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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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August 11, 2016

Rare Disease Support Group Meeting

Topic: coming soon
Presenter: coming soon


1) Ajax Public Library: 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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Beginning signs

Posted by Guy Tortorici on July 24, 2016 at 11:08pm 0 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

FEEDBACK NEEDED: NEW Awareness Wristbands

Posted by Carion Fenn Network on July 21, 2016 at 12:41pm 4 Comments

We need to design new wristbands for the Rare Disease Expo not sure how to do the wristbands. Need your suggestions. 

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Your feedback is NEEDED

Posted by Carion Fenn Network on July 20, 2016 at 11:36am 8 Comments

Hello everyone, 

Your feedback is NEEDED: We are thinking about changing the name of our monthly support group meetings from: Rare Disease Support Group Meeting to Health & Wellness Support Group Meeting, or Rare…



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 on Thursday.

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.

Burning hands and feet 2 Replies

Hi,I have begun to have burning in my feet and hands. It's pretty intense. Do I speak to my family doc, Neurologist, or do I see a pain specialist??Thanks for any help. This is new and painful.Continue

Started by Ed Van. Last reply by Lori Hart (SM) angel/Canada Rep Jul 14.

Recently diagnosed 1 Reply

I found out a month ago that I have a syringohydromyelia. I am still waiting to see a neuro surgeon but everything I have read has scared me a lot.

Started by Lindsay. Last reply by Lori Hart (SM) angel/Canada Rep Jul 11.

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Newly diagnosed and needing answers/support

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Recently diagnosed

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Feels Like my back is broken

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