why is May 12 awareness day?

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by Shannonsparkles, May 5, 2006.

  1. Shannonsparkles

    Shannonsparkles New Member

    I was wondering if anyone knows the history of how May 12 came to be Awareness Day.

    Also, is it awareness day for both fibro and CFS, or only one?

    Interested! :)
    ((thanks)) Shannon
  2. pepper

    pepper New Member

    I think was Florence Nightingale's birthday. It is believed that she had CFS.

    The research foundation for CFIDS headed by Dr. Byron Hyde is called the Nightingale Foundation.

    Pepper
  3. pepper

    pepper New Member

    Florence Nightingale was born on May 12, 1820.

    Pepper
  4. Alyndra

    Alyndra New Member

    Someones gonna throws rocks at me for this one I know it.

    But why can't Awareness day -not- be on May 12th?

    It's a good cause, I support it and all!

    But come on.. it's my birthday!

    I'm fully aware of it 365 days a year, I don't wanna share my birthday with it! lol

    Sorry guys...

    I'm having a down day. I've spent all week long preparing myself to have a good day today (it's my boyfriends birthday) and my aunt died.

    Bad or pain related things are not allowed to happen on birthdays!!

    Argh.
  5. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    Here's an interesting bio. of her that I found when I did a google search:

    Florence Nightingale lived a long and remarkable life. Although she is known as the founder of modern nursing and one of the most famous women in history, few people know that she spent the last half of her life confined to her home and often bedridden, suffering from an illness similar to what we now call ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome).

    She was born on May 12, 1820 to wealthy British parents travelling in Italy. Named for the city in which she was born, young Florence never quite fit the mold of a Victorian lady. She was well educated in literature, music, drawing and the domestic arts. A women of her social standing was expected to marry and devote her life to her family, entertaining, and cultural pursuits. However, she felt an early calling to serve, and refused to marry. When she attempted to go to work as a nurse, her horrified family repeatedly opposed her. In those days, hospitals were often dirty and dark and nurses were untrained, sometimes drunken women. Finally, at age 33 she was able to obtain some minimal training and begin her career.

    In 1854, the British press began reporting that soldiers wounded in the Crimean War were being poorly cared for in deplorable conditions. Nightingale recruited and equipped a group of nurses and went off to Turkey to help. Her arrival was not celebrated by the surgeons there, who resented the interference of a woman. Undaunted, she worked tirelessly to improve conditions in the hospital. Her changes revolutionized British military medical care, increasing standards for sanitation and nutrition and dramatically lowering mortality rates. While visiting the front lines, she became ill and never really recovered.

    Although an invalid for the rest of her life, Nightingale continued to have an influence on standards of nursing care and training. In 1859 she helped to establish the first Visiting Nurse Association and in 1860, she established a school that became a model for modern nurses training. She was considered an expert on the scientific care of the sick and was asked by the United States for her advice on caring for the wounded soldiers of the Civil War. Through correspondence and reports, she continued her influence throughout her last years. She was the first women to receive the British Order of Merit. In 1907 the International Conference of Red Cross Societies listed her as a pioneer of the Red Cross Movement. She died in 1910 at the age of ninety.

    Florence Nightingale was known by the British soldiers in the Crimea as the “lady with the lamp” because of the late hours that she worked tending to the sick and wounded. Today, she is remembered as a symbol of selfless caring and tireless service.

  6. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    For the past eight years, May 12th has been designated as International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND). These diseases include ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, the term used in most of the world)/CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the term used in the United States), Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Gulf War Syndrome and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome. They have been combined under the umbrella of CIND based on existing research and commonality of symptoms. In order for the world to be alerted to these devastating diseases, it is crucial that those concerned about CIND contact the government and media in conjunction with the MAY 12 event. This file is intended to help facilitate that action, as well as provide interesting background information about CIND and Florence Nightingale.

  7. kholmes

    kholmes New Member

    Sorry for these long posts!

    For the past eight years, May 12th has been designated as International Awareness Day for Chronic Immunological and Neurological Diseases (CIND). These diseases include ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, the term used in most of the world)/CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the term used in the United States), Fibromyalgia Syndrome, Gulf War Syndrome and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Syndrome. They have been combined under the umbrella of CIND based on existing research and commonality of symptoms. In order for the world to be alerted to these devastating diseases, it is crucial that those concerned about CIND contact the government and media in conjunction with the MAY 12 event. This file is intended to help facilitate that action, as well as provide interesting background information about CIND and Florence Nightingale.

  8. hugs4evry1

    hugs4evry1 New Member

    Thanks all,

    That was soooo interesting!!

    Alyndra, I'm so sorry for your loss.

    Nancy B.
    [This Message was Edited on 05/06/2006]
  9. woofmom

    woofmom New Member

    The part about Florence Nightingale got my attention. Maybe it'll also caych the attention of others.