I (Deb Cooke) suffered
with a number of symptoms for many years, and believed that my
medical records had me written up as a Hypochondriac. My symptoms
would vary from day to day. One day I’d have pain in my right leg
for example, and the next day would be my left arm, and ALWAYS my
finally found a doctor who diagnosed Fibromyalgia. When I read the
symptoms for Fibromyalgia, I cried. Here I was written down.
June 2010, I
contacted FMA UK to find the nearest support group and was told the
nearest was in Calne. I was actually more interested in finding
support and information for my then partner, as he found
Fibromyalgia harder to live with than I did. I was encouraged and
assisted by FMA UK to start the group and Foggys was born, primarily
as a Fibromyalgia Support Group.
16th August 2010 ~ I
sat nervously, in the small hall of Liden Community Centre, Swindon,
hoping someone will turn up to Foggys 1st EVER MEETING !! I can
still remember myself saying to my then partner, “I hope people turn
up”. An hour later, nerves gone, as 50ish Fibromyalgia sufferers and
loved ones turn up and Foggys was officially born. At one point we
thought we'd be out of the door, as we had to keep moving to make
room. Sounds scary? that amount of people, no !! it was brilliant.
Relaxed atmosphere, few tears, lots of laughs. To find out I
wasn't alone, was amazing.
We try to arrange
social events, such as coffee meet ups, a few times a year. It's lovely
to be out with like-minded people, with similar disabilities, and
With funding from
National Lottery, Community Funds, from 7th July 2014,
Foggys (paid) members could take advantage of FREE swim sessions at
Thamesdown Hydrotherapy Pool.
From of 31st July
2017, we were able to increase this to 2 sessions. Sadly, as
of 12th January 2024 due to lack of funding, sessions are suspended.
We tell people who contact us, please try to come to a meeting, you
might be shy and/or anxious, but you shouldn't suffer alone !!
.. and we understand.
Thank you to everyone who has passed through,
and to those who we still see.