I have fibromyalgia. It does not have me.
May 12th each year has been designated as Fibromyalgia Awareness Day. For most of us suffering with Fibromyalgia Syndrome every day is really awareness day, as explaining this condition to others is part of the game. It is a “silent condition” that it is ill-understood. We don’t always look sick, but we may be exhausted, in pain, and suffering silently from one of the hundreds of symptoms associated with this. Fibrowarriors many of us call ourselves, as we just keep on keeping on. People may have heard the term from a drug commercial on TV or from the news of Lady Gaga cancelling part of her tour, but do they really understand it?
My Mantra is: “I have fibromyalgia. It does not have me.”
Continue reading “10 Things to Inspire – Fibromyalgia Awareness Day”
Some days it may be hard to see past the pain, but being able to do just that may be instrumental in our happiness, success, and well-being. It’s not a matter of ignoring or hiding the pain, but more a place of looking past the darkness of the pain to find the light – something to look forward to, something positive, good, and joyful.
“Find a place inside where there’s joy and the joy will burn out the pain.”
Here’s wishing you a joy-filled, pain-free weekend!
Just remember that setbacks are temporary. We all stumble, falter, or fail at some point in our lives, but it’s how we pick ourselves up and carry on that matters. Persistence and determination will overshadow those setbacks and help you overcome.
The Daily+ brought to you by Aura Cacia…. More is not Better. This should be our mantra not just on Mondays, but every day. Rather than tackling a long and overwhelming to do list, focus on what’s important first. Set your top three priorities for the day, and do them. It helps you feel more accomplished, less buried. Focus.
I start my planner each day with the top three priorities. Today I have to tackle budget prep and an upcoming project prep.
What are you top priorities for the day?
I have had difficulty accepting that I cannot do what I once could. I am not the same person I once was.
Life in general requires overcoming challenges and obstacles of many types. Life with fibromyalgia introduces its own share of challenges: lack of energy, lack of sleep, chronic pain being the most prevalent. These things can change who you are and how you approach life. What once was a simple task, such as getting out of bed in the morning, can now be a daily struggle.
In the years since my diagnosis, my biggest challenge has been SLOWING DOWN. I have had difficulty accepting that I cannot do what I once could. I am not the same person I once was. Type A personalities like myself prefer to be in the game rather than sitting on the sidelines.
Adopting health strategies such as a clean diet, regular workouts, and supplements, has helped lessen the daily pain and limited my “flares” of my fibromyalgia. It has allowed me to maintain a moderately active lifestyle. And then I begin to think: Maybe I am OK. Maybe I am in some sort of remission. Maybe I can push myself just a little harder. And that thinking usually ends in a crash and burn, i.e. fibro flare and bed rest. Slowing down, resting allows the body to recover from the stresses put upon it. Without a recovery period, we can do our bodies more harm than good.
Continue reading “The Challenge of Slowing Down”
Wow! Grateful and humbled by my nomination from Sara AKA FibroButterfly18 who writes the blog The Last Days of Pompeii . Her blog, like mine, is written from the perspective of someone who lives with fibromyalgia and other chronic conditions, but doesn’t let it define her. She looks at each day as a gift and is much happier for it. So check out her blog.
And before I could even get this blog post finished, I was also nominated by LadyFibroWarrior, who was on my list of nominees before I heard from her about nominating me! She is another awesome fibrowarrior blogging about life with fibromyalgia and maintaining a positive attitude.
Please check them both of these lovely ladies’ blogs out. You know you want to! And Thank you both for honoring me with this. Continue reading “The Sunshine Blogger Award”
I just want to take a moment to thank Lee at Fibro Blogger Directory for adding my site to the directory:
I have admired many of these bloggers for several years now, so I am grateful to be included amongst them. I have been working hard these past few months to be more deliberate, consistent, and relevant with my content, and write about what I know. And I feel my work is paying off!
With heartfelt thanks ❤