Dear NFA Friends:
Can you imagine my shock when I got a phone call from one of the NFA’s longtime supporters and a dear friend of mine who said, “I just heard that the NFA no longer exists! I am so upset and saddened!”
It was almost more than I could handle. I could feel my stomach flip and tears weld up in my eyes. My response was something like, “How could you ever believe the rumors that I would walk away from the NFA, when I have worked so hard and believed so strongly in the need to help people with FM?” There was silence on the other end of the phone for a few seconds, and then she replied, “I knew it couldn’t be true. I am so relieved.”
Rumors and misinformation can be very damaging and hard to overcome. I know because every day for the past eight years I have continued to serve the FM Community, along with the volunteers and Board Members of the NFA. We have continued to be dedicated to everyone affected by FM, doing what the NFA was created to do…help people with fibromyalgia and chronic pain! Yet many of you have been unaware of our dedication to you and the many accomplishments the NFA has achieved.
Please know, the NFA HAS NEVER GONE AWAY! In fact, we have continued to be recognized as the top “go to” web site for people with FM, we have worked with the media to make sure that FM is still in the forefront of health care discussions, we have played a role in the complex, yet critical changes that are going on in health care- specifically concerning FM and the treatment of pain, and always have provided information and support to those of you who have reached out to us in need of help!
As I again take on the role of President of the NFA’s Board of Directors, I pledge to you that the NFA will continue to have your needs at the forefront of our work, and we will always represent people with FM and chronic pain with the dignity and credibility that we have earned over the past 21 years.
I have put together a collage of pictures, that will give you an idea of some of the NFA’s accomplishments between 2010 and today! I hope you will recognize that the NFA is not only a non-profit organization, but a steadfast institution, respected for its journey to improve the quality of life for people with FM for over 20 years!
With Gentle Hugs,