Chesterfield-based Adrienne & Leeann Lakin both have fibromyalgia, as do their other sisters and their mum. Both started with symptoms in their late teens, but, as so often happens, it took much longer to be diagnosed.
Under the UK Equality Act, fibromyalgia is deemed as an impairment rather than a disability. So, in an attempt to secure more support, understanding and awareness along with better funding for research and care, they started a petition to UK Parliament.
I recently had the opportunity to talk to the sisters about the petition and to find out a little more about their motivations, their aims and how we can pitch in and help out with the petition.