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Town of Ajax Ajax Civic Award (Adult) 2014 winner Carion Fenn.

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Rogers TV: Talk Durham Interviews

Debra Hutchison (Host Rogers TV- Talk Durham), Nancy (CFSCN Member), Carion Fenn (Founder), Carion Fenn Syringomyelia & Chiari Network), & Kellie (CFSCN Member).

Talk Durham - Rogers TV- Channel

Debra Talked to Carion, members of our social  network (NancyKellie), & Callers including Jamie McDonald, Sue, Harlen & Christine about the issues faced with living with Syringomyelia & Chiari Malformation. We will have segments available online soon. The response was that the show was very informative, and a great resource to help educate others. Click on the thumbnail below to view videos. 

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September 8, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Rare Disease Health & Wellness Support Group

Topic: Aqua Fitness

Presenter: Town of Ajax - Recreations
How to Access Support:

1) Ajax Public Library (Main Branch): 55 Harwood Avenue South Ajax ON L1S 2H8 Canada


3) Phone: +1 (647) 749-7011 Conference ID: 5005192 

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Lori Hart (SM) angel/Canada Rep left a comment for Laurie Maher (SM)
"Happy Birthday Laurie !!!! From all of us here !!! Best wishes Lori xo"
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"Happy Birthday Karen !!!! From all of us here !!! Best wishes Lori xo"
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"Happy Birthday Diana !!!! From all of us here !!!! Best wishes Lori xo"
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Syringomyelia (SM) (Sear-IN-go-my-EEL-ya); also known as SM, is a Syrinx (also known as a tubular filled cyst) that forms inside of the spinal cord. This cyst, called a syrinx, can expand and elongate over time, destroying the center of the spinal cord.

Chiari Malformation (CM) (Key-Ar-ee-mal-for-MAY-shun); are structural defects in the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls balance. When the “tonsils” of the brain stem fall below the base of the skull, it cuts off or blocks the flow of Cerebral Spinal Fluid that runs between the brain and the spinal cord. 

Rare Diseases/ Disorders: There are over 7000 known rare diseases/disorders. 1 in 12 Canadians will be affected by a rare disease. Rare in the USA, when it affects fewer than 200,000 Americans at any given time. In Europe when a disease affects fewer than 1 in 2000 person, the disease is defined as rare. 50% of rare diseases touch children.

Blog Posts

Participants Needed: Town of Ajax - Lining the parade route for our #HMSAjax40 Special Parade & Ice Cream Social on August 28, 2016.

Posted by Carion Fenn Network on August 10, 2016 at 10:59am 0 Comments

Good afternoon,

We would like to invite you to join us in our participation in the Town of Ajax, Ontario Canada

lining the parade route for our #HMSAjax40 Special Parade & Ice Cream Social on August 28, 2016.



would anyone be interested in easy meal Ideas ?

Posted by Lori Hart (SM) angel/Canada Rep on July 29, 2016 at 3:08pm 7 Comments

Some of our members have asked if we could perhaps do something in the way of easy to prepare

meals etc. We all experience a challenge with standing for long periods or hand weakness. If this is of interest to anyone I want to hear from…


Beginning signs

Posted by Guy Tortorici on July 24, 2016 at 11:08pm 5 Comments

Hi all.  I have a question I am hoping someone can help me with.  My son, 22, college student, was diagnosed with syringomyelia last year.  It started out with tingling in his pinky finger.  We initially thought it was ulnar nerve related because…


Can pain cause a fever

Posted by Julie Moskal on July 21, 2016 at 11:25pm 6 Comments

I have felt like I have the flu for the past 10 days. Doctor told me I have sinus infection. I have had moderate to severe pain in my upper body from across the middle of my back to my arms, my neck is throbbing along with my jaws and head. Along… Continue


heavy feeling keeping me from walking 5 Replies

not asking medical advice , just wondering , I suffer from naropothy/nerve pain. But last night it started hurting in my lower back half of both legs and feels like  their in a vice grip or being held down by a 100 pound log, so right now i…Continue

Started by Betty Corey. Last reply by Shaun Kelly yesterday.

Pain Therapy

I was wondering if any one has tried or heard of the Enar therapy similar to tens machine and has any feed back.My pain has been increasing quite considerably lately, I have been reasonably luck up to now getting away with pain killers with small…Continue

Started by Shaun Kelly Aug 11.

Feels Like my back is broken 6 Replies

I am in pain all the time, I have a syrinx of last know of 6cm by 3mm on my spinal cord and a synovial cyst on my tail bone 1"1/2 and also bone deterioration through out my spine from top to bottom. In the last year or more I have been having lower…Continue

Started by Sherry Bourque SM. Last reply by Lori Hart (SM) angel/Canada Rep Jul 21.

Newly diagnosed and needing answers/support 3 Replies

Hi everyone,Let me tell you a bit about myself. I'm Andrea, I'm a 24 year old mother to a 3 year old boy and am marrying my fiance next weekend.I was in a jetski accident 2 years ago and initially had a torn muscle in my knee bit was otherwise okay.…Continue

Started by Andrea Karpinski. Last reply by Shaun Kelly Jul 14.


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