Shine a Purple Light for Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia is a complicated illness that affects more than 5 million adults* (this number does not include those individuals not properly diagnosed), and there are many more suffering in silence. In an effort to break that silence, I’m asking for all fibromyalgia thrivers and supporters to shine a purple light for fibromyalgia during the month of May.

Why Purple?

Purple is the international color used to represent fibromyalgia. But why? Why choose purple from the infinite possibilities of color? Knowing the meaning of the color purple will not only help us to understand why we use it to represent fibromyalgia, but also give us a better understanding of the illness as well.

Purple is a well-balanced composure of blue’s calming properties and red’s energetic properties. Colors affect people in their own ways, and purple is no exception. According to Kate Smith, writer of Sensational Color, the color purple physically affects us by:

  • uplifting, and
  • calming the mind and nerves.

Chakras correlate to a major nerve branching from the spinal column, and the colors of the chakras are the seven basic energy centers of the body. The purple chakra is the Crown Chakra which represents the crown of the head, the nervous system, and the brain.

Kate goes on to list all the ways purple is used around the globe, in religious aspects, political affiliations, and other interesting facts. I won’t list all the ways purple is used, but I’d like to point out the important parts that correlate to fibromyalgia.

  • Courage is represented by purple in the military.
  • Purple is known in some cultures as faith, patience, virtue and trust.
  • Lavender, the plant, has aromatic calming properties as well as soothing and stress reducing qualities.
Show the world your purple #ShineForFibro #BeingFibroMom
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Purple and Fibromyalgia

After researching the color purple and discovering its various meanings, I can understand why it’s used to represent fibromyalgia.

Just as purple is a balance of calming blue and energetic red, fibromyalgia makes the body go through cycles of rest and unrest. One moment we are calm and relaxed, and the next moment full of energy and restlessness.

The Crown Chakra represents the crown of the head, nervous system, and brain – the places where fibromyalgia originates and affects. For more information about fibromyalgia’s affect on the nervous system, check out this article Fibromyalgia Has Central Nervous System Origins.

Fibromyalgia is a complicated illness that leaves the affected person confused, anxious, perpetually tired, overwhelmed, consumed by pain, and never fully rested. Once life, family, job, and day-to-day tasks are added to the illness, a person can be left feeling defeated and without hope. Courage, faith, patience, virtue, and trust are needed to keep fighting each day and manage to live life to its fullest. Hence the term, we are Fibro Strong!

let your inner purple shine #ShineForFibro #BeingFibroMom
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Shine a Purple Light for Fibromyalgia

Each year, Fibromyalgia Awareness is in the month of May. There are various campaigns for awareness for fibromyalgia, but when raising awareness, we need to ask others to take an action with that awareness. Simply raising awareness is not enough to make a difference. Read more about this in my article, Raising Awareness is not Enough to Make a Change.

For the month of May, I’m asking all fibromyalgia thrivers, caregivers, and family/friends of fibromyalgia thrivers to shine a purple light outside of their home.

Shining a purple light shows others that we accept fibromyalgia as a real illness, we are not ashamed of it, and we proudly support those living with it.

By shining your light, you will let others know that you are a beacon of understanding and support to those still hiding behind their closed doors. You never know which neighbors are living secretly with their diagnosis and/or struggle. Be their lifeline for coming out of the dark and into your purple light.

My hope of shining a purple light will be a way to say to others that can see it:

I have fibromyalgia. I understand your struggle. I am here for you. We are in this together.

stay fibro strong #shineforfibro #beingfibromom
created by Brandi Clevinger at Being Fibro Mom

Ways to Shine a Purple Light

Switch your porch lights to purple lights.


Shine an accent uplight with a purple light bulb.



Put a flameless candle in a window.


Hang a string of purple lights on your porch or in your windows that are visible to others (click on the image to view the product details).

starry string lights

Rope lights

mini battery operated fairy lights

mini Christmas lights


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Hi, I’m Brandi, the writer and creator of Being Fibro Mom and My Fibro Journal. Aside from my work on Being Fibro Mom, I run a group called Fibro Parenting on Facebook. I've been writing for the Fibromyalgia Magazine since 2016 and recently became the Secretary and Fibro & Families program director for International Support Fibromyalgia Network. Facebook-+-Twitter-+-Instagram

7 thoughts on “Shine a Purple Light for Fibromyalgia

  • April 10, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    So on board for this. Count me in! Subscribing to your blog and following on social media. May I shanghai one of your beautifully made banners to add to my site and social outlets? May the glow of purple light the Month of May!

    • April 11, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Thank you! Yes, please feel free to share all the images on social media with the hashtag #ShineForFibro. Thank you, thank you!!

  • April 28, 2017 at 4:02 pm

    Thank you! Can you let Robin Dix at know about this terrific campaign? I’m gearing up to go PURPLE! What a great idea!

    • April 29, 2017 at 2:59 pm

      What a great idea! thank you! Do you know Robin?

  • May 1, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Love this. I hope you created those links using your affiliate with Amazon. Bought 3 strands of battery lights. No outside outlet in front of the house. Boo!

    • May 1, 2017 at 8:38 pm

      That’s great! So glad you were able to do it. Yes, those are Amazon links. Thank you!

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