8 Invaluable Lessons Fibromyalgia Taught Me

8 Invaluable Lessons Fibromyalgia Taught meBeing diagnosed with Fibromyalgia has changed my life. It’s easy to focus on all the negatives but today I’m focusing on the invaluable lessons Fibromyalgia taught me.

  1. Fibromyalgia taught me how to lean on other people. Asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. It took a fibro diagnosis for me to really get the meaning of this. I now know that seeking support is the best thing to do for my health.
  2. Fibromyalgia taught me how strong I really am, that I am able to get through whatever life hands me. Adjusting to life with a fibromyalgia is tough, but now that I’ve done that, I know that I am better equipped to handle whatever else comes my way. I learned that I have more courage and strength than I had ever given myself credit for.

    Fibromyalgia taught me how strong I really am, that I am able to get through whatever life hands me.

  3. Fibromyalgia taught me to appreciate the simple things in life – snuggling with my cats, homemade ice-cream, the beauty of nature or a call from a friend. Some days every muscle in my body will be in agony but this makes me appreciate the good pain days even more and to value the positives in my life.
  4. Fibromyalgia allowed me to tap into a more empathetic side of myself. I can relate more to people who may be going through tough times. It taught me how to be more empathetic and understanding of people and their situations. My heart breaks for anyone who is in pain.

    Fibromyalgia allowed me to tap into a more empathetic side of myself

  5. Fibromyalgia taught me the importance of saying ‘no’. I had to learn how to distinguish doing important things for other people and doing important things for me. I alone am responsible for not only setting my health boundaries but enforcing them as well. My energy is precious, I have to use it wisely. Sometimes I have to say ‘no’ so that I can rest and look after myself.
  6. Fibromyalgia showed me what true friendship looks like. Some people don’t understand what it is like to live with fibro. I have discovered my true friends, those who are here for me no matter what. Fibromyalgia has shown me an appreciation for the people that have stuck with me on my journey. I am blessed.

    Fibromyalgia showed me what true friendship looks like. (1)

  7. Fibromyalgia taught me that self-care is important. Self-care is a necessity. It is as important as the air you breathe. If you don’t put yourself on your own priority list and take care of yourself, no one else will either.
  8. Fibromyalgia taught me that I could belong to a wonderful online community. I’ve become part of a strong, supportive community. They remind me that I’m never alone. Being able to lean on people in the same situation who know what I am going through is so inspiring and comforting. Sharing my story through this blog has helped and inspired others. I never knew that being so open and honest about what I go through and how I live my life would be so helpful for other Fibro sufferers.

    Fibromyalgia taught me that I could be part of a meaningful online community

Living with Fibromyalgia is a challenge, but I know I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it wasn’t part of my journey through life.  Whatever else life throws at me, I am ready. I am a fibro fighter!

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33 Responses to 8 Invaluable Lessons Fibromyalgia Taught Me

  1. JenniferDavis says:

    Claire ,reading your post was quite inspirational.I have been diagnosed 3 months ago.Every day seems to be worse.I feel a little more positive now.Thanks for cheering up my day xx

  2. It’s good that you’ve learnt things from a not so nice situation. You certainly learn how strong you are in situations like these x

  3. Joanna says:

    It’s good u have learnt good things from this. I must admit I don’t really know what fibromyalgia is.

  4. I completely agree with all of these – especially that self care is important – I hope it’s something you’re practising xx

  5. Vicki | Cake Escapes says:

    Well done you for for fighting Fibro! I have several friends with fibro, I will share this post with them, your positivity is inspiring! Keep on going!

  6. Liz Mays says:

    It’s great that you’ve been able to learn so much from your experiences. I can see how the everyday fight can make you stronger.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    A very thought provoking post. It’s good to see the positive in a difficult situation.

  8. Its great that it taught you to appreciate the little things in life, I think a lot of people can learn from your wisdom.

  9. Sarah Bailey says:

    I am totally with you on this – it is amazing how much Fibro can change your life, but also teach you things as well.

  10. Rachel says:

    Enjoying the simple things in life is something we should all be doing more of x

  11. Amy hunt says:

    I’ve heard of some people with Fibro and yet don’t really know much about it, there definitely needs to be more awareness. I’m glad you’ve seen the positives from the nightmare of a condition.

  12. Its really great to read that you are so positive and dealing with this in your stride.

  13. I think that things like this really show you how strong you are!

  14. Anosa says:

    Thanks for sharing the lessons you’ve learned and hopefully help someone learn the same. It’s amazing when you’re on self discovery and learn lots about yourself and your inner strength

  15. Hannah says:

    It’s good to hear the lessons you have learned xx

  16. It sounds like having Fibromyalgia has made you a stronger person, such great positivity and you are a fab role model for others xx

  17. I think many people still need to learn to appreciate the simple things especially in this day and age. Those that have reached this stage live happier lives x

  18. I think it is really commendable that you’re looking for lessons learned while coping with an illness xxx

  19. Stephen says:

    Having read your post it brought home how much I possibly take for granted!

  20. Clara says:

    Claire,Feel like we are such similar wavelengths, truly- real kindred spirit Sisu warriors(Sisu is a Finnish word meaning resilient)! Am a group leader on a support group on MDJunction called Fibromyalgia & Me SG. Just shared this inspirational post as a link with everyone there- hope many check it out! My username there is Clarita, btw.

    Thanks for being You Claire-and thanks for this blog which is a breath of fresh air!

    Sending warmest wishes to you on your journey, Namaste from a Sisu warrior from a place called Devon in the UK 🙂

  21. Barb says:

    Thank you so much. I was diagnosed 14 years ago and like you, I try very hard to look for the positives, but I am having a very bad week, my legs don’t work and my arms take turns being out of commission. You have reminded me that weeks like this don’t have to bring me so far down. There are better days ahead, I hope, lol. Thank you.

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