The title says it all, doesn't it? Seems to be so easy, right? What if I told you it was, or it can be? Would you believe me?
In an article in the National Pain Report (http://nationalpainreport.com/my-pain-is-not-me-8832971.html), Suzanne Stewart discusses what she does to live a full life while living with chronic pain disorders. And, she writes about how she is often questioned by those who don't live with these disorders. They often cannot comprehend that we can function (just differently) because if we can live a full life, are we really in pain?
I'm sure many of you question the same thing, whether you live with a chronic pain disorder or not. As someone that lives with chronic pain (obviously, or I wouldn't be writing this blog), I can tell you it IS possible. Stewart provides a couple of examples including: going out for dinner, gentle exercise, and quality time with friends and family. She states that she tries to do something "social" every day to keep some normality in her life. These are all excellent examples of things YOU can do as well. Will there be days where you are hurting too much, or are too foggy to participate? Absolutely. And, you need to forgive yourself and accept it. I can help you with this!
Of course life with a chronic illness changes your life, but it doesn't have to cause you to live an isolated and lonely one. You may not have friends that understand why you need to cancel at the last minute, but as long as they are supportive, they are keepers. Unfortunately, we all have had experiences where relationships go badly due to our illness. Again, this is not your fault. In my opinion, these people that aren't willing to learn or accept you as the "new you," aren't worth your time and energy (But, that's a whole separate thing I could write a book about!). I have learned this the "hard" way.
Are you interested in finding a balance between how you functioned pre-fibro and how you function with the diagnosis? Would you like some assistance in ways that you can feel like you are a productive member of society? Feel free to drop me a line and we can talk about it, because I have some GREAT ideas for you. As I say in my email signature: I'm using the disease that at one time knocked me down, to help support others learn to live their life to the fullest! If you're ready, I'm here to help. Just reach out. =)
I’m Kate Straus and I’m a Certified Fibromyalgia Advisor. I help Jewish women feel confident in their ability to practice their faith while navigating the ups and downs of fibromyalgia. I’m using the disease that at one time knocked me down, to help support others live life to their fullest.