Resolution J1897-2013

Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 12-19, 2013, as Fibromyalgia Awareness Week in the State of New York

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  • May 21, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 21, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 16, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE   RESOLUTION  memorializing  Governor  Andrew  M.  Cuomo  to
proclaim May 12-19, 2013, as Fibromyalgia Awareness Week in the State of
New York

WHEREAS, An estimated 10 million people in the  United  States,  six  to
eight  percent  of the population, and millions of people worldwide have
been diagnosed with Fibromyalgia, an illness for which there is no known
cause or cure; and
  WHEREAS, A chronic syndrome that  is  increasing  at  alarming  rates,
Fibromyalgia causes debilitating fatigue and chronic pain in women, men,
and children of all ethnicities; and
  WHEREAS,  Patients  with Fibromyalgia often have to learn to live with
widespread pain throughout their bodies, extreme fatigue,  sleep  disor-
ders, stiffness and weakness, migraine headaches, numbness and tingling,
and impairment of memory and concentration; and
  WHEREAS,  It often takes an average of five years to receive a diagno-
sis of Fibromyalgia, and medical  professionals  frequently  are  inade-
quately  educated regarding the diagnosis and treatment of Fibromyalgia;
and
  WHEREAS, Increased awareness and expanded knowledge of  the  realities
of  life  with  Fibromyalgia will allow the community at large to better
support people who struggle with the challenges  of  this  chronic  pain
disorder; and
  WHEREAS,  A nonprofit charitable organization, the National Fibromyal-
gia and Chronic Pain Association has joined together with  other  groups
around  the  country,  including  the  International Institute For Human
Empowerment, Inc., based in New  York  State,  to  promote  Fibromyalgia
awareness and support, including improved education, diagnosis, research
and treatment; and
  WHEREAS,  The  International  Institute  For  Human Empowerment is the
sponsor of various Fibromyalgia awareness events, as well as, the Select
Empowerment Seminar  report:  "Fibromyalgia:  Awareness,  Advocacy,  and
Action," encouraging the medical community, patients, employers, govern-
ment  health  and  human  rights agencies, educators, and caregivers, to
work together to support and improve the lives of Fibromyalgia patients;
and
  WHEREAS, The Neurosciences Department  of  Albany  Medical  Center  in
Albany,  New  York,  conducts  medical  research and provides continuing
medical education for  physicians  and  other  healthcare  providers  in
Fibromyalgia; and
  WHEREAS,  Physicians and researchers from the Neurosciences Department
of Albany Medical Center, including Charles E. Argoff,  M.D.;  James  P.
Wymer, M.D., Ph.D; Frank L. Rice, Ph.D.; and Phillip J. Albrecht, Ph.D.,
have obtained research results for Fibromyalgia which have been recently
published, and will have implications for the future treatment of Fibro-
myalgia; and
  WHEREAS,  The  Neurosciences  Department of Albany Medical Center will
provide outreach to patients and caregivers by  working  with  organiza-
tions  such  as the International Institute for Human Empowerment, Inc.,
to educate the community about their Fibromyalgia research results,  and
the  potential impact for improving the quality of life for Fibromyalgia
patients; and
  WHEREAS, The community's focus  on  Fibromyalgia  and  its  impact  on
patients'  lives will help guarantee hope for a better future for people
with Fibromyalgia; and
  WHEREAS, This Legislative Body recognizes the needs  of  those  chron-
ically  ill  people  who  suffer from Fibromyalgia, and urges all of out

citizens to support the search for a cure and assist  those  individuals
and  families  who deal with this devastating syndrome on a daily basis;
now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED,  That  this  Legislative  Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim  May  12-19,  2013,  as
Fibromyalgia Awareness Week in the State of New York; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That copies of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted  to  The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New
York; the International Institute  For  Human  Empowerment,  Inc.    The
Neurosciences  Department  of  Albany  Medical  Center; and the National
Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain Association.

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