Are there any Knights out there in shining armour on white stallions? More to the point, are there any knights out there able to come to the aid of a damsel in distress? Sorry I am not living in an ivory tower and regret I am not size zero in a flowing white chiffon full-length gown, but nevertheless this UK damsel is pretty distressed. I think you should reach for the tissues, as it is a tale of woe beset with broken promises and modern day distress.
It all began when this damsel decided to write a book about her sickness – fibromyalgia. She wanted to tell the world about the pain fibromyalgics suffer and what it is like living in pain with no cure. She longed to get better and feel well again. What hopes did she have for the future when she faced pain, sleeplessness, chronic fatigue, isolation, depression and possibly life in a wheelchair?
A knight from a far off land, called the Black Knight, heard of the tale of woe and offered to help the damsel in her quest. He promised to provide the funds to go the Caxton and print the book. He would also help her to tell the world about fibromyalgia and to sell the books to raise money for research.
Full of joy the damsel set to and began to scribe. For almost a year she worked tirelessly from dawn to dusk, writing and inviting those who knew about her sickness to add their comments to her book. As Christmas drew near and her home was festive, she looked forward to opening her presents and her Christmas cards. She promised that she would work harder and finish the book more quickly in the New Year, with the help of her Guardian Angel. But alas, alack, one of her greetings bore sad tidings. Her Black Knight, a man who was upright and true, had fallen on bad times and lost all his money. He was heartbroken he could not help the damsel and disappeared from her life full of shame. For days she cried and cried until she could cry no more.
I said you would need the tissues.
Filled with distress the damsel wondered what she would do. Unable to rejoice during Christmas she was sad, tearful, and downhearted and did not know who to turn to. Another damsel who understood her pain, offered her all the money she had that day, to help her print her book. But alas £20 was not enough (maybe in those days but not in 2007). Her friend said lots of people who had fibromyalgia and believed in the book, would offer her money to help with the printing costs. So it was that small donations began to arrive but this is not the end of this story.
The characters may sound fictional but they are real and live in this century with computers instead of quill pens, business men in black suits instead of Knights in shining armour, and with a business economic crisis instead of falling on bad times – but the distress is very real. The book fund has now received donations totalling 20% of the publishing costs and 85% of the book is written. But there is still a long way to go if this self-help fibromyalgia book with the latest research, alternative therapies, motivational stories and a bit of humour, is to reach the people who most need it. As the editor/author I will not receive a cent – red or otherwise – the money from sales will be used for research and hopefully to find a cure.
As I live in this century I do appreciate there is no taste in nothing. Backed by those who have already donated, it has been agreed that anyone donating £25 or the dollar/currency equivalent, will receive a free book in return for overseas postage – inscribed if they wish. The names of all donors will be printed in the book, and included on a list of people who believed and had faith. Anyone supporting the book, however much the donation is, will received a personal letter of thanks and be given a chance to purchase the book at a reduced rate, pre publication. Everyone will be invited to offer a brief dedication of a few words to be printed in the book. So you can see yourself in print!
If you fancy yourself as a White Knight in shining armour that will come riding out of the sunrise with a nice donation, or if as one of the many women who suffer with FMS, you just believe what we are doing is worthy of support, I would really love to receive your financial support. If I can answer any questions about the book or about fibromyalgia and support groups please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. To avoid bank charges to change currency, it would help if donations were made direct to:
PAIN 24/7 Account No. 51725963 Sort Code 40-17-16 –
HSBC Bank Chichester, West Sussex, England.
If making a donation by bank transfer please email me to confirm your donation with your email address, full name and address and your brief dedication, so I may write and thank you. Alternatively send your cheque made out to PAIN 24/7 to:
Jeanne Hambleton, Pain 24/7, (c/o Fibromyalgia Support Surrey & Sussex), Old Village Shop, Stocks Lane, East Wittering, Chichester, W.Sx, UK, PO20 8NH
Thank you for your support. Make this your World Fibromyalgia Day May 12th gesture. You will be helping us get the book out there to raise awareness and help with research. I look forward to hearing from you and sending you an old fashion English thank you letter. Write soon. If you wish to check my credentials why not Google me?
By Jeanne Hambleton © 2007