COLBORNE – When Orletta Kernaghan was diagnosed with fibromyalgia more than 30 years ago, it wasn’t something there was much awareness about.
People are more in the know these days about the syndrome that affects the muscles and soft tissue, resulting in chronic pain and fatigue, sleep problems and — especially in Kernaghan’s case — painful tender points.
And with the help of her friend Lenna Broatch, she has arranged an awareness event to spread the word even more, bringing a widely respected authority on the subject to Colborne June 9.
Dr. Byron Hyde of the Nightingale Research Foundation in Ottawa has a CV that includes stints as a prospector in Canada and Ireland, work in forensic medicine with the OPP, and medical work in Haiti and Laos.
In 1985, he founded the Nightingale Research Foundation, a charitable association established to investigate the causes and treatment of myalgic encephalomyelitis (better known as chronic fatigue syndrome). He now works exclusively in this research.
This work is essentially forensic in nature, investigating complex chronically disabled relatively young patients aged 12 to 50, whose diagnoses are often missed by other physicians who operate with severely limited time allowances.
Hyde is also a proud father of four children educated in English and French schools in Canada. His eight grandchildren are all fluent in both languages.
At his Colborne appearance, at 7 p .m. June 9, Hyde will discuss myalgic encephalomyelitis (chronic fatigue syndrome) and fibromyalgia interstitial cystitis.
The event takes place at the Colborne Legion (92 King St. E. in Colborne). Admission is by donation, and all proceeds will support the Nightingale Research Foundation.