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Subscribe to our Network, and help build our community support. Membership to our Network is always FREE, but the cost to maintain the network is not, which is why we are asking members to become Subscribers for the small contribution of $20 / year. You are helping our team provide educational information, helpful resources, and provide support for those affected by Syringomyelia, Chiari Malformation & other Rare Diseases or Disorders around the world, Subscription Includes:

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

Spinal Cord Injury (Ontario) & University Health Network (UHN) Patti Dawson Award. 

Abilities Awards: Advocacy Award 2014

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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. 

A full copy of the show can be ordered by clicking the below link: 

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Next Support Group Meeting November 10, 2016 6:30PM - 8:30PM

Topic: How pain affects us & simple self help strategies

Presenter: Mathew Burns
How to Access Support:

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

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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.

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Posted by Carion Fenn Network on October 7, 2016 at 5:28pm 6 Comments

Post received from our Members Ronald Grab. Please post you comment on this blog. 

I am new to this and not sure if I am posting in the…


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) Canadian Rep on July 29, 2016 at 3:08pm 5 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 8 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…



Looking for a Neurosurgeon in BC and suggestions? 2 Replies

Hello: I am looking for a Neurosurgeon with experience.  Hopefully in Vancouver or the Okanagan.Does anyone have an suggestions?- Tanya Continue

Started by Tanya. Last reply by Tanya Sep 23.

Post-Traumatic SM surgery 10 Replies

Hi everyone,Im a 27 yo male who was diagnosed recently with SM. Over the last three years my symptoms progressed.Four years ago I had no symptoms at all. Three years ago I experienced symptoms for the first time when I squatted with 150 kg on my…Continue

Started by Mousse K (SM). Last reply by Ken Anderson [sm] Sep 23.

Losing right foot 4 Replies

Afternoon everybody, feeling down, something is slowly paralizng my hands and feet, I have had to wear a postetic brace on my left foot for over a year now. Now my right foot is staring, I only feel it on the right side of it and it that part hurts…Continue

Started by Betty Corey. Last reply by Betty Corey Sep 1.

Losing my right foot.

Afternoon everyone, feeling down, something is slowly paralyzing my hands and feet. I already have to wear a postetic brace on my left foot, for over a year now, but now I am losing my right foot also, about the only feeling i have in it is at the…Continue

Started by Betty Corey Aug 29.

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