When I found out that May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month, I invited my friend Sara to share some thoughts with you. I urge you to read her story carefully. Compassion is always needed when you deal with an invisible illness.
Sara’s Story – Part 1
“My name is Sara and I wanted to share a bit of my story and living with Fibromyalgia. May is Fibromyalgia Awareness Month and this invisible illness needs awareness. Currently, there is no known cause, no cure, and no real medicine that will help. The best you can hope for is a small bit of relief. Honestly, it’s sad but true. You eventually get used to the pain. Before I get ahead of myself, let me tell you a little bit about my story.
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia about 6 years ago. Getting a diagnosis was the hardest part. I went to many doctors and saw many specialists. They either made me feel like I was crazy, blamed it on depression, blamed it on anxiety, and honestly some of them just made me cry. I was at the point to where I thought maybe I am crazy.
Then I started seeing my current doctor. He is the one who fought to find answers as quickly as possible. He’s the one who didn’t give up on me and believed me! When I did get the diagnosis of fibromyalgia part of me was relieved because hey, I wasn’t crazy. However, knowing that you’re going to live in pain the rest of your life, you have to go through a process. I think it started out as shocked and it switched to sadness, denial, disbelief and then finally after many years, acceptance. I can finally say I am at peace with what I have in life even though I have to struggle. It’s still worth living. My only wish is that other people would be more understanding of this debilitating illness.
Having chronic pain means many things change, and a lot of them are invisible. Unlike having cancer or being hurt in an accident, most people do not understand even a little about chronic pain and its affects. Those that think they do are usually misinformed. So if you have questions ask me or do a little research.
I would just like to add, I didn’t choose this, at least not consciously! Nobody wants to feel like this. I sure don’t! But I am grateful for everything I’ve learned from this illness. I’m more patient, more understanding, more compassionate and more authentically me because of this illness.
If you know someone living with Fibromyalgia or chronic pain, remember we could use some of that compassion and understanding reflected back our way.” Sara
Thank you Sara for enlightening us regarding this invisible illness.
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