Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE Mar/Apr 2013, Issue 8 - Page 26

Leaders Against Pain Araceli Tellez Torres at Los Pinos “My friend helped me to get in touch with the person in charge of the visit to Los Pinos, but LAP trained me to GO to Los Pinos.” (Los Pinos is to Mexicans as the White House is to American.) I am Araceli Téllez Torres. I was born in Morelia, Michoacán, a beautiful colonial city in México. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia almost 17 years ago. I have been reading the Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain LIFE magazine since the first issue appeared in my mail, and I have been following the NFMCPA almost since the association was born. I am very thankful with Jan Favero Chambers and Sharon Waldrop because even though I am 26  Fibromyalgia & Chronic Pain Life a Mexican who does not live in the USA and I was not a member, just a friend of the NFMCPA (as staff member Josh Wilding called me), they selected me to receive a scholarship to go to the Leaders Against Pain Coalition training course in Washington, D.C., the first week of November, 2012. I had the opportunity to meet wonderful people and to learn many interesting topics to be a better leader to help my people. “Oh God, thanks!” I said, “if I had not had FM, this couldn´t have been possible.” Felipe Calderón Hinojosa, the Mexican President, is from Morelia as myself. I wanted to meet him and visit Los Pinos where he lived until December 1st when we got a new president. Last September 2012, I met a friend that I have not seen for almost five years, so I was excited not only because she is a good friend, also because she told me that she had a job in the capital with the goverment. “Oh Vero!” I said, “So maybe you can make my dream come true... I would like to meet Felipe (my president) at Los Pinos. But she told me, “I can arrange the visit but I am not sure if you can see him.” She gave me her business card and told me to send her an email, so I sent it. Mar/Apr 2013