How long have you been struggling to accept your diagnosis of Fibromyalgia?
I was three years struggling big time. No way, no how did I have Fibro. Ugh Ugh not me. Then another two years slowly negotiating acceptance with myself.
Four different doctors, including a top notch Rheumatologist all diagnosed Fibromyalgia and yet I convinced myself time and time again that they were wrong. I didn't have it and I could keep working if I just pushed myself.
Five years all tolled for me to finally accept my Fibro diagnosis and to realize that no matter how hard I try I can no longer go to work in the traditional sense.
I can't get a job. It's really that simple. My chronic illness makes me too unpredictable. I've become unreliable...shudder! The right thing to do is to stop lying to myself and others. I need to stop letting people down by saying yes when the only honest answer is 'maybe'.
I can't say yes in advance because I have no idea what my physical limitations will be at the time. I will only know that day, and even then my health can change in a split second.
"The Key to coping with Fibromyalgia is accepting that the problem is chronic..." - Suzanne Levy
Acceptance was a loooooonnnnngggg time coming. I mean, don't get me wrong. I'm not 'giving up' on finding ways to feel better. I'm not going to just lay here and do nothing.
I've negotiated a compromise with myself. I accept my Fibromyalgia diagnosis and with it comes limitations. I will test my limits, but not push so far as to hurt myself and I will not give up hope.
So, the way I figure it is, that happiness is what I should be aiming for. It's just one of those post Fibro diagnosis times (very rare indeed) when I can't lose. I mean, no matter how you look at it, a life with happiness is a win. Right?
I love learning. Yup, another thing about myself that I'd lost sight of. To be happy, truly happy I need to be learning about new things.
I need challenge of some kind. But, it has to be something that I can do in bits and pieces. No deadlines that can not be extended and nobody to disappoing when I can't do anything.
Helping people makes me happy. I'm enjoying my pursuit of natural pain relief by being creative in the kitchen.
And so, this is how www.FunWaysToHeal.com got its start.
It's a place where I can share my after diagnosis of Fibromyalgia stories and my natural relief experimenting tales in the hopes that my experiences will help someone else.
Bonus! I get to constantly learn about new things. Sometimes I'll add new pages frequently, sometimes not so much. That's just the way it is when you're living life with Fibromyalgia.
Either way, I sure do hope you join me on my journey.
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