A team of individuals from the University of Dundee and NHS Tayside, including Dundee Comics Creative Space and people with fibromyalgia, have designed a comic with the purpose of raising awareness of fibromyalgia amongst professionals, families, and other communities. It also illustrates the ongoing life transitions of those who have fibromyalgia, as well as its impact on friends and family.

The comic, titled Fibromyalgia and us explores the effects of fibromyalgia, in an attempt to better explain the long-term condition to the public.

Professor Divya Jindal-Snape, Chair of Education, Inclusion and Life Transitions; and Associate Dean (Research) in the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Dundee said: “This comic has been designed with the purpose of raising awareness of fibromyalgia amongst professionals, families, and communities… It illustrates the ongoing life transitions of those who have fibromyalgia as well as its impact on significant others.”

Have a read of the fibromyalgia comic by clicking here! If you have any comments, feel free to send them in, and I will be sure to pass them onto the team who developed the comic.

Fibromyalgia And Us

Future editions of the comic are planned to address other health conditions, such as heart disease, organ donation and autism.

Reference

Jindal-Snape, D., Keiller, A., Kelly, L., Langlands-Scott, J.,  Murray, C., Snape, A., Snape, J., Snape, N., Warden, F., & Whittingham, B. (2017). Fibromyalgia and us: Living with fibromyalgia (Illustrations by E. Balson, Z. Dominiak, D. Herd, R. Horner,  A. Larkin, N. Millar, H. Robinson and L. Wilson). Dundee: UniVerse. Available from: http://discovery.dundee.ac.uk/portal/en/research/fibromyalgia-and-us(a1500af0-8e1c-4af1-ab89-5721c08058b4).html 

 

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Written by simonrstones

Simon Stones BSc (Hons) is an award-winning patient leader, advocate and researcher from Manchester in the UK, who was the winner of the international WEGO Health Award for Patient Healthcare Collaborator in 2017. He is a passionate advocate and ambassador for people living with invisible illnesses, inspired and empowered by his own journey with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and inflammatory bowel disease since childhood. He is currently an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society, and a trustee of Fibromyalgia Action UK and RAiISE.

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