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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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Next Support Group Meeting June 9, 2016 at 6:30pm.

Healthy Living & Chronic Pain Rare Disease Support Group Meeting at Ajax Public Library 6:30pm - 8:30pm. Click on the link below to join us.

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: A condition affecting fewer than 1 person in 2000 in their lifetime. 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.

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Getting a MRI to test for a syrix

After noon everyone, welcome new members to the group.I also have a question for the group.I seen…See More
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Patients Needed: Carion Fenn Foundation Video Filming include Mayors, MPP & Patients.

Posted by Carion Fenn Network on May 22, 2016 at 10:30pm 0 Comments

Carion Fenn Foundation 1 year Anniversary Video with Video Pledges from Ajax & Pickering Mayors & MPP Michael Harris and more. We are filming our 1 anniversary video which we will be editing a 1 minute promo segment to promote our Rare…



Posted by Lunga Moeketsi on May 20, 2016 at 5:42am 4 Comments


Can a synrinx develop into a spinal tumor? My synrinx has grew about 3 mm since my Posterior fossa decompression in 2013. i have a session with the Neurosurgeon on Monday to get the final…


Help with Genetic testing and an update.

Posted by Brian Anthony on May 13, 2016 at 1:06am 1 Comment

To refresh my story, I've been dealing with progressively disabling symptoms for the last 15 years.  I've been seen by Johns Hopkins, The Chiari Institute, and now a neuro muscular doc at Drexel.  She wants me to have genetic tests which I cannot…



Getting a MRI to test for a syrix

After noon everyone, welcome new members to the group.I also have a question for the group.I seen the neuro surgeon a fewdays ago. He has done shuntsurgies and decompression surgeries,so I feel confident he has enoughexperience. He told me my…Continue

Started by Betty Corey 12 hours ago.

Doctor finally listening 2 Replies

OK, so my doctor is finally beginning to listen to me. I've tried really hard not to "tell my doctor his business" but I have continuously brought up this group, and a reference that I saw in this group to some studies done by the NIH. I have a…Continue

Started by Patrick Milligan. Last reply by Jayme on Thursday.

Good morning all and a update on me. 5 Replies

Good morning to the group. Heres a update on me and it's been a while since I have posted here.The naropothy I have had moved into my chest, maybe from my neck and shoulder? At first I wasthinking it was my heart, so when I went to the doc, he told…Continue

Started by Betty Corey. Last reply by Betty Corey May 16.

Looking for a doctor 1 Reply

I am looking for a better pediatric neurosurgeon for my son. Somewhere in Texas preferably DFW area.

Started by Kristen . Last reply by Lori Hart (SM) angel/Canada Rep Apr 18.

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Town of Ajax             (Mayor Steve Parish)
City of Toronto           (Mayor Rob Ford)
City of Oshawa          (Mayor John Henry) 
City of Markham        (Mayor Scarpitti)
City of Pickering        (Mayor David Ryan) 
Town of Oakville       (Mayor Rob Burton) 
Syringomyelia & Chiari Malformation dates July 17 and September formally recognized by the Town of AJAX, On Canada Mayor Steve Parish for the first time in Canadian History in 2013. 


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