Being 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
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!