Today is Fibromyalgia Awareness Day, May 12th, this is what having Fibromyalgia has taught me…….
My top 12 lessons learnt
1. Giving birth is a picnic compared to a fibro pain day.
2. It’s also worse than a toothache.
3. The brain fog that it brings has you believing at times that you’re losing your mind….. maybe I am?
4. The tremors and shakes make you spill your coffee…..not happy !!!
5. The fatigue steals your days and screws up your nights.
6. The depression and anxiety takes away your confidence and ability to work and play.
7. I’ve learnt to be patient…..with myself and others.
8. It brings out the best in your family and friends.
9. You find strength you never knew you had.
10. You appreciate the little things in life.
11. You find new ways of doing.
12. Most of all……you find your true self.
The one thing, if I could get through to everyone is to live your life to its fullest whether you are completely well or if you carry an illness of some sort.
None of us really knows what the future will be for ourselves or for others. This illness can strip the strongest of people down to the ground. No, for the most part you can’t see it, that’s why it’s called an invisible illness but please, if someone is telling you this or any other of the many invisible illness is what they have………believe them….
Anyone that has them, wouldn’t be able to lie about the way it makes them feel…..and trust me…..I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. It strips your soul……but we are fighters and we continue to fight each and every day.
At this point in time, there is no cure despite what you may read on Facebook or Twitter or anywhere else. Yes, the Drs are working toward more understanding and better treatments I’m sure, but I believe a cure is a long way off.
So for now, we get up and do the best we can everyday. We even manage to do it with a smile most days……however, there are always tears……tears for the pain, the fatigue and what we truly can’t do anymore. As you can see, I have found strengths in this life change. Maybe it was the illness I needed to have……I doubt it, but hey……you’ve got to look on the bright side sometimes.
If you know someone with Fibromyalgia or an invisible illness, reach out to them and say hi……they will appreciate more than you could possibly know.