June 2010, I contacted FMA UK to find the nearest group and was told the nearest was in Calne.  I was actually more interested in finding support and information for my then partner Ian, as he found Fibromyalgia harder to live with than I did.  I was encouraged and assisted by FMA UK to start the group and Foggy's was born.

 

16th August 2010 ~ Deb Cooke (me) founder of Foggy's sits nervously with Ian (him), in the small hall of Liden Community Centre, Swindon, hoping someone will turn up to Foggy's 1st EVER MEETING !!  I can still remember myself saying to Ian, I hope people turn up.  An hour later, nerves gone, as 50ish Fibromyalgia sufferers and loved ones turn up and Foggy's is officially born.  At one point we thought we'd be out of the door, as we had to keep moving to make room.  Sounds scary? that amount of people, no !! it was brilliant.  Relaxed atmosphere, few tears, lots of laughs.

 

Primarily setup as Fibromyalgia Support, we now provide support where possible for other "invisible illnesses".  As I tell people who contact us, please try to come to a meeting, you might be shy and/or anxious, but you shouldn't suffer alone !!

 

.. and we understand.

 

Deb

(Foggy's Founder)

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