Sandra Gartz , RN
Sandra Gartz became a Registered Nurse in 1977. After working in Emergency, Surgery, Pediatrics, and the Operating Room in two small hospitals in Alberta, she returned to Ontario. Her field of practice changed to Medicine which led her to a challenging and rewarding position as she worked with Oncology and Palliative clients, first in hospital and then at home. One of her most prominent roles was pain management.
Sandra lives with persistent pain, due to work related accidents and Fibromyalgia Syndrome.
No longer able to continue her Nursing career, she uses her energy as a volunteer and positive role model for people who live with Fibromyalgia and pain. She does this through her leadership of the Kitchener-Waterloo Fibromyalgia Support Group since 1998. Through monthly meetings, FibroMoves-the group’s warm water therapy program, display booths, and awareness day events, she continues to move the group forward and inform the community about Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain issues. The group is a member of the Canadian Pain Coalition.
In 2008, she was thrilled to be asked by Pfizer to be the National Spokesperson for Fibromyalgia for their media campaign as they introduced LYRICA (pregabalin) as the first treatment available in Canada to treat the pain of Fibromyalgia. As a Director she continues her volunteer career to assist those who live with pain and those who work with people, who live with pain.
As Co-Chair of "Pennies for Pain" , she completed her 3rd 5K Walk to EndPain in 2011 with the support of her family and friends. She looks forwardto raising awareness and funds for " Pennies for Pain" .