FIBROMYALGIA ASSOCIATION Overview
The Fibromyalgia Association Created for Education and Self-help is commonly known as FACES. FACES was established by our founder (an African American Female Police with injury related Fibromyalgia) as a result of the healthcare and pain management disparities she personally experienced. FACES is comprised completely of volunteers - either people battling this devastating disability or friends and family members of patients. FACES participates in community collaborations of awareness campaigns, outreach projects and patient education. FACES has collaborated with disability rights associations, universities, minority health associations, and other Fibromyalgia organizations. FACES provides information and referral services, patient education and public awareness via our website www.fibrocop.org, FACES sponsored seminars and seminars of our various community partners. FACES strives to ensure that no person with Fibromyalgia, especially minorities and public safety officers (police officers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, and paramedics (EMTs)), will have to suffer the humiliating trials of misdiagnosis, inadequate treatment and disability related discrimination as our incorporating members battled.
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My name is Gina and I have suffered from Fibromyalgia for about five years and not diagnosed until 15 months ago. I actually had several people suggest this before diagnosis and I hadn't heard of it before then. I'm just glad to find so many organizations out there however on this site there are no... more »