Lanarkshire landmarks will be among dozens across Scotland to illuminate purple today to mark international fibromyalgia awareness day.
The Arria statue near Cumbernauld and North Lanarkshire’s civic centre in Motherwell will both be part of the #lightupforfibro campaign being run by Fibro Friends United Scotland (FFU).
Supporters are also asked to wear purple or display lights in the colour at their homes or businesses to show their solidarity with the thousands of people who live with the chronic pain condition.
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Organisers from FFU say: “We’re delighted with the huge response this year from local authorities, provosts and companies across Scotland agreeing to light up during the week and fully backing the awareness campaign.
“It calls to everyone to raise awareness, reaching out to anyone they know with the syndrome to listen to their journey and understand, and let the fibromyalgia community know ‘I see you’.”
Affecting up to 300,000 people in Scotland, fibromyalgia is described as “a debilitating and fluctuating syndrome of the central nervous system” which leads to “widespread chronic pain, physical and cognitive fatigue, mental health and a multitude of symptoms”.
Calling it an “invisible syndrome”, FFU add: “It’s a very misunderstood syndrome – fibromyalgia is so much more than chronic pain.
“The difficult factor for those living with it is that family and friends, professionals and employers struggle to fully understand as they can’t see the symptoms or comprehend the fluctuations and unpredictability.”
This year’s campaign is FFU’s third and largest since being founded in 2017; while the organisation also last year helped 555 people with fibromyalgia and their families by launching a poverty and wellbeing outreach service providing assistance from food and hygiene products to Christmas toys.