Did you know that Dr. Seuss, the famous children’s author, wanted to quit after his first book was rejected for the 27th time? I know the pain and fatigue of FM makes us want to quit so many times. But who knows? Maybe the next medication will be the one that brings us relief — or tomorrow someone will come up with a cure. Don’t quit hoping.
It’s very difficult if you don’t have people in your corner cheering you on as you battle the various symptoms of your fibromyalgia. I’m blessed to have my husband who has my back. I know some of you are alone and could use a good coach to help you through these tough days. If you’re a woman who doesn’t have a soft place to land and needs some encouragement and support from other women, feel free to join my Facebook group, In Spite of My Illness.
We must also fight to get the medical care we need. Finding doctors who not only understand fibromyalgia but are willing to listen are a must. We shouldn’t settle for less. If you don’t feel listened to, or your concerns are not addressed to your satisfaction, it’s time to find a new physician. One thing I’m going to ask my doctor about today is medical marijuana, and whether she prescribes it or even recommends it.
Fight to keep friendships that are dear to you. Send friends cards or call them; don’t just wait for them to reach out to you. If you value their friendship, show them. It’s hard to keep healthy friendships when we’re struggling with FM, so let’s be more proactive in ways that we’re able to.
Let your children see you fight the good fight, and be an example to them of someone who doesn’t give up. Keep a positive outlook. I,t’s something that they will look back on when they fight their own struggles in life. If we whine and complain, we teach them to do the same. I’m working hard to set a good example for my grown children.
You are stronger than you feel and you’re a survivor! You need to keep fighting for your family, your friends, your dreams, and most importantly for yourself. I’m standing on the sidelines cheering you on!
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