Article: 3 Reasons Why An Invisible Illness Is More Dangerous

Invisible illnesses can indeed be more dangerous than visible ones. This recent article posted on the Huff Post, articulates how an increased risk of suicide, judgement and prejudice from others and finally, a lack of research funding, puts those of us with invisible illnesses in danger. Read the full article here:  3 Reasons Why An Invisible…

Exercise with Fibromyalgia

I ran across this great three part, YouTube series by Dr. Richard Podell with Dr. Kim Jones, discussing exercise tips for those with fibromyalgia. I found this series helpful, maybe you will too. Segment One  Segment Two  Segment Three  All doctors tell their FM patients to get more exercise, but many of those doctors don’t seem…

Parenting with Fibromyalgia

Amma, why don’t you come to all my baseball games?, Amma, why do you sometimes stay back in the room when we are on vacation? Amma, why did you sit out the hike after our kayaking trip?…………..these are some of the many varied but similar themed questions my boys ask me. My answer is always…

FM…..analogized

Christmas lights in July 🙂 I can hear ya thinking…..what is she talkin about? It’s not even halloween yet and she is already thinking of Christmas….well I am not thinking of Christmas but the aches and pains that make me feel like someone has turned on the twinkly lights in my body. I have always…

Fibromyalgia Awareness #4

My final post for Fibromyalgia Awareness is taken directly from The National Fibromyalgia Association. TEN IMPORTANT FIBROMYALGIA FACTS 1. ALWAYS believe in yourself emotionally and physically.  No one can tell you what you are experiencing is not real!  Fibromyalgia (FM) is a chronic medical disorder just like diabetes, hypertension, & asthma.  While there are still…

You Are Enough

“Let whatever you do today be enough. Let go of the judgement you have about what you should be or could be doing, and today, allow yourself to simply be. Comparing yourself and your journey may be habitual, but it gets you nowhere. It makes you feel worse and it keeps you stuck. So stop…

6 Things about Chronic Pain You Didn’t Know You Knew

Originally posted on Then Everything Changed:
Chronic pain isn’t just constant pain, though that would be more than enough for anyone to handle, the truth is chronic pain always brings friends. These added challenges are obvious, but rarely taken into consideration by “healthy” people.  Remembering that like all bullies chronic pain travels with a gang…

Harmonious Performance @ MICCA 2016

Congratulations to the Blanchard Memorial Elementary Band on earning a Gold Medal award today at #MICCA2016. The band has 4th, 5th and 6th graders and they competed against bands from middle school’s and junior high’s from around the region. They have been working very hard since December 2015 and this was a great experience for them,…

Chronic Illness and Acceptance

source: buddhadoodles.com I try really hard to stay positive about having fibromyalgia. The more negative I feel about it, the more pain I have. I have learned to focus on gratitude, but even this sometimes fails. Today I am having one of those days. This flare has been hanging around for two months and decided…

The Stigma of Fibromyalgia

The social stigma of fibromyalgia is a hardship that all sufferers have to endure. It can come from doctors, coworkers, well-meaning friends and family. These people base their understanding on outdated medical information, stereotypes and an inability to see our pain. We are told we are lazy, over sensitive, weak, fakers, complainers, attention seekers and…

What Is A Flare?

Last week, I mentioned that I was flaring and I thought it might be helpful to explain what a flare is, for the readers who don’t know. A fibromyalgia flare is described as an increase in pain, fatigue and other symptoms, brought on by stress, illness or some other trigger.  Pain scales are designed to help patient…

Celebrating my pain……..free from FM meds for 12 months

What better way to celebrate being FM meds free, side-effect free, somewhat withdrawal free……….by getting ink’d of course 🙂 Those who know me know my struggle with chronic FM pain and also how the cocktail of meds caused so many side effects that I was mostly numb….devoid of feelings. It was exactly a year ago, in…