Today is National Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, and Weyburn City Hall will be lit with purple to show support.
Fibromyalgia is a chronic illness that can cause many symptoms such as widespread pain, tender points, fatigue, anxiety, and depression to name a few.
“It's important that we always look at the variety of diseases that people are suffering from within our community, fibromyalgia is one,” said Mayor Marcel Roy. "There are people I personally know that are suffering from it, and it becomes very debilitating to them.”
He added some people don’t realize how wearing the pain can be, both physically and mentally.
“They think that people are just trying to get out of work, but it's really a true disease that's been defined and we should be aware if people are suffering from this.”
This condition affects around five percent of Canadians, which is over 2 million people of all ages.