Toronto: ME/CFS, Fm and MCS Awareness Day‏ May 12, 2012.

City of Toronto Proclamation
Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Awareness Day
May 12, 2012

WHEREAS the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis Association of Ontario is a non-profit organization that has served our community since 1991, to support individuals living with Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities.

Over 568,000 Ontarians are afflicted by these three chronic illnesses. Once diagnosed, one is often ill for years and as many as 70 per cent are disabled for life. These illnesses affect men, women and children of all backgrounds and presently the cause is unknown.

Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS), is a neurological and autoimmune disease characterized by overwhelming fatigue, pain, headaches, cardiac symptoms, immune disorders, dizziness and balance problems.

Fibromyalgia (FM) is characterized by severe musculoskeletal pain and tenderness in many areas of the body, along with fatigue and sleep dysfunction, generalized or regional stiffness and in some cases neurological and cognitive symptoms. This pain can become strong enough to prevent people from working or engaging in physical activities for months and even years.

Multiple Chemical Sensitivities (MCS), also called Environmental Sensitivities or Intolerance, is characterized by an unusually severe sensitivity or allergy-like reaction to many different kinds of pollutants such as chemicals, perfumes and other environmental triggers.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mayor Rob Ford, on behalf of Toronto City Council, do hereby proclaim May 12, 2012 as “Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Multiple Chemical Sensitivities Awareness Day” in the City of Toronto.

Mayor Rob Ford

4 responses to “Toronto: ME/CFS, Fm and MCS Awareness Day‏ May 12, 2012.

  1. Annette Tweedel

    I live in Louisiana and I have multiple chemical sensitivity. I wish they would come to realize that there is such a thing as multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS) over here. But some people seem to think that it is all in our head. And that is so wrong. I really wish they knew about MCS and we would have a MCS awareness day.

  2. 2012 Proclamations from the States are listed here:
    I don’t remember if Louisiana has ever issued one for MCS but they do have one for air quality awareness this month!

  3. Annette Tweedel

    Really, and what does air quality awareness pertain to? Is it to both the outdoor air and the indoor air or what? Because if it for both, they need to do away with mosquitoes spraying for outdoor air and air fresheners in side the buildings. I don’t mean to sound rude, I am not mad at you.
    Thank you for the information.

  4. They have had Toxic Injury proclamations in other years, so there is awareness about MCS. I don’t know who there is responsible for working on it, but you could try contacting state environmental health groups to learn more. I also believe a lot of new people developed MCS from the oil spill and dispersants, so there should be others in your area with knowledge of local efforts re MCS, toxic injury, etc.

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