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Destined to Cure Fibromyalgia
Destinee Easley is 16-years old and lives with Fibromyalgia (pronounced fy-bro-my-AL-ja), a condition that comes with chronic pain, but talking to her you might not even know it’s been an issue for her since age twelve.
“People cannot always see it. I actually have pain every day. It challenges my back, making it hard to walk. It bothers my whole body, says Destinee Easley.”
Destinee receives advanced medical treatment from the Centers for Integrative Medicine and Healing.
The honor student also has the love and support of her Super Bowl champ, big brother, New England Patriot, Dominique Easley. Together they aim to raise awareness about Fibromyalgia in the ultimate quest for a cure. And with the Easley’s Awareness Foundation, they are educating the public and raising awareness, and raising funds. The personal nature of this work, keeps both motivated.
Destinee says while she deals with the pain of her condition, she is focused on her education, planning to attend college for film and television.
If you did not know, Fibromyalgia is a common and complex chronic pain disorder that affects people physically, mentally and socially. In the past fibromyalgia has also been referred to as fibromyalgia syndrome, fibromyositis and fibrositis.
It is characterized by chronic widespread pain, multiple tender points, abnormal pain processing, sleep disturbances, fatigue and often psychological distress.
Defensive Tackle, Dominique Easley who is used to taking down 300 pound guys on the field, is doing all he can to raise awareness and support his sister, all the way to better treatment or a cure.
Dominique says, “As a brother, I see what my sister goes through. We don’t know how far we are from a cure but we just keep going. That’s what we do.”
Dominque wants to increase education & awareness about Fibromyalgia by speaking and advocating for medical treatments and ultimately a cure. You can also support the cause with #DESTINEE4DESTINEE on Twitter.
To get more information or to attend an event, check out the Foundation website.
Photo credit Dimery Photography