National Fibromyalgia Association
National Fibromalgia Association Targets Mission As Education And Supportive Resource.
The National Fibromyalgia Association was founded in Southern California in 1997 by Lynne Matallana and Karen Lee Richards. Both the founders of NFA have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia and understand firsthand the problems and challenges it can present to any individual's quality of life. IThe National Fibromyalgia Association was formed as a non-profit organization in order to serve as a resource for individuals suffering from fibromyalgia, a disease related to arthritis which causes muscle fatigue and joint pain throughout the body. The main goal and purpose of The National Fibromyalgia Association is to serve as a supportive resource for those who experience this debilitating condition. As a secondary mission, the National Fibromyalgia Association serves as a clearinghouse of information about FM in order to raise the awareness level about the disease among the general public.
In addition to producing a variety of informational material about fibromyalgia, the National Fibromyalgia Association also publishes a magazine called Fibromyalgia AWARE, the only publication of its kind available in the United States. Five years after its founding, The National Fibromyalgia Association developed a website to provide easy access worldwide to information about this disease and a place for families and individuals affected by FM to receive support and encouragement. Since 2003, The National Fibromyalgia Association has coordinated numerous special events and conferences attended by both healthcare professionals and patients interested in learning how to deal with this disease as well as to learn about the many advances that have been made regarding diagnosing and treating FM as well as raising the public's awareness about FM.
The National Fibromyalgia Association serves as the organization at the forefront of lobbying for more funding directed toward research and treatment of this disease, in addition to stimulating more news and feature stories in the media about fibromyalgia. The National Fibromyalgia Association also collaborates with other leading organizations in pain management to bring about a better quality of life for individuals suffering from fibromyalgia.