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Senate proclamation declares Fibromyalgia Awareness Day


Sen. Marissa Jiménez Santoni

By The Star Staff


New Progressive Party Sen. Marissa “Marissita” Jiménez Santoni introduced a proclamation in the upper chamber Tuesday to the organizations Fibromyalgia and Me, FATF and the Antworten Foundation as part of “Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Awareness Day.”


The event, held on the steps of the Capitol, was attended by representatives of several entities related to the issue, who made a “call to citizens and government entities to pay much more attention to those suffering from both health conditions.”


“Fibromyalgia is a medical condition that manifests itself – in people – with a lot of pain …” Jiménez Santoni said. “The symptoms can cause generalized stiffness, especially when getting up -- in the morning -- and a feeling of swelling in the hands and feet, fatigue and tingling, among others. … The condition or disease affects both men and women.”


The Carolina District senator stressed that “to this day, the origin of it is unknown.” Although a lot of research associates it with a neurological problem,” she said.


“What we seek to do is raise awareness in the world about the symptoms that affect the person who suffers from [the two conditions], bringing a message of hope, support and motivation to those who we identify with the condition,” Jiménez Santoni said.

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