From the News Desk of Jeanne Hambleton

Just because I live ‘across the pond’ it does not mean I will ignore July 4th the American Independence Day. I will be celebrating in my own British way – quietly but with a certain reverence. I have a very strong affinity with the USA, through personal friends, a school pen pal, and professional fibromyalgia speakers who come to our FM conferences.

These specialists who have been to conference or are coming include Professor Andrew Holman from Seattle and Sue Horton who does wonders for your aches and pains, Professor Muhammad Yunus, the ‘godfather’ of FM, Devin Stanlanyl, (myofascial expert), Dr. Daniel Clauw (Gulf War), Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum MD, Dr. Rodger Murphree, Dr. Patrick Wood MD, Dr. Hal Blatman (sports injuries/myofascial), Claudia Marek, Fibro Nurse and my good friend Rich Carson. Also the hard working ladies involved with the two major USA FM charities, Lynn Matallana, NFA. In fact I wrote for the NFA magazine for a year with Elisabeth Deffner. So my links are quite solid.

I also have a very strong affinity with American citizens who look at my blogs and those I have met on my visits to the States. My very British thanks for being so gracious and visiting my weblogs – FMSGlobalNews.wordpress.com and jeannhambleton77.wordpress.com and to those lovely folk I met on my trips.

Every moment of my trips to the States I enjoyed but not enough visits sadly. Yes I have done Disney, the film studios, Hoover Dam, Las Vegas, Sea World, and even went over the border to Mexico thanks to my great American friend Amanda Hull who lives in LA.

I loved the sun and for someone who lives in rainy England it was novel to see shops and bars with carpets outside their premises. I enjoyed Route 66 and the sights I saw along the way and did quite a long stretch of that route. My visits were certainly memorable

If I had the bucks and could bring my family there I would love to join your other British refugees or UK emigrants and live in the land of sun and plenty. I could shop till I dropped in your country.

The first time I visited folks asked me all about Princess Diana. Now I guess the questions would be about Princess Kate, the Duchess of Cambridge and Prince George.

For those living elsewhere but interested in this event, Independence Day, the Fourth of July, is when the USA citizens celebrate the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Some folks get a day off work or a day for shopping.

Strangely enough we Brits were also involved as it was a day in 1776 that the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson, declared the 13 American colonies were free and independent of Great Britain. But we still love to go to the USA and enjoy the company of the Americans and their shopping.

You can in fact read on Google the Declaration of Independence that was written in 1776 on July 4. This was a Charter of Freedom with a comment “A New World Is At Hand”. This is an impressive piece of history – hooray for computers so we can read about this and the history. A great archive and website for those who want to learn.


Talking about archives in fact this FMS Global News service originated in Michigan with an American editor. Rick Usher who started the service, lived with his family and worked from home to establish this service. As a good friend of mine he had great hopes for a fibromyalgia coalition cross the pond.

But the News Editor and founder of our voluntary FMS Global News service, died suddenly in December 2008, at the age of 52. He was at his computer doing what he loved best – writing music – when tragedy struck. His death is a great loss to his family, the fibromyalgia community and me. I had been his UK London correspondent for fibromyalgia for sometime and we had much in common in our search for a cure for a cause.

Rick had FMS and was a great guy who wanted to change the face of fibromyalgia with his news services and later with his music. He had a record label and was downloading music he had written – all to raise funds for research for FMS both in the USA and the UK. He also supported the work of FibroHugs.

He had asked me in September 2008 to take over the FMSGlobalNews, but I went on holiday, and we did not tie up the loose ends. Since then I have been doing my best to carry on his good work and hope the articles I am publishing are of interest to you, Rick’s readers.

If you have any comments or knew Rick I will be pleased to hear from you, as I am keen to do what Rick would have wanted. His work must carry on as we both believed education helped folk to manage their fibromyalgia, while raising awareness.

I believe it was Rick’s influence and belief in FM education that led me to start planning my first UK fibromyalgia conference for April 2010. Last March I finished my fifth successful event with American speakers.

I am a journalist with FM of some 30 years experience and hope I can continue to provide the service his readers would expect. Email me on fmsglobalnews@icloud.com with comments.Thanks.

I hope you all have a great July 4 and all is well with you and yours. Happy birthday for July 4th and your Independence Day. I am with you in spirit.

About jeanne hambleton

Journalist-wordsmith, former reporter, columnist, film critic, editor, Town Clerk and then fibromite and eventer with 5 conferences done and dusted. Interested in all health and well being issues, passionate about research to find a cure and cause for fibromyalgia. Member LinkedIn. Worked for 4 years with FMA UK as Regional Coordinator for SW and SE,and Chair for FMS SAS the Sussex and Surrey FM umbrella charity and Chair Folly Pogs Fibromyalgia Research UK - finding funding for our "cause for a cure" and President and co ordinator of National FM Conferences. Just finished last national annual Fibromyalgia Conference Weekend. This was another success with speakers from the States . Next year's conference in Chichester Park Hotel, West Sussex, will be April 24/27 2015 and bookings are coming in from those who raved about the event every year. I am very busy but happy to produce articles for publication. News Editor of FMS Global News on line but a bit behind due to conference. A workaholic beyond redemption! The future - who knows? Open to offers with payment. Versatile and looking for a regular paid column - you call the tune and I will play the pipes.
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