I have found a new calling after my fibromyalgia diagnosis — perhaps you are like me, and found a new calling, too. If not, maybe it’s something to think about. Before my diagnosis my life was pretty busy with kids, school and running errands. But as I got sicker, and was finally diagnosed, everything sort of came to a stop, and I had to decide what was I going to do going forward.
One of the first things that I did was to create a Facebook group just for women struggling with fibromyalgia, and eventually it became a group for women with ANY type of chronic illness. It is an honor and a privilege for me to be able to support and encourage these women.
A little over a year ago, I was contacted by BioNews Services based on something that I wrote for The Mighty. I was asked if I would be interested in writing for Fibromyalgia News Today. I never considered myself a particularly good writer, but I was encouraged by one of their editors, and started writing a column once a week, which eventually turned into twice a week.
Because I was gaining confidence as a writer, I decided to invest in a course called self-publishing school. The course teaches you how to write and publish a book in 90 days; so, of course, I was intrigued. I’m still at the beginning stages of writing my first draft and it’s pushing my limits a little bit, but I’m very excited about it. I’m hopeful that this will be the first of many books. This first book is going to be a devotional for chronically ill women — sorry, guys.
I’ve also been playing around with creating graphics, both for my business and just for personal use. I’m always looking for ways to monetize my talents — of which, some I have yet to discover. Because I’m no longer able to work outside my home, I’m always looking for ideas and praying about opportunities for me to make money.
I decided long ago that I was not going to let fibromyalgia defeat me, or define who I was. I’ve connected with like-minded people on Facebook and on Periscope (which is a live streaming app that’s related to Twitter).
I would really like to encourage you to find something that you’re good at; something that you’re passionate about and enjoy doing, and to do those things. And, when possible, find a way that you can monetize them. I would love to hear your thoughts.
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