AFFTER Presents a Patient Conference: Fibromyalgia – More Questions Answered 2003

AFFTER (Advocates for Fibromyalgia Funding, Treatment, Education and Research) present an educational patient conference welcoming medical professionals. Muhammad Yunus, M.D., is the keynote speaker.

When: Saturday, April 26, 2003

Where:Interstate Center, 2301 Market Street, Bloomington, Illinois

Featured Speakers: Muhammad Yunus, M.D., Michael McNett, M.D., Sue Nelson, CAS, Jeffrey Rabin, Esq., Nell French, PsyD, Marilyn Myles, MSW, LSCW. Speaker presentations will be followed by Q and A sessions.

Topics to be Discussed: Fibromyalgia and current updates (keynote presentation); How to approach alternative treatments; The power of aquatic flowing energy; Social Security disability – change and confusion; How to manage the emotional factors involved with the diagnosis of FM or other chronic pain conditions; Coping with stress and chronic illness.

In addition to these presentations, two workshops will be offered on a first-come, first-serve basis on Friday, April 25. The concurrent workshops are: Water Therapy (from 7:00 – 8:00 pm), and Relaxation (from 7:00 – 8:00 pm).

Registration Fees:

CURRENT AFFTER MEMBERS: $45 before April 10, $55 after April 10 (and at the door); NON-MEMBERS: $55 before April 10, $65 after April 10 (and at the door). Spouses or partners cost an additional $25 each. COMBINED AFFTER REGISTRATION AND MEMBERSHIP: $70 before April 10, $80 after April 10 (and at the door).

Registration fee includes: Admission to the conference, one registration package, lunch, refreshments, vendor show, door prize, raffles, parking and hospitality suite on Friday, April 25. (Cancellation policy: Full refunds for cancellations received in writing by April 10. All cancellations are subject to a $10 administration charge.)

Hospitality Suite and Workshops on Friday, April 25:

All conference guests are invited to attend our complimentary “Meet and Mingle Hospitality Suite” at the Windgate Hotel from 4:00 – 8:00 pm, on Friday, April 25. We are also offering two concurrent workshops on Friday night for an additional $5: Workshop #1 is “Water Therapy” and Workshop #2 is “Relaxation” – both workshops are available to all conference attendees on a first-come, first-serve basis and will take place from 7:00 – 8:00 pm. (If you pre-pay for a workshop and no space is available for you, your $5 payment will be refunded).

Hotel Reservations:

To reserve a room at the Windgate Hotel, call the hotel directly at 1-800-228-1000. Be sure to mention the AFFTER conference to receive the special conference rate!

Conference room rate: $64 per room plus 12% tax (total cost is $71.68). Conference rate is available to attendees for both Friday and Saturday nights. Check-in time is 3:00 pm, check-out time is 11:00 am.

Room rate includes: One or two king size beds, TV/cable, refrigerator, coffee pot, and hair dryer. You will also have access to a large swimming pool, hot tub and exercise room, as well as refreshments in the lobby and continental breakfast. This hotel is within walking distance of the Interstate Center where the conference will be held.

Vendor Information:

There are 8-foot tables and 10-foot booth spaces available in the same room where the conference and luncheon will take place. Please contact AFFTER for a vendor package for more information. Discounted rates will be offered to AFFTER members, sponsors, and non-profit organizations.

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Important Phone Numbers:

Windgate Hotel: 1-800-228-1000

Interstate Center: (309) 829-3976

AFFTER: (847) 362-7807

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