Our Mission: To provide research, information and resources for natural solutions associated with fibromyalgia and related conditions.
Our Vision: To pave the way for a world without fibromyalgia.
Established in September 2000, the Fibromyalgia Coalition International is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that evolved from the Getting Well support group in Mission, Kansas. Yvonne Keeny started the support group in January 1998 after her own recovery from fibromyalgia/CFS and related illnesses.
FCI founder and executive director, Yvonne Keeny, has been a national leader working to empower people with fibromyalgia for more than 20 years. Under her leadership, FCI:
- Promotes awareness to support the fibromyalgia community in their search for information and resources to rebuild wellness.
- Publishes a newsletter with breaking news designed to meet the unique challenges of the fibromyalgia community.
- Hosts a Facebook page garnering thousands of likes as well as thousands of visitors per month.
The core of FCI's work is unique because it provides information and resources for genuine hope for a life without fibromyalgia.
The FCI works diligently to be a beacon of hope for millions of people with fibromyalgia. But our ability for this degree of service depends on help of volunteers, sponsors and donations from people like you.
A million thanks to all of you who contribute to building FCI! Without your help the Fibromyalgia Coalition would cease to exist. As we move forward with our work, FCI pledges to remain steadfast in our convictions and in our commitment to integrity.
Do I have Fibromyalgia?
Fibromyalgia (FM) is a complex, chronic pain disorder affecting people physically, emotionally, and socially. It's a syndrome (set of symptoms) characterized by widespread muscle pain, and increased tenderness in specific areas of the body (see illustration). These painful areas called "tender points" are very tender when pressure is applied.
Do I have Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?
There are different names for this illness that affects an estimated 2-million people in the U.S. and millions more around the world. The two most often used are:
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or "CFS" which is often used in the United States.
- Myalgic Encephalopathy or "ME" (a term that the ME Association feels is more appropriate than the original, Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). ME is used in other countries.
What Others Are Saying:
"I have improved a lot since I spoke with you a year ago. I still have some symptoms but I'm not having nearly as much brain fog and the fatigue is a lot better."
Suzie M., Bryan's Road, MD
"First let me thank you. I attended a talk you gave at a public library last February and that was the first message of hope that I had heard in connection with fibromyalgia. I completely changed my diet and lifestyle and am doing much better now."
Mary L., Lenexa, KS
"I am so glad I came across your website. I have been suffering for 10 years! There's no doubt in my mind fibromyalgia is what I have. I have joined the Fibromyalgia Coalition and will keep you posted on my progress."
~ Jurga S., Orange County, CA
Your Contributions Are Needed and Appreciated!
With additional volunteers, sponsors and donors, FCI can increase its effectiveness through programs and outreach. Please show your commitment to stamp out fibromyalgia with a generous donation or contact FCI to volunteer or sponsor our website.