As I imagine would be true for most people, chronic illness took me by surprise. Here's seven ways in which fibromyalgia radically changed (overtook?) my life:
1. I was unprepared for the unrelenting fatigue
I was used to moving furniture around, taking my kids places, cooking, and cleaning my home. Chronic, unrelenting fatigue put an end to all of that. We live in a small house now, where the furniture pretty much stays where it was originally put. My children are grown and out on their own. My husband does the cooking, and we recently hired someone to do the cleaning. I just want to clarify that fatigue is not the same as being tired. When you're tired, you get a nap or a good night's sleep, and you're re-energized. With fatigue, no matter how much sleep you get, there is no relief.
2. I did not anticipate the loneliness
I was used to a busy household with teenagers coming and going, the noise, and the comfort all of that brought to this mama. Now that it's just my hubby and me, well, it gets really lonely for me and way too quiet when he's at work. Friends are too busy with their own lives, and I understand that. They may think people come and hang out with me, but the truth is they don't. I'm so thankful for my sister who comes and hangs out with me at least once a month.
3. Shopping has become an endurance sport
I always loved shopping, especially grocery shopping. Now on the days when I feel good enough to accompany my husband, I usually have to go si