Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, and sleep issues.
When I was first diagnosed with Fibromyalgia almost 20 years ago, it wasn’t a well known or understood condition. Twenty years later and it’s still not well understood by the medical community, but I would say it is more well known these days thanks to high profile people with fibromyalgia, like Lady Gaga, Morgan Freeman, and Lena Dunham, among others.
Fibromyalgia is characterized by widespread pain, fatigue, and sleep issues. I typically wake up with morning stiffness that can be felt the second my feet hit the floor. And some days I often think the list of what doesn’t hurt is shorter than the list that does.
Hard to believe it’s been a month since we have been under “stay at home” orders here in Texas. I thankfully have been working the entire time, mostly at home. And no cleaning closets or planting flowers for me. The shorter commute seems to have translated into longer work days. Yikes!
But on the bright side, I am eating well, taking frequent walks, spending more time with my family cooking, baking, and doing puzzles. And I am not dealing with the stress of commuting!
I heard this song that I love while I was walking the other day. The lyrics inspired my board this week… Everyone needs help sometimes…even the moon!
We all could definitely use some more love, joy, happiness, and kindness these days. Being constantly bombarded with the world news and economy right can be a bit much for anyone to take. I always prefer to look on the bright side of things, which I feel helps my overall health. Shelter in place, social distancing, or lock-downs aside, let’s all just breathe and spread love and joy.
It’s been a hot minute or two since I posted anything here. Sometimes in life you just have to decide what priorities deserve your energy and what can be sidelined or dropped. For me social media and blogging have taken a back seat these days.
However, I do still update my letter boards (I have one for work and one for home now) just about every week and thought I would post this one this week, since I know there’s many of you that can relate!
“Not to brag or anything, but I can forget what I am doing while I am doing it!” #FunnyFibro
This past year has been difficult for me. I wasn’t in the holiday spirit last year. This year is a little better, but it will be our first without my Dad. When my parents’ owned a day care (I was in college), my dad dressed up as Santa for all the kids. And then when my kids and nephews were little, he did the same. My dad was always a focal point of entertainment, and his presence is sorely missed when my family gets together.
I just returned from a trip to Salt Lake City for work, and Portland to see my mom and one of my brothers and sisters-in-law. We had a nice family dinner while I was there. It reminded me of all of holidays of the past, but as the years go on the numbers attending just dwindles. We are all spread across the country in four different states – just in my immediate family. If you start counting cousins and in-laws that’s another six states. So family gatherings just aren’t the same.
With Thanksgiving just a little over a week away, I wanted to put this reminder out there into the universe. We should all count our blessings, hug our loves ones, and be thankful for what we have and giving to others and those less fortunate than us year-round, not just at the holidays.