Making Time for Play Is Part of My Fibromyalgia Therapy

Making Time for Play Is Part of My Fibromyalgia Therapy
I had all but forgotten how to play. I even looked it up in the dictionary once. It was defined as “time spent doing something enjoyable or amusing.” Most of my life has been spent being sick or chasing a cure. There was little time for having fun. While the rest of the world was enjoying leisure time, I was struggling with health issues. I was either in pain or lacking energy. When the situation became intolerable, I spent decades being examined and tested to find out what was wrong with me. After I was finally diagnosed with fibromyalgia, I devoted my spare time to research and experimentation. I tried to find the right doctor and the right medication. I struggled to care for my family while working full time at a demanding job and attending college at night. There was no time for play. Many years later, my body finally said, “No can do.” The state of my physical and mental health had reached an all-time low and work was no longer an option. I'll never know whether a lack of fun contributed to the decline of my health, but I suspect that it played a role. My first month of unemployment I did little besides sleep. Not that I had a choice. I fell asleep sitting in a chair. Once, I nodded off while standing at the stove. An occasional trip to the grocery store was the only reason I left the house. Of the therapies I’d tried over the years, this period of rest was the most curative. In time, I attempted activities recommended for fibromyalgia patients:
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