes an average of 5 years to receive a
   10  diagnosis of fibromyalgia, and medical professionals frequently
   11  are inadequately educated on the diagnosis and treatment of
   12  fibromyalgia, and
   13         WHEREAS, fibromyalgia is a chronic pain disorder that is
   14  becoming an increasingly common diagnosis and taking a toll
   15  emotionally, financially, and socially on patients, their
   16  family, friends, coworkers, and communities, and
   17         WHEREAS, fibromyalgia is life-altering, preventing patients
   18  from contributing to society at the level they once did because
   19  of myriad symptoms that can come and go unpredictably and vary
   20  in severity, and
   21         WHEREAS, the chronically ill place a larger burden on the
   22  health care and insurance systems and employers due to the costs
   23  associated with treatment, medications, and sometimes
   24  hospitalizations associated with the disorder, and
   25         WHEREAS, society as a whole is also affected when patients
   26  are physically unable to work and must depend on government
   27  assistance to survive, and
   28         WHEREAS, increased awareness and expanded knowledge of the
   29  realities of life with fibromyalgia will allow the community at
   30  large to better support patients and their families, friends,
   31  coworkers, and employers who struggle with the challenges of
   32  this chronic-pain disorder, and
   33         WHEREAS, the National Fibromyalgia Association is a
   34  nonprofit charitable organization and the publisher of
   35  Fibromyalgia AWARE, the first and only consumer magazine on
   36  fibromyalgia, and
   37         WHEREAS, the National Fibromyalgia Association and Fibro
   38  Chronic Babes of Jacksonville and other groups around the
   39  country have joined together to promote fibromyalgia awareness
   40  and support, including improved education, diagnosis, research,
   41  and treatment, and
   42         WHEREAS, the National Fibromyalgia Association is urging
   43  fibromyalgia patients and their supporters, health care
   44  providers, and the public to join its efforts on or around May
   45  12, 2010, to walk for a solution in their community or
   46  participate in an effort to bring awareness to the far-reaching
   47  effects of fibromyalgia, NOW, THEREFORE,
   48  
   49  Be It Resolved by the Senate of the State of Florida:
   50  
   51         That May 12, 2010, is recognized as “Fibromyalgia Awareness
   52  Day” in Florida, and the Senate urges all Floridians to support
   53  the search for a cure and assist individuals and families in
   54  dealing with this disorder.

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