May 28, 2015

I Challenge You To Try This Pain Test

As someone who has fibromyalgia, I daily deal with people who just don’t “get it” about the pain I experience. There is no relief, no cure, and no matter what I do 24/7 the pain is there. So, why not try this little test and see how YOU do?

 Fibromyalgia Association Pain Challenge. Are you up to it?

“The Fibromyalgia Clothespin Challenge: Awareness at Your Fingertips”

Press Release

National Fibromyalgia Association Launches Campaign for Pain Awareness Month

ANAHEIM, Calif.—-Millions of Americans affected by fibromyalgia can now share with others what it is like to live with chronic pain, and in the process, raise awareness for this disorder.

The National Fibromyalgia Association today launched “The Fibromyalgia Clothespin Challenge: Awareness at Your Fingertips” to commemorate September Pain Awareness Month. The objective is to keep a clothespin on your finger for 30 minutes. For each minute that you fail to keep the clothespin on your finger, a donation will be made to the National Fibromyalgia Association. (So, if you can only keep the clothespin on your finger for 10 minutes, and you pledge to donate $5 per minute, your donation is $100.)

“Fibromyalgia means living with stabbing, burning, throbbing pain every day,” says Lynne Matallana, president of the National Fibromyalgia Association who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in 1995. “With this challenge, we want to call attention to the fact that you can remove the pain when you remove the clothespin, but imagine if you cannot. That’s what it feels like for people who have fibromyalgia.”

For more details and how to order the “The Fibromyalgia Clothespin Challenge: Awareness at Your Fingertips” kit, which includes a special commemorative NFA clothespin and pledge card, visit


The National Fibromyalgia Association is a [501(c) 3] nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and execute programs dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with fibromyalgia by increasing the awareness of the public, media, government and medical communities. The NFA publishes Fibromyalgia AWARE magazine three times a year and hosts its award-winning website

National Fibromyalgia Association
Stephanie Barr

HR 2824 Seeks To Punish The Cherokee Nation

H.R. 2824: To sever United States’ government relations with the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma

To sever United States’ government relations with the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma until such time as the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma restores full tribal citizenship to the Cherokee Freedmen disenfranchised in the March 3, 2007, Cherokee Nation vote and fulfills all its treaty obligations with the Government of the United States, and for other purposes.

This is just shameful, and it makes me furious. Not only because my closest friend is Cherokee, but because it is just low. Earlier this year the Cherokee Nation voted to limit citizenship to those with Indian ancestors on the Dawes Roll. This wasn’t done out of hand, or without much thought and deliberation. It was what they thought was right and fair. They are a sovereign nation who have been governing themselves for centuries, with far more intelligence and dignity than has been granted to them by the United States.

Hasn’t this country done enough to the First Nations?

We can’t change the fact that when the first immigrants began arriving in the now United States that the sheer numbers of them succeeded in pushing the tribes out of their traditional lands and treating them very, very poorly. The concept of manifest destiny spread from coast to coast and touched all native peoples. Our ancestors told themselves it was “for the good of the country” and sent the Indians to live in places they would not live themselves. They took advantage of the Indian’s naivete and to this day would have them live in poverty and squalor. No one ever says it, but in my mind the whole purpose was to just erase them from this earth.


Now, we have a House Resolution to punish the Cherokee, one of the largest and strongest Indian nations in our country for choosing to govern as they see best. (Full text of the bill; and here are the current sponsors). After you read and get the gist of this bill, please do read the Assembly of First Nations press release dated 13 Dec 2007.

Contact your elected officials and take action to tell them you are against this interference in the civil and Tribal Courts. The link above will let you send an email to them, or a printed copy.

Citation: H.R. 2824–110th Congress (2007): To sever United States’ government relations with the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma until…, (database of federal legislation) (accessed Dec 15, 2007)

What Is The Next World Coming To?

Sheesh, I knew this was going to happen! Can’t I just have a soul PIN? :roll:


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