Tuesday, 6 December 2011

FMSSAS eNews 11.12.06

Surprise, surprise!
You didn’t expect this, I know, but a few important things have surfaced so I felt I had to send another eNews despite what I said last Saturday!  Thanks to the many of you who sent me good wishes for tomorrow.
49.  Eyes that do not cry, do not see.
DLA Medicals?
In my last eNews I asked for experiences regarding DLA medicals.  If you have experienced this please contact Debbie -  07729891175 in my absence.
Fibromyalgia Health Check – Take the WebMD Fibromyalgia Symptom Assessment
Living with the pain and fatigue of fibromyalgia can be a daily struggle.  This WebMD Fibromyalgia Health Check can help.  Start by assessing your symptoms, treatment and lifestyle and you will get personalised information and tips that will help you improve your life with fibromyalgia.
Pat's Petition
I received this email and am including it in full.  I have mentioned this petition before.  If you have not signed it yet please do so now.

Hi there Fibromyalgia Support - Surrey and Sussex
We know that our members with Fibromyalgia have particular difficulty with
benefits and the changes to benefits so we are sure that a lot of your
members will want to support Pat.
I'm writing to ask you to support Pat's Petition and to pass the information
about the petition on to your members. It's a chance for them to make their
views known to government
so please pass the information on to them so they can make their minds up if
they want to support Pat.
Pat is blind and a carer. She was tired of the cuts to benefits and services
falling disproportionately on people with disability. Pat started a
government e-petition so that people with disability and their families can
make their voice heard. Many of the large disability charities are
supporting Pat. But mainly it is people with disability and their families
who are spreading the word.
Pat's petition is at -
and the details about the petition and the sponsors are at -
This is chance for all people with disability to speak with one voice and
make the government hear if only we can get the information out to them.
We really hope you will help us get information about Pat's Petition out to
your members. We only have people with disability and their families like us
to spread the word about this petition.
Please get in touch with us and we can tell you more about this campaign.
Frances Kelly
DWP publications, useful if applying for benefits
A guide to Employment and Support Allowance – The Work Capability Assessment
This guide gives detailed information about the ‘Work Capability Assessment’ element of Employment and Support Allowance. It is aimed mainly at professionals and contractors, but can also be read by claimants. Because of the detailed nature of this guide, it is more complicated than the main information leaflets produced by Jobcentre Plus and some words or phrases may be unfamiliar.
 Limited capability for work questionnaire
Bye for now.  See you in the New Year, if not before.  Have a great Christmas.

N.B. I would like to point out to you all that the information in my eNewsletters does not necessarily infer endorsement by the charity Fibromyalgia Support for Surrey & Sussex.   Any advice or recommendation of a medical or legal nature must always be discussed with a qualified professional. The charity cannot be held responsible for omissions and/or errors.
Sites I refer you to are for information only.  They might conflict in their opinions, they might not even be medically sound, but I merely offer them for you to peruse and make your own judgements, accept or reject as you will.  Only by reading widely can we get an overall picture of fibromyalgia syndrome and how we can deal with its symptoms, learn to cope with them and still have a life.
I also include various awareness and local issues as well as general health considerations.    Anyone wishing to reproduce any of the above items in printed form should seek permission from the originators.
Wordz for the Week are from Wordz for the Day by Donnie Kuhn, Sr.
Past issues of FMSSAS eNews can be found at www.fms-sas.co.uk/fmseNews.html and on a blog at http://fmssas-enews.blogspot.com/

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