Our purpose is to educate, raise awareness, advocate for and provide support to the ME and FM community in BC.
The need is great in our ME and FM communities.
There is a severe shortage of knowledgeable doctors and health care professionals. This in turn leads to patients waiting years to receive a proper diagnosis. The lack of a diagnosis makes it difficult to receive disability benefits. There is very little access to care, treatment and management tools. And the lack of education and awareness of these illnesses has resulted in patients being confronted by stigma at all levels of the health care system, and even within their personal communities.
The Society's primary goals are to:
Educate, inform and increase awareness of Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME) and Fibromyalgia (FM).
Provide information and education to physicians, other medical professionals and the community at large, to increase public awareness of ME and Fibromyalgia.
Champion issues impacting the lives of people with ME and FM through community partnerships and advocacy with local, provincial and federal stakeholders and decision-makers.
Build an inclusive organization which will reasonably accommodate and allow the participation of ME and FM patients, as well as their carers and families, to the extent they are willing and able.
Promote and fundraise for ongoing medical research to encourage early, accurate diagnosis and effective treatments for ME and Fibromyalgia.
Liaise with other individuals, groups and organizations to achieve the goals of our Society.