Although the condition itself was recognized as early as the 1800s, it was called fibrositis because it was believed to be caused by inflammation. Fibromyalgia wasn’t given its name until 1976, and, although often lumped with arthritis conditions, it does not cause inflammation or damage to the joints and muscles, but rather widespread pain throughout the body.
Even though it’s been around for hundreds of years, it’s only had its name for less than 50 years. A cure is non-existent as of yet, and treatments and medical opinions still widely vary.
As May comes to a close, I want to share a collection of top tips from bloggers who also chronicle their journeys with fibromyalgia. I want you to know you are not alone – there are others who have come before you and are here to help.
Summer is here and after a year+ of COVID lockdowns, restrictions, grocery shortages, and masks, the world is ready to get out. Out to eat. Out to the movies. Out in the sun. Out to travel or see friends. Or just to get on with their lives. I, myself, have been ready for some time now to travel or just get back to normalcy, but these words are often easier said than done for a variety of reasons.
Obviously this post is a little late, as we are now in the 3rd month of 2021! I have started so many posts the last few months, only to get pulled away into something else. I am juggling some extra duties at work these days, as well as helping care for my mom after moving her across the country to be near me. So writing, painting, and other hobbies that give my life a sense of normalcy have taken a back seat.
And then 2021 has been a bit of a kick in the teeth for those of us living in Texas. Plus getting the second shot of my COVID-19 vaccine has caused a fibro-flare and perpetual exhaustion.
Even changing out my letter board has gone from weekly to monthly, or whenever I can find a few spare minutes. But here’s one from the New Year I am finally getting around to sharing.
“Every day is a fresh start…every sunrise is a new adventure.”
“Life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful.”
I have had this quote in my office for a few weeks now and just haven’t found the time/energy/motivation to write anything. After 100+ days of quarantine, one cancelled vacation, getting birthday wishes from my husband on the wrong day, and rediscovering hobbies that make me happy, I have definitely discovered that life doesn’t have to be perfect to be wonderful. Sometimes you just have to make your own happiness and joy.