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New pain group launched in Chester-le-Street
5:00pm Wednesday 11th September 2013 in News
A NEW support group for people who suffer from, chronic pain has been launched in the region.
Mypainfibro has been started by Angela Walker, of Great Lumley, who suffers from fibromyalgia and is for people with a range of conditions that leave them in chronic pain.
The inaugural event washeld today (Wednesday, September 11), a coffee afternoon at the Bethel Church Hall, in Low Chare, Chester-le-Street, which was officially opened by regional ITV news reporter Rachel Sweeney.
Ms Walker said local Durham County councillors Audrey Willis and Tracie Smith gave money from their budgets to get the group started.
“There were loads of people, loads of interest and we had an absolutely marvellous afternoon,” she said.
“We have had Cestria Housing here and loads of people are going to become members and attend regularly.
“We have had people from the hospital and they are going to signpost people and I am going to go up there and give talks.
“This week is Chronic Pain Awareness Week so it is a good time to open the group.
“It is an invisible illness. Not a lot of people understand that you can look well but be in pain.”
The group will meet fortnightly and there are plans for talks, exercise abnd meditation sessions and lessons on diet and relaxation.
The next meeting will be at the same venue on Wednesday September 25 between 2 and 4pm.
People are welcome to turn up and more details are available from Ms Walker on 07999-075022.
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