Fibromyalgia Palm Challenge - Photo Album A

This is a collage of the palm photos submitted by those whose names begin with the letter A.

Fibromyalgia Palm Challenge is an initiative to raise awareness about Fibromyalgia. I hope that each one of you watching this video take the challenge and tag as many people as possible to make this 'Invisible Illness' Visible to the world.

You can read all about fibromyalgia on this website.

Submit your photos on our Facebook page.

You can write to me on

-Anuradha Khanna Pentapalli,
Creator of #fibromyalgiapalmchallenge

Patient Solidarity Day Event in Mumbai

I am glad to get the opportunity to speak on the occasion of Patient Solidarity Day, thanks to Mr Bejon Misra, and put forth my points to improve healthcare in India.

For the first time, patients came together in India to demand access and universal health coverage on the occasion of Patient Solidarity Day that was observed on 9th December 2014 in Mumbai (and 6th December in Delhi).

Trust me, few years from now, healthcare will be much much better as we had a long discussion complete with awesome suggestions by all stakeholders, and planned next steps to make things better for all patients across India.

Brains working, fingers crossed!


More details about the Event coming soon...

Read more about the event from bloggers who attended it:
Patient Solidarity Day: Demand for healthcare access to all - by Keyur Seta

Patient Solidarity Day on 6 December 2014

What is Patient Solidarity Day?

Imagine the power of an initiative when patients from across the world come together in solidarity to make their voice heard and to support each other.

Imagine a day when patients, health activists and organisations unite to ensure that every single person in the world has fair and impartial access to quality healthcare.

That day has arrived!

The day when we all unite for universal health coverage under the theme: “One voice, United, Universal”.

Patient Solidarity Day is observed on 6 December 2014 across the world. I am glad that this year we have a few events in India as well.

Read more about this day here.

Back here, in India, some of us are coming together at two separate events in Delhi and Mumbai. More about it in my next post. Meanwhile, so read all about Patient Solidarity Day learn about little gestures or big splashes you can do to help stand united and amplify the patient voice!  

Online activity for Fibromyalgia on patient Solidarity Day:
To do our bit on this day, we are asking patients and organisations worldwide to do a little Facebook Sharing activity via our #FibromyalgiaPalmChallenge to support fibromyalgia patients.

Visit the #FibromyalgiaPalmChallenge official album. Choose any random Palm photo of a fellow fibro fighter, share it on your timeline and tag your Facebook friends to take the challenge.
Remember to give credit to the person who's photo you share by saying, for example:
"(XYZ) too has taken the #FibromyalgiaPalmChallenge to raise awareness. How about you?"

Use the hashtags:
#PSD2014 and  #FibromyalgiaPalmChallenge

Oops we entered the Time Machine!

So it's really tough to explain when people ask how does Fibromyalgia affect us or how it is exactly like.
This is what I think is one way of explaining:

NO MORE SUICIDES: Talk when you feel low

REMEMBER TO TALK: We and many support groups are here for you.

The recent news of suicide of Jacqueline Ratcliff and her husband John, UK, has given us goosebumps. We wish it could be undone. We wish things got better for them. We understand a bit what they must be going through.

Don't insult those who commit Suicide
Don't insult those who commit Suicide
Don't insult those who commit Suicide
There are times when people with chronic illnesses like Fibromyalgia feel so low, so helpless that they think of taking such steps. We hope and pray no more suicides happen.

At the same time,  REMEMBER that it is that very moment / days when you need to pull all your courage to fight the thought. You have been fighting the pain and all the symptoms every single day. You have the strength to fight that thought that tends to often overpower us.

TALK to friends and family. Right then.
Talk to a DOCTOR.
Talk to your SUPPORT GROUP.
If there is a Support group in your area, please JOIN.

No one deserves the pain of Fibromyalgia and other chronic illnesses. No one deserves to die like this.

Please join us in PRAYING that the souls of Jacqueline Ratcliff and her husband John Rest In Peace.

Also, do read the post: Don't insult those who commit Suicide