Most people think that suppressing their feelings is the best way to deal with hardship; that somehow crying and expressing intense emotions will make you "weaker" or that you "will cry and never be able to stop." In actuality, the opposite can occur. Not addressing your feelings only worsens physical symptoms, and also may produce depression. Many may not realize that depression is actually sadness internalized, so not acknowledging profound sadness over time can put you at risk for developing depression (aside from genetic predisposition.)Naturally, the onset of a confirmed diagnosis of a chronic illness is bound to produce an abundance of different emotions, from relief that all of those strange symptoms actually have a name, to anger that you will have to live with this illness. I had been trying to function as if this illness was a shared part of me, rather than a condition that required my full attention. Plus, I was trying to cope to changes to address stress, flares and triggers. The loss of my beloved dad-in-law, as well as my job, forced me into a position of facing me, myself and fibromyalgia. As I have done a couple of times in my life when profoundly sad, I took to my be
Editor's note: This column is in continuation of "Learning to Accept Fibromyalgia, Part One: Coping and Careers."